In 2016, one of our biggest goals was to find a dedicated cloud storage provider for both internal use and our customers. But we didn’t want just any backup solution – we wanted the ultimate security. Because facilities in the Canadian healthcare sector, which make up our entire client base, expect more from their online health data compared to those across the border.
The Canadian laws relating to data privacy that govern how private sector organizations collect, use and disclose personal information are of utmost importance in the Canadian healthcare sector. We put an emphasis on data security because we work with patient health information. With that in mind, these were our must-haves while on the hunt for the best cloud storage:
Consistent back-ups: An estimated 140,000 hard drives crash each week, which means we needed a solution that backs up regularly to a trusted, reliable source.
High-tech security: Encryption, guaranteed privacy and limited access are just a few characteristics of the latest technology.
Affordability: We all have a budget, which is why we wanted to ensure that this online backup system was affordable for any facility, no matter how big or small.
The winner? Sync.com. After looking through a number of offerings, we discovered Sync – a Canadian organization founded by the same team that started Netfirms. They’ve developed a system offering zero-knowledge cloud service that guarantees privacy and security by encrypting and decrypting your data locally (on your computer or device). Your data remains encrypted in the cloud, and most importantly, only you have access to the encryption keys. Above all, this service is PIPEDA compliant.
The three main reasons Sync made the cut:
- Exceptional security with end-to-end encryption
- Ease of use
- PIPEDA compliant
With a starting 5GB of free space and $60 CAD per year, per user for 1T of storage – you will not find a better price anywhere else online. This is an important task that too often gets delayed. Keep your patient information safe and secure, and make sure your back-ups are automated.
Please see our article How to Back Up Universal Office Data to a Cloud Storage Service on our knowledge base for help getting set up with a backup folder on Sync.com. If you need further help setting up this service, contact your IT person or get in touch with us for an IT referral.