In a follow up to our previous post, new lawsuits are emerging that are influencing the government of Canada to consider new data security measures. The National Post reports that legal threats over lost student loan SIN numbers may finally push government to better secure data – and move into the cloud.
Following the incident, there have been two class-action lawsuits against the department of Human Resources and Skills Development. This has spurred the government to consider implementing a private cloud which would potentially prevent the need to physically carry sensitive data across offices.
These types of law suits are also relatively new to the courts in Canada and the challenges that are faced with securing sensitive data are beginning to emerge. And as the lawsuits emerge we are seeing an increased awareness to the public and institutions about the importance of ensuring data is protected and secured.
Compared to the US, since the legislation is still new it is not likely that the courts will find guilt to the accused parties unless evidence exists of deliberate harm to individuals. None the less, at Asigra it has been our mantra that implementing cloud solutions is a sound way to prevent data breaches from occurring in the first place.
CBCnews.ca reports that a portable hard drive with personal information on 583,000 Canadians, who were part of a Student Loans program between 2000 and 2006, has gone missing. The hard drive contained sensitive information including: student names, social insurance numbers, date of birth, contact information and loan balance. It also contained personal information for 250 government officials.
Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley responded in a statement and in her own words mentioned that the incident was both unacceptable and avoidable. She further went on to note that a communications plan will go out to all government employees about the seriousness of the event and suggested mandatory training on new security policies to ensure that these situations do not occur again.
But it begs the question: if such incidents are unacceptable and avoidable, then why aren't the proper technological solutions in place? Instead of putting the onus on training staff about new security policies, having a comprehensive data backup and recovery solution in place can ensure that any data that goes missing remains encrypted and recoverable.
You would hope that a government agency would learn from its mistakes but unfortunately the same agency lost data on a USB key only a few weeks ago.
2012 was an exciting year for Asigra and we wanted to share with you some of the highlights from our blog. You'll also find some cool info-graphics about our Twitter presence and some stories we featured on Storify.
Top Ten Blog Posts
- Gartner Report: Backup and Disaster Recovery Modernization is No Longer a Luxury but a Business Necessity
- Price is What you Pay – Value is What You Get
- The Future of Backup: Enterprises Embracing Cloud and BYOD
- The Differences Between Backup and Replication
- Data loss hits TD Bank – 267,000 customers affected
- HIPAA Compliance and Data Protection
- Asigra is Positioned on the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup/ Recovery Software
- Big Data Infographic - What is Big Data?
- Congratulations to the 2012 Asigra Hybrid Partner Cloud Backup Award Winners!
- Do we have a "suite" deal for you!
Asigra's Year on Twitter (via Vizify) – Infographic:
Asigra's Year on Storify:
Live Twitter chat #cloud2cloud with special guest Curtis Preston
Asigra @ Techfield Day 2012 #SFD2
At Asigra, we participated in a holiday gift exchange that involved purchasing children toys that would be donated to a local holiday toy drive. Here's a picture of some of the toys that were exchanged among the Marketing team. They brought back some great memories, especially when Cynthia Hart opened her WWE wrestling figurine. It was a surprise to say the least. And in the spirit of giving, all of the toys will be donated to the Toronto Fire Fighter's Toy Drive.
TORONTO – December 17, 2012 – Asigra Inc. a leading Cloud Backup, Recovery and Restore (BURR) software provider since 1986, announced today that Asigra Cloud Backup™ now provides backup and recovery of snowmen. Children and adults around the world are rejoicing that their snowmen can be recovered.
This email brings to you an interactive holiday card along with glad tidings and Seasons Greetings from your friends at Asigra. We wish you a safe and disaster free New Year!
Temperatures are rising at an unseasonable rate. Weather is becoming unpredictable. Rising temperatures increase the odds of extreme events occurring. According to Skeptical Science "These changes don't automatically generate extreme weather events but they change the odds that such events will take place."
To address the potential risk of children around the world losing their snowmen due to unseasonal temperatures, Asigra now offers secure backup, recovery and restore of snow-based sculptures. With Asigra Cloud Backup families everywhere can achieve 100% recovery assurance of their snowmen to keep everyone happy and content.
"The only way to ensure your snow sculptures don't turn to mush is to plan for the unexpected. ... The families did the right thing in investing in Asigra Cloud Backup! Ensuring they had a disaster recovery process in place, their snowmen don't have to melt!" says Pavan Vyas, Product Marketing Manager, Asigra.
View the Asigra Holiday Card to learn more about how you can protect snowmen in your area.
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IT Channel Insight recently released a report examining the cloud industry and spoke with leading experts including Asigra's very own Eran Farajun.
The study delves into a deep analysis around three areas of focus including: the current cloud market, why it's relevant now, and where it's headed in the future. Asigra's Eran Farajun was asked to share some of his thoughts about the current landscape of the cloud market. With the face of IT departments changing by the impact of the cloud, Eran talks about the blurred lines between personal uses of technology and business uses of technology and how these needs need to be addressed by cloud-based solutions.
In addition, Eran highlights another important change - the shift from owning technology to using technology: "the traditional end-user relationship with technology is being changed by cloud computing. Before, a user would buy software and become the owner of that software - it would be installed and managed on-premise. With cloud computing that relationship has shifted. People are no longer the owners of technology but the users of the technology. The technology is managed by someone else in an offsite location."
Another noteworthy point from the report is that more than 37% of the respondents interviewed cited backup as a major proponent of cloud computing in the next five years, reiterating the importance that data plays for enterprise.
You can view the report in its entirety here:
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With the prevalence of BYOD (bring your own device) and new tablets entering the market on a monthly basis, the use of personal and corporate mobile devices continues to soar. According to Gartner by 2015 more than 60% of enterprises will have suffered material loss of sensitive corporate data via mobile devices, it’s imperative that enterprises understand the challenges BYOD presents to securing and protecting data. They need to ensure they have a backup and recovery solution along with a corporate BYOD policy to recover intellectual property in the event of a device being stolen, misplaced or damaged. Data loss can be prevented with the right backup solution.
How are you backing up corporate data being created and stored on laptops in the field? What if one of those laptops were left in the airport lounge or in the backseat of a cab? How would you have access to the corporate data perhaps financial statements and data stored on these devices?
Check out the on-demand webinar "BYOD: The Enterprise Challenges for Data Recovery" to learn more about the key challenges bring your own device presents to enterprise data being created, consumed and stored on mobile devices such as laptops, tables and smartphones – and the solutions available to protect your corporate information across your entire organization.
More than 25 years ago, Asigra CEO/President David Farajun found himself in an unexpected dilemma when he lost critical data from an application that he was developing. It was at that moment David went on a search for a solution to recover the data but quickly learned that many others were in similar situations. Once he discovered the need for data backup, he created the company Asigra. 26 years later, Asigra remains one of the leading providers of cloud backup and recovery software in the market and has received numerous industry awards for product development as well as the company's channel program and has been recognized by leading analyst firms like Gartner, Forrester, IDC, Enterprise Strategy Group, etc.
Along with the many milestones the company has reached, it celebrated a major one this week during a company lunch for David’s birthday. In the card that went out to staff, David sent out the message that said, 'I am young, with 70 years of experience'.
As a form of a gift, many Asigra employees contributed a cash donation, to which the total amount was donated to SickKids Foundation on behalf of David.
Some pics from the lunch:
As an SMB or enterprise, to determine your needs and requirements for cloud computing you need to ask yourself 7 tough questions:
- Ownership: Do I need to own the cloud platform I am storing in -public vs. private vs. hybrid (public & private) cloud ownership?
- Responsibility: Do I want to manage my own data or do I want to pay a vendor to store and recover it for me?
- IT Staff: Do I have the internal resources to support and maintain my backups, upgrades and platforms or do I require external coverage?
- BYOD: Do you need to protect data on mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones?
- Internal or external hosting: Do multiple developers and external contracts need to have access and interact with the development process of my data?
- Accessing Technology: Do I have the ability to recover my data or do I need a third party vendor to ensure it is recoverable?
- Payment: Do I prefer fixed cost of annual payment or fluctuating cost of Pay as you go plans
Once you've answered these hard questions, you should also determine what type of software platform a service provider's cloud backup service runs on and how it best suits your business. The technology the service provider uses to power your cloud backup service has to be the right fit for you in terms of implementation and ongoing management of the solution. Also, you want to make sure the platform provides you with the flexibility to change cloud deployment models as your business needs grow and expand. For a full assessment of the requirements to be met in a cloud backup service provider, download How to Choose a Cloud Backup Service Provider.
About the Demystifying Cloud Series: As a recent hire of Asigra, Heather Peters, Marketing Communications Coordinator is attempting to research and wrap her head around the terms and acronyms surrounding cloud computing. Tune in monthly to our blog, The Cloud Backup Blog, and corporate newsletter to follow her series and learnings.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our live Twitter chat we held yesterday and a special thanks to our guest moderator Mr.Backup, Curtis Preston. The discussion was interesting and provided some great insight about the current cloud environment with an emphasis on the new challenges of managing data in SaaS/PaaS applications.
We've captured the chat in its entirety using Storify which you can find below. Here are a few highlighted points worth mentioning from the chat:
- @ktichenor mentions that analytics data from your website online could be seen as pertinent business data in the cloud
- To recover your data from any changes or edits made in a CRM application, typically a database restore is required which is a timely process.
- SLAs can vary from one SaaS/PaaS provider to another with unclear details on how often they backup data. They can be inconsistent and not meet your own SLAs. @wcpreston says that in some cases there are no recovery SLAs at all!
- According to @ktichenor, most companies trust that the SaaS/PaaS vendors are performing backups of their data. @BrandonOdegard says that the ultimate responsibility lies on the administrator to know whether or not the cloud service has adequate backup plans.
Nexus 7 tablet Winner
As part of the live event, we also held a draw for a Nexus 7 tablet. Entries were submitted for each Tweet mentioned in the chat. A lucky Twitter follower was chosen by random from the pool of eligible tweets. And the winner is:
Congratulations to @ktichenor. We'll be in touch soon to send you your prize.
Here's a look at the live event: