A lot of companies now store their records digitally using cloud storage to handle large amounts of data. But is the data really safe if it stays on the cloud? Can you really protect it from hackers who might have access to files stored in the cloud?
In this age of digital information overload, it’s important that businesses take the necessary steps to keep their clients’ records safe and secure from prying eyes. It’s not only important, it’s a point of law. That said, it’s critical that companies select an online storage provider that complies with the need for privacy, safety and security.
Cloud storage providers take a variety of strict measures to ensure that transmitted data is safe and their servers are protected. However, some are better than others when it comes to providing ultimate privacy and security.
Here are some of the best cloud storage providers that you can choose from to protect valuable corporate data. See what works for you best.
Bitcasa is an easy-to-use cloud storage platform with effortless backup features that allows you to mirror any folder on a hard drive. It’s safe to use for storing data and they use proprietary software that employs block-level encryption before transferring data to their servers.
All stored files will be encrypted before being uploaded and once they arrive at Bitcasa’s servers, nobody can access them except for the account holder.
This cloud storage provider allows account holders to limit others’ access to specific files when sharing data. The Admin dashboard provides access control and an activity log for all users.
One unique feature of their plans is the option to remotely wipe off all customer data in case of a security breach. File security is provided by read-only access, industry-standard secure (SSL 3.3). It has 256-bit AES, Transport Layer Security data encryption during sending data, and handshake protocol to verify secure communication during transmission via the Internet.
Although more geared towards personal users, SOS Online Backup is a good, affordable option for a small enterprise. This online storage provider ensures the safety and security of your data by encrypting it 3 times – once locally, once during upload to their servers, and another at the server level (which SOS refers to as “ultrasafe”). The company’s data centers use military-grade equipment and security measures.
Customers who use this service are automatically HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant, and their services meet all SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) regulatory standards.
Carbonite’s storage plans are certified HIPAA compatible. They have data centers that are secured by guards who work around-the-clock, and human access to the facility is secured via the use of biometric scanners at various entry points.
Safety of stored data is ensured through 128-bit Blowfish encryption standards. Further security is provided at the customer level via personal encryption keys. Data transmission uses standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) technology.
SpiderOak is one of the safest and most trustworthy cloud storage providers around, mainly due to their “zero-knowledge” privacy protocols. This cloud storage company doesn’t store their users’ passwords and encryption keys. Their ‘de-duplicated central storage repository’ represents secure cloud storage.
For web developers, SpiderOak’s proprietary program, Crypton, provides an effective way to build horizontally scalable and truly private applications. Furthermore, the company’s Nimbus.io is aimed at server-level storage and backup, providing long-term cloud storage, combined with an open backend.