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KineticD, a small- and medium-sized business cloud backup and data recovery service provider, last week urged municipalities and government agencies to back up sensitive data to the cloud rather than relying on portable devices that could be lost or stolen.
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Security concerns have long been cited as potential roadblocks to cloud storage adoption. Noting a recent high-profile data loss -- a Canadian federal government department agency lost data on 583,000 citizens when a portable hard drive went missing -- the company said that security advances have made cloud backup a viable alternative for protecting data.
"KineticD urges any city, municipal, or government agency, and in particular, medical facilities and doctors (sic) offices that are responsible for sensitive personal data, to consider other means for storing and managing these types of critical files," the company said in a press release.
The company also said that their service offers 448-bit Blowfish encryption, which satisfies the requirements of PIPA and HIPAA regulations. And, the platform was awarded the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16, which recognizes "ongoing commitment to ensure data security while maintaining service uptime and availability."
"Many of my clients are saying they'll never do it. And, as we've seen in the headlines covering cloud breaches or outages, I'm guessing some of those who have adopted cloud storage are regretting it," he said. "I don't work at the federal level, but I can say the folks I work with at the state and municipality levels are just as reluctant."
Portable storage devices and cloud backup are far from the only options available for protecting sensitive information. There are, of course, many ways to create backups and send copies off-site for safekeeping. For example, one might use traditional backup software to create encrypted backups to tape, which can be stored off-site in a secure facility. Alternately, it is possible to back up data to disk and replicate encrypted copies to a secondary location maintained by the organization.