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  • Keeping Backups Safe in the Cloud

    We all are aware of the various cloud storage providers like Google Drive, DropBox, Apple iCloud, Microsoft Skydrive, etc., and certainly these services are good for storing non-critical data, IMO. However, when it comes to backing up the critical business data, it becomes necessary for businesses to think about disaster recovery plans, data encryption and determine whether the information is really secure. But, after recent incident happened with the DropBox security, I really doubt about the security of data in the cloud.

    Would you consider cloud computing to backup the critical business data? If yes, what steps a business should take to ensure that the backups are safe in the cloud?

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    Re: Keeping Backups Safe in the Cloud

    Originally posted by RogKacher View Post
    We all are aware of the various cloud storage providers like Google Drive, DropBox, Apple iCloud, Microsoft Skydrive, etc., and certainly these services are good for storing non-critical data, IMO. However, when it comes to backing up the critical business data, it becomes necessary for businesses to think about disaster recovery plans, data encryption and determine whether the information is really secure. But, after recent incident happened with the DropBox security, I really doubt about the security of data in the cloud.

    Would you consider cloud computing to backup the critical business data? If yes, what steps a business should take to ensure that the backups are safe in the cloud?
    Security issues would be present whether you use cloud or not. It is up to you how you choose to backup and secure your data. However, Cloud storage is very useful and does have it pros and cons. If you cloud for storage or backup then you should make sure you take all the necessary steps to protect your data.

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    • #3
      Re: Keeping Backups Safe in the Cloud

      That's absolutely correct. It's the customer's responsibility as well to implement the necessary steps to protect data in the cloud.

      Well, there are multiple ways to ensure the safety of your backups in the cloud. The first thing you need check is the Terms and Conditions (T&C). The T&C of the service you are signing for includes various important information about the service such as for which things you are and are not entitled to and it also states the hosting provider limitations of liability. Make sure you read the terms and conditions to know what you are and are not getting.

      You need to ensure that your data is encrypted while uploading, downloading and even when it is at rest. Never depend on the providers encryption, you can use your own encryption mechanism to ensure the safety of your data. When your data is fully encrypted while uploading, downloading and at rest, there is no need to concern about the unauthorized access to the data. Though the protection of your data is service provider's responsibility, however it's your own data and eventually you are responsible for the safety of your data too.

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      • #4
        Re: Keeping Backups Safe in the Cloud

        In addition, when you encrypt your data, it is necessary to store your passwords in the most secure ways. Saving them in the most secure ways doesn’t mean that you should save them in the same cloud storage where you are backing up your data. Mistakenly if the passwords are compromised, others would be able to access your data, and if the passwords are lost, nobody will be able to access your data, not even you.

        Also, many online cloud storage providers use background synchronization method to transfer data in the cloud which continuously runs in the background. It simply means that the deletions, malware infections, and changes sync instantly. However, it’s far different from the traditional point in time backup methods, where restoration can be done from a point in time. There are also some software's that can recover the previous versions of files.

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        • #5
          Re: Keeping Backups Safe in the Cloud

          Indeed, its customers responsibility as well. Today, many cloud-based service providers will provide you with all the information that you require, as to gain more business. However, it will be hard for you to move evaluate whether they are really able to offer you the promised things. For that, you need to contact other customer and ensure that the service provider has the best security policies implemented.

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          • #6
            Re: Keeping Backups Safe in the Cloud

            The cloud server platform is one of the safest places for storing the backups. The cloud backup solution is also ideal for the businesses that are looking for low cost yet efficient backup solutions. Cloud might not be the oldest backup solution available, however it is highly effective at ensuring the proper functioning of the organizations even at the time of disasters / data loss.

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            • #7
              Re: Keeping Backups Safe in the Cloud

              Ideally, nothing is safe until you keep updating latest releases which are required and addition of security like encryption backups, authentication for backup and restoration, secured or preferably private network which are the medium of backup travel from one location to another ( in layman terms). If the backup contains financial data or any important data which it's hacked or misplaced, you might be loosing a lot of business or even shut-down!

              Do ask you providers on security and test the environment before you signup with any hosting provider. eUKHOST backup solutions are encrypted and best in terms of security, you might want to consider the options available.

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