(Guest writer: Daren Low)
Most organizations now store records digitally using the Cloud to handle the large amount of data generated. But is that data safe if it resides on the cloud? Have you ever wondered how easy it is for a hacker to access files stored in the Cloud?
In this age of digital information overload, it’s important that businesses take the necessary steps to keep customer records private and secure.
It’s not only important – it’s often a point of law. It is critical that corporations select an online storage company that complies with the need for privacy, safety and security.
Cloud storage providers take a variety of stringent measures to ensure that transmitted data is safe and their servers are secure. However, some are better than others at providing ultimate privacy and security.
The following cloud storage providers are top picks for any organization concerned about data security.
Note: Pricing Plans are on enquiry basis, unless stated otherwise. The figures are correct at the time of publication.
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SpiderOak is one of the safest and most secure cloud storage provider, due to their "zero-knowledge" privacy practices.
SpiderOak does not store their users’ passwords and encryption keys. Their "de-duplicated central storage repository" represents uber secure cloud storage.
For developers, SpiderOak’s proprietary Crypton provides a way to build horizontally scalable and truly private apps.
The company’s Nimbus.io is aimed at server-level storage and backup; it provides long-term cloud storage combined with an open backend.
BackBlaze uses a data center described as a "Mission Critical Facility" which employs biometric security measures for staff access.
Their partners include 25 independent telecom providers to ensure secure transmittal of data to their data center.
Upon arrival, the data is compressed and encrypted with AES military grade encryption. From there, data is moved to the cloud server using a secure SSL connection.
Customers have the option of setting a personal, private encryption key as well.
Further, BackBlaze developed proprietary software for its cloud environment that "de-duplicates and chops data into blocks; encrypts and transfer it for backup; reassembles, decrypts, re-duplicates, and packages the data for recovery; and monitors and manages the entire cloud system."
Carbonite‘s online storage plans are certified HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compatible.
Their data centers are secured by guards working 24/7/365 and human access to the facility secured via the use of biometric scanners at entry points.
Data safety is ensured through 128-bit Blowfish encryption standards. Further security is provided at the customer level via personal encryption keys.
Data transmission uses standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
Hightail (formerly YouSendIt) allows customers to share folders with the ability to limit access to specific files.
Account holders can also add an expiration date to file access and are able to use identity verification protocols, password protection and file tracking reports.
Data is sent with 128-bit SSL encryption and stored using 256-bit AES encryption. Hightail’s cloud storage is certified SAS 70 Type II, SSAE, SOC 2 Type 2, TRUSTe, PCI, HIPAA and GLBA compliant.
LiveDrive customers have an SSL option at login to ensure all activity between their computing devices and cloud storage uses a secure connection.
Data is encrypted using AES 256 encryption and stored on more than one server so that a security breach on one server will not provide total access.
Data transfers between devices and the Livedrive cloud are also encrypted. Customers have the option to set up their own FTP accounts, however this could leave data vulnerable during transfer since FTP doesn’t inherently employ security or encryption protocols.
SOS Online Backup
Although SOS Online Backup is geared more toward the personal user, it’s a good, and inexpensive option for a small enterprise.
This online storage company ensures the privacy of your data by encrypting it 3 times: once locally, once during upload to their servers and one more time at the server level (what SOS refers to as "ultrasafe").
Their data centers use military grade equipment and security measures. Customers who use SOS are automatically HIPAA compliant and the services meets all SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) regulatory standards.
There will always be a risk when data is transmitted anywhere, in any manner. However, by utilizing the best encryption and security measures available, today’s cloud storage providers are doing everything possible to mitigate the risks.
(This guest post is written by Daren Low for Hongkiat.com. Daren is an expert in cloud storage services who has done all the research to find the best providers available. He posts online storage reviews on his site FindMyCloudStorage.com to help consumers and corporate users make the best choice for their needs.)