Backing up your data to an off-site, cloud-based location, is a sensible way to approach protecting the sensitive data that is the backbone of your business. The process can be incorporated into an automated system, the data is far enough away, geographically, that a local natural disaster likely won’t affect it, and if you need more space, you can buy it bit by bit, rather than having to replace expensive hardware. But how safe is it? Aren’t hackers always trying to mess with data in the cloud? We’re going to answer those questions and hopefully ease any potentially worried minds.
For starters, not all cloud backup services are created equal, so what might be so of one company’s offering, might not be so of another. Since we’re intimately familiar with our own service, that’s the one we’re basing this information on. As long as your service offers something similar, or perhaps even better, you should be in good shape.
Where does my data go?
Cloud has become the buzzword of all buzzwords in tech for the past few years, and it seems many people have no idea what that even means. They just know it means the data goes out there on “the Internet” somewhere, and some probably think that somewhere is down the seediest digital back alley in cyberspace, where criminals can scope it out and pickpocket the good stuff.
Well, in some cases, that might be true, but in most situations, that isn’t the case at all.
The Cloud is simply a server located in a data center, which is a building, where many other servers reside. The Internet, which is just a network of servers, is just the highway that carries your data to the data center.
Those data centers are staffed by people who maintain those servers and in most cases, the servers themselves, are kept in a locked location where only a few people are allowed to go. In the case of ours, you can’t get to them without going through multiple levels of physical security just to get to the door, which requires a PIN to access. Everything, inside and out, is also under 24-7 video surveillance. The building itself isn’t even labeled “Data Center.” It’s just a typical looking building that blends in with the other buildings around it.
Really though, when was the last time you ever heard about criminals banding together to physically take over a data center? This kind of crime doesn’t make sense when the data can be accessed remotely via the typical computer. So the real worries when it comes to data protection is keeping hackers from gaining access to valuable information, or from destroying stored data. Even this risk is minimal.
Is anything really hackerproof? Probably not. Where there is a will…
In reality, the best anybody can do is to make things hacker resistant by using appropriate protection protocols. If these are followed, then the likelihood of a server succumbing to a hacker attack is minimal because getting past the security is so time intensive, the payoff has to be big enough to warrant the time and effort. Hackers prefer easier targets, and for most part, that’s what they are looking for when they get the urge to violate the law.
In a properly protected environment, the likelihood your data will be hacked at the data center is slimmer than slim. Our data center employs security experts to continually stay on top of the issue and try to remain one step ahead of hacker tricks and tools. Again, though, anybody who says they are hackerproof is stretching the truth just a smidge. In reality, they are merely hacker-resistant. That said, the data at our datacenter is far better protected than it would be stored on a local network in the typical small business office. The time and expense of properly protecting data is so great, many business owners are prone to using second-rate methods of protection, or fail to continually update their security, which leaves their local networks wide-open to would be hackers.
Your data is simply safer in a professionally monitored and updated environment like a solid data center, so why bother taking a chance on doing it yourself and taking on the responsibility of becoming a security expert on your own?
What it comes down to is your data is far safer being backed up off-site, on a cloud-based server, than it is in the broom closet you converted to a server room last year. It not only gets backed up automatically, it is sent to a location far away, and that location even backs it up at another location even further away just to make sure nothing happens to it.
How well is your current data backup and recovery situation protecting your data? Not sure? Request a free, no-strings attached data security analysis from CloudPoint Technology, and will find the answers and ease your mind. After all, it only takes one network crash to erase three years of hard work.