Cloud File Data Requires Backups?
The cloud is not immune to data loss, but with automated backup of all data stored in your OneDrive space, recovery will be possible, says Gerhard Conradie, managing director of Evolv Networks.
There are many ways data can be lost. Sometimes technology just fails. Computers freeze and backup copies are lost. Servers crash and the information contained is lost. These are all potential sources of data loss which are normally associated with on-premises file storage systems, and unfortunately, the cloud is not exempt from technology failure, malicious damage or human error, says Gerhard Conradie, Managing Director of Evolv Networks.
Risks Involved With Data Loss
Between lost productivity and IT costs, a single recovery can be more expensive than the cost of one year’s worth of cloud backup.
The Cloud is Not Immune to Data Loss
About 75% of data loss is due to people deleting content: accidentally or intentionally. Many customers assume wrongly that their data in Dropbox and OneDrive for Business has adequate backups in place to recover to the exact point they want it to. But these assumptions can have disastrous consequences. Without a cloud backup solution for Office 365, you are missing a foundation piece of data protection to complement native Office 365 features.
Causes of data loss in SharePoint and OneDrive For Business include:
So, Is Data Actually Safer In The Cloud?
The short answer is YES.
Every day billions of pieces of information are added to cloud networks; the vast majority of this data is safe and secure. As mentioned above, loss of data is more likely to occur due to human error. As with airline safety, accidents do happen, but as a percentage of total operations, they are small.
When you upload data to the cloud, you expect some privacy and security, which comes in the form of encryption. And not only transit encryption but resting encryption for older files that are already saved in the cloud and can only be accessed by those with permission.
This process works fine for most businesses, but there is still a problem: the cloud service provider holds the key to the encryption and if they are compromised, your business data can be exposed.
Major cloud providers should give you the option to manage your own encryption keys, meaning no-one inside the provider could get access, even if they wanted to. Therefore, instead of trusting the cloud service to safeguard the key to your data, take matters into your own hands by encrypting sensitive files before they even leave your PCs.
You can also opt for a ”mixed” encryption system, whereby most of your needed data is accessible via a public cloud security system, while an extra level of individualised encryption is in place for the most sensitive data points in a private cloud.
These mixed systems can easily be integrated with existing Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive and SharePoint cloud services.
Data Protection and recovery features
Evolv Networks, together with cloud services provider SkyKick, can ensure you stay productive no matter what happens. With automated backup of all data stored in your OneDrive space you can rest assured that recovery will be possible.
What you can expect:
Contact Evolv to discuss a solution tailored to your needs.