State of the art measures ensure data security
There are four main facets to a comprehensive data security approach, and Atlantic.Net has years of experience implementing each of them. Put simply, you want to ensure that data can’t be intercepted during transmission, can’t be read if it is somehow obtained, is stored in a safe environment, and is backed up in case the primary storage hardware fails.
As to the first, we use industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on all connections to protect communication between client and datacenter computers. This can be taken further to create Virtual Private Networks (VPN) which use full tunneling to make data transmissions between devices as secure as possible. SSL is a standard security technology for web-based communications; VPN offers even greater security and can be particularly useful for mobile devices and offsite workers. Over the years Atlantic.Net deployed numerous data networks by utilizing Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). MPLS has proven to providing secure point to point tunnels over own network, enabling clients to get the best of the secure connections available on the market!
If desired, any and all of your data can be stored in encrypted format using Public Key Encryption (PKE). This means that the files would be meaningless even if someone did manage to obtain them.
The third point, maintaining a secure environment, is more complicated. This kind of security means protection from both hacking and hardware malfunction. Protection from attacks requires you to be vigilant and stay up-to-date on the latest threats, which is difficult to do if you’re not a security professional. You would also need to devote considerable time and money to securing the physical environment for the storage hardware. And as to the fourth point, backup: by definition, your most recent data is probably the most useful to you at the moment, so backups also need to be continuous to be valuable.
All these steps take time and effort to do yourself, which is why many businesses don’t bother…until after their first major security breach.
In contrast, hosting your data with Atlantic.Net means you have a reliable partner with industry experience and knowledge of the latest threats. We’re constantly monitoring and upgrading our systems to ensure that your data is as safe as possible. Our physical facility itself is secure: SAS 70 Type II compliant, with concrete walls, palm scanners, keycard and eye-scan verification, and CCTV monitoring.
To conclude, we believe that storing your data in-house is much like keeping your money under the mattress…it’s fine until it’s not. Cloud computing lets you contract with a professional security resource while also saving money on your IT needs. We encourage our clients and prospective clients to learn more about the real risks and real benefits of both in-house data and cloud storage. If you have additional specific security needs, please talk to one of our sales engineers about how we could best serve you. You can always try our cloud servers risk free at www.atlantic.net!