Safeguarding Cloud Backups
THE INTRONIS ADVANTAGE
Recent revelations about government surveillance coupled with the growing number of threats to corporate data safety and integrity highlight the importance of security in cloud-based data storage and backup systems. Partners need a way to ensure client backup and recovery data is well protected both at rest and in transit.
Critical business data is under siege. Hackers and rogue insiders regularly compromise vital information, putting organizations at risk for financial loss and damage to their brands and reputations. At the same time, news of intrusive government surveillance into private data stores has heightened concerns over privacy breaches and loss of proprietary data. While today’s businesses have stepped up investments to harden production systems that contain sensitive data, fewer than half are taking steps to secure cloud-based backup systems housing the same critical files. The Ponemon Institue recently found that 63 percent of business IT decision-makers have no idea what their service providers are doing to protect the sensitive or confidential data entrusted to them.
Partners with backup and recovery practices are in a unique position to help clients safeguard their most important information assets. Filling the gap in the security of cloud backup and recovery systems adds significant value to the solution provider’s BCDR offering at a time when business clients need it most.
The best way to secure cloud backup and recovery data is through encryption. Encoding information to keep it from being read by prying eyes ensures backup data stores remain as safe as the production systems they mirror. But not just any encryption will suffice. Partners need to deliver battle-tested, military-grade encryption with assurances that only the client can access the source data. And strong encryption protocols must cover client data while it is being transmitted to the data center and while it is stored there.
Fewer than 40 percent of organizations globally rely on encryption as data is transferred over the network. Thirty-five percent say they apply persistent encryption before data is transferred to the cloud, while just one quarter employs encryption with the cloud for data at rest, according to Ponemon.
This gap in cloud backup data security opens significant opportunity for partners prepared to offer strong encryption features as part of their overall BCDR practice offerings. The peace of mind and control offered by the end-to-end encryption of cloud backup data is a big driver of cloud security services and software, a market Gartner expects to top $3.2 billion in 2015.
THE INTRONIS ADVANTAGE:
Managed services providers need a backup vendor partner that delivers certifiably secure and reliable data storage. Intronis goes beyond industry-standard 128-bit encryption, offering its clients full, military-grade encryption, SSL (Secure Socket Layers) and 256-bit AES encryption on stored and in-transit data.
This is the same encryption method used by the National Security Agency to protect documents classified as Top Secret. With our private encryption key option, a 48-character string is converted into a 256-bit encryption key given only to the client; the key is never transmitted over the Internet or stored on Intronis servers. With the private key option and the key in the user’s hands only, not even Intronis personnel can access the stored and encrypted data.
At Intronis, all encrypted backup data is in mirrored, geographically diverse Tier-IV data centers with SSAE 16 certification that addresses the physical security of the data centers, the privacy of customer data and the stability of Intronis’ overall business.
Solution providers trust Intronis to deliver the industry’s most secure cloud backup environment with best-in-class encryption technology that lets their clients know their mission-critical data is always available and always safe.