Imagine this scenario: you are an unusually good citizen and you believe that the long-term security and availability of your data is important. It’s the contents of your PC. Nothing fancy. Nothing huge, difficult or complicated. But mega important to you. So, to store your data in a way that secures it against local disaster, you pick a cloud storage provider that specialises in doing the one thing that you’re after… Secure data storage.
They only had one job
Then, as bad luck would have it, your PC has a major meltdown (obviously) and you have a really rather urgent need to get that securely stored data back – that data that you were sensible to store offline, offsite in the cloud with a specialist provider.
Imagine your surprise then to find that the storage provider had “deleted in error” your data and that they had no backups of it. How could that be? What were they thinking of? They only had one job – to securely store the data and keep it safe until you wanted it back.
You can read what happened in this real-life scenario here. It’s not pretty, and, spoiler alert, it doesn’t have a happy ending.
Data integrity, authenticity and trustworthiness
This tale highlights a few things. The first one is just how important it is to make copies of your data and store them offline and offsite – you never know when the primary data source might become irreversibly ‘unusable’ for whatever reason. The second is equally important and is about the nature and reliability of the third-party service in which you entrust the copies of the data. The questions you need to ask when selecting such a service are quite simple and are around their ability to guarantee that they will give you your data back. All of it. In exactly the same state that you stored it in. And in a reasonable time-frame. It’s all about data integrity, authenticity and trustworthiness.
Ask them these questions (as a minimum):
- Can you guarantee the bit-level integrity of my data?
- Is my data always kept secure and confidential?
- Is my data going to be available when I need it?
- Where is my data stored and who runs the facilities?
- What happens if you go out of business?
If the service provider can answer them positively and truthfully, and you can establish that their contracted service agreement encompasses the answers as well, you’ve potentially found yourself a reliable long-term storage provider.
Get in touch with us here at Arkivum and we’ll help you get to grips with what makes us really quite special in the world of ultra-safe and ultra-secure data storage.