The Arkivum Difference
So what is the Arkivum difference? Well yes the fact that our digital archiving service is unique in offering a 100% data guarantee sets us apart from the competition but it’s not just that. When you buy in to our service you are also buying into a highly skilled team of people with a wealth of expertise in long term data preservation and the outsourcing of data storage.
We are not just another diigtal archiving service provider, we know how to keep data safe and make it easily accessible in the long term.
If you’re considering implementing a digital archving service then we would like you to ask the following seven questions before making any decisions:
|1||Can you be sure of the integrity of your data?||Are you guaranteed that every single bit of data you pull back from your digital archive is identical to what you put in - and can you prove it?|
|2||Is your data always confidential?||Can you be sure that there is no way for anyone else to access and understand your data - and that includes any service providers used to hold the data?|
|3||Do you know the authenticity of your data?||Do you know who first put the data into the digital archive, who's then accessed that data, and who has been handled the data inside the archive to keep it safe and secure?|
|4||Is your data available when you need it?||If you need data quickly then can it be retrieved in a matter of minutes? Can this be done for every single file you want to store?|
|5||Do you know who is in possession of your data at all times?||Do you know exactly where your data is stored and who runs the facilities? Do you know who controls how your data is stored and who is responsible for its safekeeping?|
|6||Are you confident that you can always use your data?||What happens if your vendor or service provider goes out of business or stops support? Are you locked into proprietary data formats or tools? What happens if you want to change applications that use your archive - do you need to go through a complex systems integration process?|
|7||Can you always assert the provenance of your data?||Faced with a compliance audit, the need to understand whether you’re litigation ready, or the need to prove the authenticity of your data, can you provide an audit trail that says what the data is, where it’s come from, and everyone and everything that's happened to it since?|
These aren't just questions that we've made up to highlight how good our digital archiving service really is. The questions about confidentiality, integrity and availability are the bedrock of information security and are known as the CIA triad. The questions about authenticity, possession and utility are further essential facets of risk management for information assets. The final question (provenance) is a pillar of digital preservation, but is probably more familiar in a business context as being able to support auditability - it is about asserting a chain of custody for data assets.
It goes without saying that with Arkivum’s digital archiving service you can confidently answer ‘yes’ to every one of the questions above and we’ve put all of these answers into a succinct whitepaper which you can download below.
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