online data backup

Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by deepfitting, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. deepfitting Registered Member

    Hey, peeps! My boss here is giving me some problem

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    Joking. Actually, the problem is I just don't have enough idea on what he wants. He is our General Manager and he wants to make sure that all our critical and confidential data / files are well secured. And because I'm not the techie or computer geek type of person, I asked him if wants to have an external hard drive. I saw from his face that he was quite disappointed with my answer, lol. So he told me to check on the net about online data back. As I was browsing, I landed to this page:,2817,2288745,00.asp and I ended up having a headache because of the computer / technical terms that I am not so familiar with.

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    I'm now thinking of suggesting to my boss that we just consult an IT company to help us analyze our needs so they can have a better suggestion. However, I'm just wondering if it is cost effective or is it better to choose from the list that I saw from PCMag? Any suggestion? Thanks.
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  3. Absane Rocket Surgeon Valued Senior Member

    Why don't you just tell him you aren't qualified to understand any of that?

    Assuming he isn't satisfied with that answer I'd look into managing backups on-site rather than off-site (like online backups). I work in information security and honestly don't trust online backup sites because you are trusting someone else with your data. And if you're storing sensitive business information "in the cloud" you expose it to potential risk (either in transit over the Internet or in their own network).

    At home I run automated nightly backups with AES encryption to a network area storage (NAS) device that sits on my home network. Nothing goes out to the Internet. In addition, I copy the backups to an external hard drive on a weekly basis to protect those from any malware that would target NAS devices.
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