How to Securely Store Your Digital Data
So, that’s it, you’ve decided to move your firm forward by digitizing your data. It’s a daunting task, but in the long term, you’ve determined it’ll be worth it. Then, questions come to you as you’re looking over boxes and boxes of soon-to-be-digitized-data:
What’s the best way to store all of this stuff? And how can you safely store your digital data?
Worried About the Risks of Going Digital?
Going digital with your data can feel like you’re trading one set of problems with another. Digitizing your data is great. It saves space and risks to physical data (i.e. the elements) that you just don’t get with digital.
But moving your digital data presents a different set of problems. How do you store it? Where do you keep it? And how do you secure it? We’ll go over some of the best ways to store your data securely.
We’ve already talked about some common problems and issues with cloud security. Now, let’s talk about properly storing your data.
Strong Data Encryption
We’ve already talked about encryption as one of the more effective means of storing your digital data but it's worth mentioning again. Whenever you’re storing digital data that’s extremely sensitive, we always recommend encryption as one of the most important security methods.
We also recommend owning and managing your own encryption keys. Owning your encryption keys keeps you in control of your data, rather than relying on a vendor to keep the keys for you. We’ve seen too many instances where vendor-overreliance can produce some scary results.
And while encryption is a critical way to securely store your data, it shouldn’t be the only method that you practice when storing your digital data.
Spreading Out Your Data
Even more important than simply encrypting your data is how you store it. Storing all your data on one server can lead to the same problems that physical media have. What if there’s a fire at the server’s location? How would you be able to recover that lost data quickly?
The best solution we’ve found is to implement a storage solution where data is stored across several different servers in different locations. Keeping your data spread across multiple locations ensures that you’ll be able to recover your data in the case of one server failing.
For example, if a Stuxnet-style virus hits one data center, your data is as good as gone…
Unless you keep it at another, unaffected location as well. Spreading out your data ensures reliable storage availability even when one site or storage device fails.
At Myriad, we’ve got our own method of getting the most from storing digital media. We shard your data down to small block sizes and spread that data across multiple independent vendors. This eliminates outside points of vulnerability. Even if there is a breach at one of those vendors, or if that physical device is tampered with or stolen, thieves will get only small shards of encrypted data. They won’t get any useable information from it..
Digital storage can at first seem pretty daunting. It can seem like you’re just trading familiar problems for more unfamiliar ones. But by using encryption and taking full advantage of storing data across multiple locations, you can store your data while still maintaining its security and integrity.
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