Data and Security

At our data centers, we take security very seriously. We keep your data safe and secure by using dozens of critical security features.

We've designed our data centers with security in mind.

Security is part of our data centers' DNA. We custom-build servers exclusively for our data centers, never selling or distributing them externally. And our industry-leading security team works 24/7 around the globe making our facilities one of the safest places for your data to live.

We also have robust disaster recovery measures in place. For example, in the event of a fire or any other disruption, we shift data access automatically and seamlessly to another data center so that our users can keep working, uninterrupted. Our emergency backup generators continue to power our data centers even in the event of a power failure.

We safeguard your data.

Rather than storing each user's data on a single machine or set of machines, we distribute all data — including our own — across many computers in different locations. We then chunk and replicate the data over multiple systems to avoid a single point of failure. We name these data chunks randomly, as an extra measure of security, making them unreadable to the human eye.

While you work, our servers automatically back up your critical data. So when accidents happen — if your computer crashes or gets stolen — you can be up and running again in seconds.

Lastly, we rigorously track the location and status of each hard drive in our data centers. We destroy hard drives that have reached the end of their lives in a thorough, multi-step process to prevent access to the data.

Servers

Our security team is on duty 24/7.

Our data centers are protected with several layers of security to prevent any unauthorized access to your data. We use secure perimeter defense systems, comprehensive camera coverage, biometric authentication, and a 24/7 guard staff. In addition, we enforce a strict access and security policy at our data centers and ensure all staff is trained to be security minded.

We also have local and regional security operations centers covering the entire data center fleet. These SOCs monitor and respond to alarms at all of our facilities, and are constantly tracking local and global events that could impact operations at our data centers. The security teams also run year-round testing to ensure that we’re always prepared to respond to any situation. And along with routine testing, the teams run a robust enterprise risk management program to proactively assess and mitigate any risks to the data centers.

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