This may sound shocking, but too many companies today lack the adequate measures in order to ensure the security and protection of their backup data. When it comes to IT security — in the context of privacy and prevention of information leaks — data backups are still not seen as a critical area of focus in these efforts.
For example, you need to consider legal and compliance factors when it comes to storing your backups. Since every country has different regulations when it comes to things such as privacy, legal disclosure, search warrants, etc… it’s important to pick a backup provider that stores their data within the same jurisdiction as your company. And if this isn’t possible, you should at least pick a country whose laws are compatible with your privacy obligations.
Another important thing to consider would be Encryption. Most companies that manage their own backup processes do not encrypt their backups. This is a major risk, since theft of backup media is one of the biggest causes of privacy breaches… and one of the preferred methods used by hackers.
The risk is multiplied when companies store multiple copies of their backups for fast local recovery and remote DR.
You must also consider the human factor, since the most common cause of backup failure is human error.
When it comes to secure backups, you need to find an automated system that encrypts all of your data locally, and ensures that it cannot be decrypted while in backup storage. Also, you should ensure that your off-site backups should be stored at a remote location that is secured and supervised by stakeholders that are — at the very minimum – bound to the same privacy and compliance requirements as your company. Ideally, they should also have a track record that includes at least a decade of flawless success in ensuring the security and reliability of backups.
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