New research carried out in the U.S. has revealed that the majority of businesses who store credit card data using cloud storage are not doing so securely.
Information Management reported today that research by the company reviews aggregator Clutch found that over 60% of small businesses that use cloud storage for customer credit card and banking information were not storing this data securely.
Clutch’s research polled the IT decision-makers at 300 small businesses in the U.S. who currently use cloud storage.
In addition, the results showed that 54% of companies that store medical data do not do so securely.
By not storing this data securely, the businesses are breaching industry regulations on data storage.
In the U.S., this can lead to fines of millions of dollars and of course huge damage to a company’s reputation.
Keeping your customers’ data secure is crucial for any business
However, just as important – in the U.S. and everywhere else – is the need to protect customers’ sensitive financial information.
Being unable to reassure customers that their credit card and other personal information will be safe may lead to a downturn in business as customers will not feel confident giving you their data.
More than simply comprising customers’ privacy, having this kind of data unsecured leaves them at financial risk through the danger of fraud.
In the UK, with the new General Data Protection Regulation incoming, the need to ensure your cloud storage is secure and follows industry guidelines is also more important than ever.
Data breaches of unsecured cloud storage have featured heavily in the news recently. Just yesterday it was revealed that data on 123 million households in the U.S. was leaked due to a breach of an Amazon Web Services storage bucket used by a marketing company.
According to the security researcher who discovered the breach, the data included 248 fields of information for each household, meaning that “billions of personally identifying details and data points about virtually every American household” were made visible.
Safe Data Storage provide secure, fully-managed cloud backup services with extensive technical support. Data is encrypted and stored in two data centres, both based in the UK.
Here at Safe Data Storage we are delighted to have been ranked as one of the best cloud storage providers in the UK for 2017 by a recent guide on a leading industry website.
Cloudwards released their ‘Best Online Backup UK Services for 2017′ guide earlier this month, and we are very proud to have been included in their top five recommendations for cloud backup services providers in the country.
The guide aims to inform readers about the best cloud storage options on the market in order to help them choose a service provider that best meets their needs.
Among the parts of our cloud backup services that Cloudwards praised were the fact that we offer a free trial, with no credit card details required, the speed with which information can be recovered, and how our backup software allows you to set what time is best for you for backups to occur.
They were also impressed with our excellent security protocols which allow us to provide secure data storage and put our customers’ minds at rest, and the fact that our software means backups can happen when your computer is not being actively used.
In addition, Cloudwards’ reviewers liked that our software can be used to provide secure data protection both for individual computers and full server systems.
We pride ourselves on offering the best cloud storage around, so it’s great to hear amazing reviews confirming this. Get in touch today to see how our online cloud backup can help your business protect its data, or take our free trial to experience our high-quality service for yourself.
Headquartered in Orpington, Greater London, Safe Data Storage have been providing secure cloud backups for businesses, educational institutions and charities since 2004. We have ISO 27001-accredited servers in London and Bournemouth and provide extensive, entirely UK-based technical support.
Safe Data Storage is delighted to announce that we have successfully been certified in ISO 27001:2017, an International Standard in Information Security and the protection of assets.
ISO 27001:2017 is an externally audited certification that analyses the business on data security management processes and the controls that have been put into place to keep the information secure. This certification means our customers can be assured of reliance of service, alongside the quality (ISO 9001:2015 achieved earlier this year). It means we provide a consistent service and can help protect company assets and minimize risks.
An Information Security Management System is a framework of policies and procedures that includes all legal, physical and technical controls involved in an organisation’s information risk management processes. Security risk is difficult to quantify, ISO 27001:2017 ensures that Safe Data Storage manages its risks in structured and appropriate manner. Avoiding security incidents maintains confidence with our customers and other organisations.
Achieving this professional standard, that is internationally recognised, will enable us to have a strong market presence as more businesses and organisations are requiring ISO 27001:2017.
We keep our clients’ data safe and secure at all timesand are dedicated to protecting our clients from cyber threats, confidentiality breaches and fraud by storing and transmitting data as securely as possible.
As requested by a number of partners, due to ticket systems receiving all backup emails, you now have the option “Don’t send successful emails”.
It is a simple tickbox that is located in the “settings” tab of your partner panel. Having the ability to only receive failed backup emails means that you can quickly get any backup problems resolved.
We are proud to announce that we have completed the migration of our replication site from Maidenhead to Bournemouth data centre over the weekend.
This move has helped future proof our replication site for a number of reasons which include:-
With a 3ms latency, our 1 Gb interconnect between our primary data centre “City Reach” located in Docklands can replicate with ease to our the new Bournemouth replication site.
Migration completed 06/06/2015
Safe Data Storage is proud to announce that two of our engineers have successfully reached StorageCraft Certified Engineer (SCE) Status after passing their exams last week.
This enhances our ability to design and implement a disaster recovery solution based on StorageCraft products and technologies.
As Gold Partners of StorageCraft, it’s vital we have the technical expertise to help our customers achieve their Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO)
It’s not just about backing up data, it’s about Planning, Protecting, Managing and Restoring your systems in the event of a disaster.For more information on how we can help, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
New Image Backup Stats to easily view all your combined Client Image backup usage. View by current month, last month, last 3, 6, 9 and 12 months stats.
“Top 10 Image users” See you’re top 10 Image Backups users in a clear easy to read pie chart.
Total Storage Stats Image + File Backup Usage. Now resellers can see their total storage with us, not just file backup. Again you can view by current month, last month, last 3, 6, 9 and 12 months stats.
A number of resellers requested a way to easily view there largest file cloud backup accounts, so we created a “top 10 users” pageHere it shows in a easy to view pie chart their top ten users. click on the user to take you straight to the client account to view or modify.
Next request in progress, Image Backup usage graphs.
Resellers can now view users storage in an easy to read line graph to show clients usage history. This page shows total storage and also include their clients retention data.
We have also added a nice new graph to show all clients total data with a 12 month history window.These new features will show within your portal by the end of Monday if not already visible.More enhancements to follow shortly…..Have an enhancement request? email email@example.com
In a previous post about internet security and potentially malicious emails, I described what to look out for in terms of emails might contain a virus like Zeus. Now I can show you what to look out for after one landed in my ‘Junk’ box –
Suffice to say this email has now been deleted.
Please, be safe online and don’t open any email or attachment unless sure it is genuine.
If you believe you have lost money due to malware you can report your loss to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.
Written by Rosey Walls 16/06/2014