Symform Protects Your Data with Patented Security
- Data Sheet: Symform Cloud Storage Network Overview
- White Paper: The Cloud as It Should Be – Low Cost, Secure, and Reliable
Security is still a concern for many businesses when sending data to the cloud. And due diligence is important, since not all clouds are created equal when it comes to data protection. For example, some clouds encrypt your data while it is in the cloud, but leave it “in the clear” while it’s being transported. Others, though they encrypt the data before storing it, transport the data to their data center via a single internet connection, creating a single point of attack and potential failure. It’s also important to consider how a cloud solution generates, stores, and manages the keys that protect your data from perpetrators.
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The Symform Cloud Ensures Industry-Leading Secure Online Backup Data Protection
- Symform’s Resilient Storage Architecture secures each folder with a unique AES-256 encryption key, generated and managed by Symform Cloud Control
- Data in folders are broken into 64 megabyte blocks
- Each block is then shred into 64 fragments, with 32 parity fragments added for redundancy, fortifying data protection even further
- Data fragments are finally distributed to 96 random devices on the Symform Global Cloud Storage Network.
- Our security procedures are certified by the industry standard mandate SSAE 16 (formerly SAS 70 type 2).
Symform Secure Online Backup Keeps Your Data Safe From Threats
Symform’s secure online backup is much more secure than a typical datacenter-based solution, which leaves you vulnerable to human-generated keys and key management, as well as to the dangers of storing all your data in a single location. For a perpetrator to compromise just one block of data in the Symform Cloud Storage Network, they would need to be able to identify the random devices where the fragments of the block were stored, compromise each of those devices, extract the fragments, and reassemble them. They would need to repeat this process for potentially hundreds of blocks just to reassemble one file. They would then have to break into Symform’s Cloud Control to search for the computer-generated, 256-bit folder key.
Why All Encryption Keys Are Not Created Equal
Encryption is only as good as the strength of the key used. Human generated keys are easy to break and hard to manage. What’s more, they make it really hard to de-duplicate data unless it is all encrypted with the same key, which compromises security. Symform does better, automatically encrypting each folder with a unique, 256-bit key. Symform uses the federally certified AES-256 encryption algorithm-exponentially stronger than 128-bit encryption, the federal minimum. Symform automatically manages these large, unique keys as part of folder information in Symform Cloud Control, bypassing the weaknesses of human key generation and management.
Furthermore, by using a folder-level key, Symform is able to de-duplicate files within a folder. If the contents already exists in your folder, it will not need to be re-uploaded or stored – achieving storage and bandwidth efficiency without compromising any security.