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Encrypted Data Storage vs Traditional Data Storage

16th April 2021

If you run a business, you may have large amounts of important data and files that need to be kept secure and confidential. So what's the best way to keep this data safe? You need secure storage devices! A recent survey conducted by iStorage Ltd, found that some businesses may be at risk, with two thirds of data being stored on unencrypted storage devices.

iStorage Ltd is an award-winning company and trusted global leader in PIN-authenticated, hardware-encrypted data storage and cloud encryption devices. Their research into data security found that 99% of people consider data security to be a necessary practice, but only 5% are following advice from the National Cyber Security Centre on data storage and backup.

Not storing and backing up data with secure methods is causing a vast majority of data, and the businesses storing this data, to become vulnerable. Because of this, it's important to let businesses know about the importance of using encrypted storage methods, over traditional storage methods and non encrypted devices!

CEO of iStorage, John Michael, stated that "With over 50% of individuals stating that they have experienced business downtime as a result of losing data, more needs to be done to educate businesses and individuals about their responsibilities in managing business and customer data". It was also found that 47% of employees from this research have not been offered training for proper cyber security, and in most cases they also feel that more education is needed, particularly with regards to being GDPR compliant when backing up and storing data safely.

The key advice from the National Cyber Security Centre, is the '3-2-1 BackUp Rule'. But what is this? This rule states that all of your data should be backed up 3 times a day! For the best security, your data should be backed up on an encrypted online backup solution and two different encrypted offline solutions. Offline solutions can include external storage devices such as a hard drive or USB stick.

There are wide ranges of traditional storage devices to choose from, and with so much choice, how do you find the right one for your business? Encrypted models of these devices are much safer and will help keep your data extra secure with password or keypad entry, and even fingerprint scanners! For added security, it's recommended by the National Cyber Security Centre that encrypted devices are used when following the 3-2-1 backup rule.

It was found that 1-in-3 people still store their data on an unencrypted traditional storage device, rather than encrypted. In order to avoid the risk of losing data and experiencing downtime for your business as a result of this, storing your data via encrypted methods is important!

To help you avoid the risk highlighted by iStorage in their research into backing up and securing your data safely, you can choose from their wide range of encrypted USB sticks, these USB sticks use AES-CBC 256-bit full disk hardware encryption, ensuring your sensitive files and data are kept hidden from prying eyes.

iStorage also has a huge range of encrypted external hard drives, available in capacities up to 16TB! Allowing you to store a large amount of data securely. Shop now and start following that all important 3-2-1 backup rule to keep your businesses data safe!

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