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“Are you a moron or something? Everybody knows that once your data is in The Cloud it is bathed daily with warm glacial spring water and groomed by a handsome centaur with a unicorn tail brush.

The Cloud is perfect. The Cloud is reliable. The Cloud is redundant. The Cloud cured my aunt’s gout.”

DemeterLast (commenter on The Register)

The Register reported how a disgruntled former employee in the UK deleted 5,000 files, costing the company nearly £100,000.

In essence there are two types of IT leaders in the world: Those who have experienced data loss, and those that will.

Insider attacks can come from senior staff. For example, a rogue former executive deliberately altered and deleted files to delay delivery of PPE to health workers.

In another recent example, attacks can come from IT staff too. For instance, a few months ago, a former IT admin used access that was overlooked during de-provisioning to wipe out user account data for the network from a folder.

While these cases may seem isolated, they are certainly not uncommon.  These instances were egregious enough to warrant criminal charges and they were widely reported in the media. For every story we see in the media, you can expect there are many other cases where companies choose to keep such events in secret for fear of damage to their reputation or brand. For most companies without the strictest data access controls it’s not a matter of if, but when such malicious file deletion will occur.

At HubStor, we help companies protect their data in cloud storage, including the protection of information in SaaS apps like OneDrive for Business, Box, and Slack, and PaaS cloud storage such as S3 and Azure Blob Storage.

We do not spend much of our time and energy convincing IT leaders that they should have a backup of their SaaS data and cloud object storage accounts. Instead, we focus on helping the IT leaders that know they need it.

Cloud storage is indeed reliable. And it is certainly redundant. However, replication is not backup.

A true backup is one where you own and control a segregated copy of the data.

With redundant cloud storage, data deletions synchronize across to the replication instances (that is not a segregated copy of the data).

Furthermore, you don’t own or control the redundant copies, so the timing and scenarios surrounding recovery or failover are outside of your control.

If you’re in the clouds and flying with no seat belt, connect with us today to get a pricing estimate for HubStor cloud backup.

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