The cloud is a pivotal part of the modern IT infrastructure, and hopefully you’ve thought about how to protect the critical data you’re storing in cloud applications. If not, it might be time to evaluate a cloud-to-cloud backup solution.
But how do you choose the right provider?
Backupify recently published a guide titled “How to Choose a Cloud-to-Cloud Backup Provider for the Enterprise,” which contains in-depth advice on what to look for, and we’ve highlighted a few key tips below to get your started.
Your data should be encrypted when at rest, meaning the data in your backup system is encrypted at all times. You should also understand the encryption-key management techniques used by your vendor. The two primary key management options are:
- Single key for all customers. Least secure: If this one key is compromised then all customer data is at risk.
- Key per customer, user or object. An intruder would need to compromise progressively more keys to get access to your data.
Service level agreement inclusions
An SLA for a cloud application typically refers to uptime, but for a cloud-to-cloud backup service, the most important aspect relates to the integrity of the service, ensuring your data is accurately duplicated during the backup process.
Documented security policies
There should be a documented security policy that the company can provide you. The policy should include specific practices including some of these key areas, including hardware security, audit frequency and breach notification policies.