At the time of writing, Kim Dotcom and his colleagues have just launched Mega, his latest Cloud Storage venture; the service gets slated in the press for potential security weaknesses. The Cisco UK Chief, Phil Smith, calls at Cisco Live 2013 for greater security information sharing and Veber experiences a surge in enquiries about the Full Data Encryption we offer as standard on all of our Backup levels.
Is this coincidence? Or maybe a case of news in the press helping customers to become more and more shrewd about the technicalities and the security of their cloud backup solutions?
Security in the Veber Cloud
You can read more about security in our Resource Article, How Safe is Cloud Backup? but to go back to basics: once you have installed the Veber Cloud Backup software and then embark upon a backup, before the files even leave your computer, they are secured using at least 128-bit Secure Socket Layer encryption technology (SSL). Banks use it; large e-commerce sites use it; government institutions use it. SSL is considered to be very reliable and works for Cloud Backup on a software level. 128-bit SSL uses an algorithm to securely protect information traveling between two points in computer systems: in the case of Veber Cloud Backup, that is the travel between the client’s computer and the Veber cloud server. The server will check out the PC and once all checks are safely cleared, the server will establish a secure connection that allows files to be transferred without fear of interruption or hacking.
Full Data Encryption
Once the data has been transferred and is at rest, the data is subject to full data encryption. That is to say that the data is converted into unreadable code that cannot be (easily) deciphered by unauthorised people. Moreover, data stored in Veber Cloud Backup is accessible only with an encryption key which is held solely by the client. A lost encryption key equals irretrievable data.
Why Use Full Data Encryption?
Your data is too precious to lose. Yes, having a single encryption key on the client side is a big responsibility but it’s a price to pay for the added security of full data encryption.
The security attacks that the cloud providers and our clients are at risk of are real and serious. Rather than being brushed under the carpet under the auspices of SSL of full data encryption, the issue needs to be one which is open for discussion.