World Backup Day: Why March 31st should be a day to act
By John Michael
With World Backup Day fast approaching on March 31st we are reminded of the critical importance of securing our digital life and the perils associated with failing to back up our data. The top causes of data loss are commonly human error, hardware failure, malware, and other forms of cyberattacks.
According to Transport for London (TfL) an average of two laptops are left on the London Underground every single day , while the average cost of data breaches in 2022 is reported to total $4.35 million . Ransomware attacks too are on the rise, and these are not limited to the bigger companies but targeted at smaller businesses as well as individuals. This places the integrity of business and personal data on a critical footing, with the potential for cybercriminals to steal your data and sell it on the dark web for illicit purposes which should raise alarm bells.
Having a plan in place to back up your data is one of the most important ways to protect information and keep data safe. Backing up ensures that even if it falls into the wrong hands, a copy of the data is retained, secure and instantly accessible. Here are our 3 tips for World Backup Day:
1. Back up data using a 3-2-1 strategy
Getting into the habit of regularly backing up data will offer a lifeline should data ever be lost, corrupted or stolen. Employing a 3-2-1 strategy, as advised by the National Cyber Security Centre , means having at least three total copies of the data, two of which are local but on different mediums, and at least one copy stored off site. Flash drives, such as those in our datashur® range, offer a light, pocket-sized secure solution for those constantly on the move; for those commuting between office, co-work or work hubs, the diskashur® hard drives provide greater capacity but are still light and flexible; and if more heavy-duty, robust storage is needed for weekly backups, pick the diskashur DT2®.
2. Make sure the data is encrypted
When backing up your data, encryption is critical. Pocket-sized flash drives are light and flexible, but can be lost or stolen, so make sure your data is locked away. Encryption vastly improves the security of files, but it’s critical to select the right device. A PIN-authenticated, encrypted USB flash drive or HDD/SSD with on-device crypto-chip and AES-XTS 256-bit encryption offers complete data integrity, even when brute force action is used. Additionally, using a device with an internal microprocessor that is Common Criteria EAL5+ Certified, and encrypting data with a FIPS certified AES 256-bit encrypted encryption key brings into play military grade protection, which is as good as it gets.
3. Protect data stored in the cloud
When looking to store photos, documents and personal or business files, many people look to the convenience of the cloud. Cloud providers often offer encryption as part of a managed service, which, on the surface makes life simpler when this burden is taken away. However, an encryption key is required to decrypt the data, and this is also stored in the cloud which presents a degree of risk. Keeping the encryption key, which is itself encrypted within a secure microprocessor stored on a hardware encrypted security module, away from the cloud increases the number of security measures from just one layer of authentication - the cloud account login - to up to a five-factor authentication using our cloudAshur solution.
Following these simple tips will put you in a strong position, helping to eliminate security risks while providing fuller assurance as to the integrity of your vital information. This provides peace of mind to those backing up personal data, while for businesses, retaining full responsibility for data encryption and management will contribute to maintaining business continuity and upholding compliance to data protection regulations.
So, if you do nothing else this World Backup Day on March 31st, back up and encrypt your data.
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