The encryption features to keep your data safe

When it comes to securing your data, you want to be in control. Most of us have heard of data being accidentally or unintentionally leaked or illegally obtained by criminals looking to exploit it.

At Acronis, we understand that this is probably a concern for you as well. That's why we give you all the controls you need and can assure you that our infrastructure is very secure for your data. Even if data is intercepted, we use mechanisms to render such attempts useless. This is mainly achieved through encryption.

Encrypt everything

You may have heard of encryption in relation to your other devices or internet activities. For example, https access to sensitive websites when you access your emails or your bank's website. Encryption is one of the cornerstones of data security. However, it must be applied correctly, taking into account all data protection scenarios

All types of backups are secured and protected with Acronis

First, we need to be sure that local backups can be protected from unauthorized access in case someone gains access to your desktop, laptop or mobile device. By using the industry-leading AES-256 algorithm, you can be sure that your data is safe. It is very difficult to decrypt data secured with this algorithm. AES-256 is not very fast in terms of time and performance during the encryption process. Therefore, you can use shorter key lengths (AES-256 means that the key length is 256 bits) such as 128 or 192 bits to improve performance when protecting data that is not so sensitive.

Users can specify the encryption algorithm and password for encryption, and Acronis Agent handles the key generation. The password you assign for the backup cannot be retrieved, so you have to memorize it. This is even intentional, as it is a reasonable security approach. In the event of a targeted attack or malware attack, your password will not be found in the agent/program files, so there is no way to decrypt the backup file(s).

Technologically, the password is also converted into the actual Encryption key by an algorithm, so it is really secure. Of course, you can set different passwords for each backup plan (this means that each backup will be encrypted with a different Encryption key).

Secondly, the same applies to cloud storage: you'd better store backups in an encrypted format. Some of us are wary about storing our data anywhere in the cloud. There is still a trust issue, especially after some major security breaches in recent years, like with PSN or iCloud. At Acronis, we understand that, which is why we offer our users the ability to store data encrypted in the Acronis Cloud. In order to encrypt and decrypt your data, the program requires the password you provide when configuring the online backup. The process and procedure are the same as for a local backup - you need to remember your password. Alternatively, you can use password manager software that will do this for you.

Third, what else do we need to back up and take care of? Facebook, our online social life. That's why we've also recently added an option to encrypt Facebook backups. This backup can be stored in the cloud, but we can encrypt the data as we create the backup, minimizing any potential data loss.

Make sure your data is stored in a secure cloud through a secure channel.

We've already talked about the need to encrypt all data, regardless of where it's stored - locally or in the cloud. But it's also very important to eliminate the possibility of data being intercepted on its way to the cloud. This means that the channel to the cloud must be secured via SSL - which is how Acronis products communicate with Acronis Cloud.

Acronis Cloud, on the other hand, consists of many data centers spread across the globe, which are very well secured against various types of attacks. Physical security is provided by high fences, round-the-clock security personnel, and video surveillance with ninety-day archiving. Biometric scans and a proximity key card are required for access. Acronis' data centers are equipped with UPS and emergency diesel generators and are designed to provide up to forty-eight hours of constant power availability to withstand an indefinite power outage. There are also redundant HVAC, network and UPS systems. The Tier IV data centers do not interrupt availability for planned activities and can withstand at least one unplanned worst-case scenario without experiencing critical impacts. With over ninety-nine percent availability, Tier-IV is the highest availability level for a data center in the world.

Acronis data centers are also SSAE 18 certified. SSAE 18 is a framework for a data center organization to have its internal controls audited by an external company. Organizations that rely on compliance, such as publicly traded companies, financial firms and healthcare organizations, often require SSAE 18 certification.

Acronis helps you control access to your data

In summary, with Acronis products, you can be sure that no one who shouldn't have access to your data can. You can encrypt data on the device and send it in encrypted form to the cloud via a secured, encrypted channel. Data in the cloud is further secured by a strict data center security policy.