The importance of secure customer data storage

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 09:12
Cloud Services

At Redstor we cannot stress the importance of securely storing data enough. We hate seeing stories like this in the news but unfortunately it appears UK based travel website,, has had to shut down due to poor security practices.

The shutdown comes shortly after a security specialist, Scott Helme, discovered that he was able to easily extract personal and sensitive data of thousands of customers that had used the site previous to himself. Helme was able to sequentially access each booking reference and obtain data which includes names, addresses and booking details rendering the site in breach of PCI Data Security Standards and The Data Protection Act.

Hotel Hippo revealed a short statement exclaiming only 24 customers had been affected, however regardless of the size of a data breach, both customers and your business are placed at serious risk potentially tarnishing your business' reputation irreparably. In addition to being liable for expensive fines. For many, it is not the size of the data breach, only the fact that there was one. If you deal with sensitive data it is imperative that it is secured properly.

Redstor Online Backup provides encrypted data backup for organisations of all sizes. Data is encrypted to your choice of AES-128, AES-256 or Blowfish-448 for maximum security. As you own and control the encryption key, no one, not even Redstor, can read your data. Redstor’s range of secure and encrypted cloud services are already protecting the data of over 10,000 organisations across the UK.

Redstor’s Online Backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our cloud sync and share service, Centrastor, enables organisations to store and share files securely online from any device with an Internet connection and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective endpoint management. Our Virtual Disaster Recovery service guarantees to have your systems up and running within minutes following a disaster. To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].

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