The cloud, as mentioned several times on this website, is a viable solution for storing data from your devices in a “archive” that is not identifiable in a “physical” location such as a local or network hard disc, and in which it is necessary to have an adequate internet connection in order to transfer the files for the best results.
The benefit of storing backup data in a “virtual location” is that it eliminates the possibility of memory media theft or natural catastrophes such as fires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, as well as enabling remote access to data in the case of “cloud storage” solutions. For data backup and recovery this goes perfect.
Concerning the benefits and drawbacks of using the cloud for smart working, they have already been discussed in a previous essay on the subject.
These technical characteristics are useful in deciding between cloud backup and cloud storage, without forgetting data security, which is not only identified by the compliance certifications obtained by the data centres at the infrastructure level, but also and above all by compliance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which has enhanced and recommended its use, notwithstanding some restrictions on the localization of data.
The differences between cloud storage and cloud backup are as follows:
When considering cloud backup services, it’s essential to remember that they are (theoretically) distinct from traditional cloud storage services. For starters, it is necessary to preserve the data in accordance with the “charges” of the backup required both in terms of data security and in accordance with GDPR. The second kind of storage space is one that does not provide redundancy and is also designed for usage on the go, which may be helpful in this era of Smart Working in lieu of utilising portable memory devices that could be stolen, misplaced, or otherwise compromised. However, as we shall see in the next section, there are solutions that incorporate both of these features.
Traditional cloud backup is accomplished via the installation of software or an agent on a computer or server that makes a copy of the data at regular intervals with redundancy depending on a specified Data Retention period, the features of which are detailed further below.
Because it does not need data redundancy, cloud storage is ideal for people who just want a copy of “basic” data. As previously mentioned, it may also be accessed while on the go via installable apps for smartphones and other mobile devices.
Exist several companies that have implemented cloud storage, such as Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, and others, that provide storage solutions, but will they be GDPR compliant? Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, and others are examples of companies that have implemented cloud storage.
What methods do their businesses use to process the data? Are the authentication procedures safe?
You will see in the next section that even the most well-known brands may conceal issues of significant significance! The security issue in these two “cloud” scenarios is critical, and in this paper, both solutions are assessed so that everyone may determine whether or not they are feasible in light of their own security requirements.
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