When it comes to storing sensitive data like credit card and login information, most organizations use remote data centers that house dozens of servers for storage. Ordinarily, these data centers are susceptible to natural disasters, such as tornadoes and hurricanes.
Cybercriminals can also hack into remote data centers and compromise essential customer data. If this happens, your company could be held liable for the damage. To always keep sensitive data secure and accessible, implementing a cloud backup is key.
In this guide, we'll explain everything you need to know about enterprise cloud backup, including:
The “cloud” is a term used to describe the delivery of computing resources, such as storage and applications, over the internet. The cloud is made up of many servers located in different parts of the world and are owned and managed by cloud providers, who offer their Microsoft Azure and is typically used for storing data that doesn't need to be kept confidential.
Cloud backup—sometimes referred to as online backup or remote backup—is the process of backing up data to cloud-based servers. When you back up your data to the cloud, you're storing a copy of that data on one or more remote servers, which are owned and managed by a third-party cloud service provider. Typically, cloud service providers charge fees based on things like the amount of storage space or servers required, available server bandwidth, and the number of users who access these servers.
Cloud backup works by replicating company data on cloud-based servers. This can be done in two ways:
Once your company's data has been replicated to the cloud, it can be accessed from anywhere in the world using an internet connection.
Cloud backup can help mitigate cyberattacks in two ways: first, cloud backup can help you quickly restore your company's data if it's compromised because the cloud provider maintains multiple copies of your data on different servers. If one server is compromised, you can still access your data from another server.
Second, cloud backup can help you quickly recover your data in an instant, especially if your company is being targeted by ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts your company's data and holds it hostage until you pay a ransom. With cloud backup, you can simply restore your company's data from the cloud and avoid paying the ransom.
Fortunately, implementing a cloud backup isn't a difficult process. There are two main ways you can get started, which include:
There are many benefits of cloud backup, which include:
While there are many benefits to an enterprise backup solution, there are also a few drawbacks, which include:
Cloud storage and cloud backup are often confused with each other, but they are two different things.
Cloud storage is a service that allows you to store your company's data in the cloud and can be used for archiving purposes or to free up space on your local servers. Cloud backup is a service that replicates your company's data to cloud-based storage and can be used for disaster recovery or to keep a copy of your data off-site.
In short, cloud backup is a more comprehensive solution than cloud storage. It can be used for both disaster recovery and archiving purposes, while cloud storage can only be used for archiving purposes.
Knowing what cloud backup is and choosing a provider isn't enough to keep your data safe. After choosing a cloud backup solution, make sure to follow these four tips to safeguard your company data from unauthorized and malicious users:
1. Make sure to follow the 3-2-1 Rule
The 3-2-1 rule is a data backup best practice that states you should have at least three copies of your data, two of which should be on different media, and one should be off-site.
2. Enable two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security that requires you to provide two pieces of information before you can log in to your account and can help protect your company's data from unauthorized access.
3. Set up a regular backup schedule
It's important to back up your data regularly, ensuring you have up-to-date copies of your data in the event of a disaster.
4. Ensure your cloud provider is HIPAA compliant
If your company deals with Protected Health Information (PHI), it's important to choose a cloud provider that is HIPAA compliant to help you maintain compliance with federal law and avoid any fines and penalties in the process.
Cloud backup is an essential component for any organization that stores sensitive data, whether in a physical data center or online. The solution you choose to back up your data will make the difference in how effective a data protection initiative is.
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