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Decrypting Encryption

Decrypting Encryption

Securo Backup and Recovery uses a military grade AES-256 bit encryption to protect your data as it passes through the cloud to our data centres in Hampshire. That all sounds fairly nifty (and it is!) but what does it really mean?

Data encryption actually has it’s beginnings in the ancient Greek and Roman times. It has become significantly more complex in practice since those times, however the underpinning idea remains much the same.

Encryption works by changing the format of the message or data (using a cipher) in such a way that it only becomes readable by the recipient person, machine or software.

The recipient requires the necessary tools or information to unlock the encoded data. In the context of modern digital forms of encryption, this is known as an encryption key.

So we can think of encryption as a way of scrambling your data into an unreadable format unless you have the key to unscramble it.

There are two main forms of digital encryption key – Symmetric key and Asymmetric key. The AES encryption we use with Securo is a symmetric key.

Using a symmetric key means the power is in your hands because only you need to possess the key meaning you alone have the ability to unlock your data.

And because the on-site client performs the encryption operation – the keys are not required to be transmitted across publicly owned (ISP) networks.

With any form of online backup, the security of data transfer is a key consideration.

So keeping your business data safe from prying eyes and malicious attacks must be the number one priority when choosing your backup solution.

An AES-128 bit encryption alone has over 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 possible key combinations.

So for even more security, we use the AES-256 encryption – giving our customers complete peace of mind that their data is untouchable.

It’s believed that the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) will be a secure for at least another 20 years – keeping your backup solution future-proofed!

To find out more about the unbeatable security of Securo Backup and Recovery, call us today on 0845 241 9696 or visit our website to start your free trial.

About the Author

Written by Pete Hughes

Pete is currently Head of Product Management at Taylor Made Computer solutions. Pete has a strong "hands on" technical background that is crucial to his role in developing the TMCS product lines. Pete’s Technical experience includes VMware, Microsoft, Asigra, N-Able and Citrix technologies and is regularly seen at Managed Services and Hosting events in Europe and worldwide. When the time is available Pete enjoys a variety of water sports including Yacht racing and a passion for the mountains and anything that involves snow.