Cloud data is protected by BitLocker, says Dy IGR

ST Correspondent
Friday, 15 February 2019

“Similarly, we have opted for a separate environment and our data will be in a safe zone. Moreover, the data on the cloud is protected by BitLocker encryption, so even if a person gets the data it will be of no use to him as it is encrypted,” added Karmarkar.

Pune: The Stamps and Registration Department, which recently shifted to cloud services to manage its data and servers is banking on BitLocker encryption, said Deputy IGR (Inspector General of Registration and Controller of Stamps) Supriya Karmarkar. 

The department is at the forefront of implementing the government’s resolution of government departments moving to cloud at the earliest.

To address the issue of data privacy on cloud platform, Karmarkar said authorisation to the cloud platform is protected and passwords for the same are only with the department.

“Similarly, we have opted for a separate environment and our data will be in a safe zone. Moreover, the data on the cloud is protected by BitLocker encryption, so even if a person gets the data it will be of no use to him as it is encrypted,” added Karmarkar.

While the data centre of cloud environment is located in Mahape area near Ghansoli, the disaster recovery centre is located in Nashik. 

Karmarkar said the same vendor is managing both the centres. “It is early stage for our department for using the cloud and  we decided to keep it simple. So the same vendor was asked to set up the disaster recovery centre,” she said.

Speaking about the data privacy on cloud, cyber expert Anil Raj of Cybervault Security Solutions Private Limited said data on cloud is safer compared to physical storage of data. 

“However, people should be aware that the authorisation passwords are safe and only authorised persons are able to access the data. The strength of cloud is the data can be accessed from any corner of the world, but it will turn in to weakness if unauthorised persons get access to the cloud,” informed Raj

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