Cloud, backup and storage devices: How best to protect your data
We are producing more data than ever before, with more than 2.5 quintillion bytes produced every day, according to computer giant IBM. We have never been so connected through smart phones & devices, smart watches, laptops and all sorts of wearable technologies inundating today’s marketplace. We are also continuously sending and receiving data over our networks. This unstoppable growth is unsustainable without some kind of smartness in the way we all produce, store, share and backup data now and in the future.
In the cloud – Cloud services play an essential role in achieving sustainable data management by easing the strain on bandwidth, storage and backup solutions. But is the cloud paving the way to better backup services or is it rendering backup itself obsolete? And what’s the trade-off in terms of data safety, and how can it be mitigated so you can safely store your data in the cloud? The cloud is often thought of as an online backup solution that works in the back- ground on your devices to keep your photos and documents, whether personal or work related, backed up on remote servers. In reality, it connects people together, helping them store and share data online and even work together online. It also makes your data ubiquitous, so that if you lose your phone or laptop or your device fails you simply buy a new one, sign in to your cloud account & voila! – all your data are on your new device in a matter of minutes.
Do you really back up your data? – An important advantage of cloud-based backup services is also the automation and ease of use. With traditional backup solutions, such as using a separate drive, people often discover, a little too late, that they did not back up certain files. Relying on the user to do backups is risky, so automating it is exactly where cloud backup is making a difference. Cloud solutions have begun to evolve from online backup services to primary storage services. People are increasingly moving from storing their data on their device’s internal storage (hard drives) to storing them directly in cloud-based repositories such as Microsoft’s Azure, Amazon’s AWS, Google Drive, Apple iCloud and Dropbox. If your entire workspace is in the cloud, is backup no longer needed? No.
In fact, backup is more relevant than ever, as disasters can strike cloud providers themselves, with hacking and ransomware affecting cloud storage too. Backup has always had the purpose of reducing risks using redundancy, by duplicating data across multiple locations.The same can apply to cloud storage which can be duplicated across multiple cloud locations or multiple cloud service providers.
Privacy matters – Yet beyond the disruption of the backup market, the number-one concern about the use of cloud services for storing user data is privacy. Data privacy is strategically important, particularly when company, investor, client and customer data are all involved. When it comes to technology, encryption tools protecting your sensitive data have actually been around for a long time. Encryption works by scrambling your data with a very large digital number (called a key) that you keep secret so that only you can decrypt the data. Nobody else can decode your data without that key. Using encryption tools to encrypt your data with your own key before transferring it into the cloud is a sensible thing to do. Some cloud service providers are now offering this option.
Share vs encryption – But if you store data in the cloud for the purpose of sharing it with others, then you might require a process to distribute encryption keys to multiple participants. People you share data with would need to get the key too, in some way or another. Once you share that key, how would you revoke it later on? More importantly, how would you keep using the collaboration features offered by cloud providers, such as MS Office 365, while working on encrypted files? These are the key challenges ahead for cloud users, providers and vendors like Storm IT Financial. Solutions to those challenges are truly be game-changing for users of the Cloud.
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Storm IT Financial FinTech News & Trends picks: Week 23rd April – 27th April 2018
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Duff & Phelps: Regulatory Focus – April 2018
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Artificial intelligence will wipe out half the banking jobs in a decade, experts say
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