Mozy servers are located in several world-class data centres across the globe. Each data centre adheres to the highest standards of security for optimal data protection.
On-site Monitoring and Security
All data centres are surrounded by a secure perimeter and staffed 24/7/365 with technology professionals who maintain the highest standards in data protection. Both card and biometric security authentication are required to enter the facilities and access the Mozy server area. All data centres are SAS 70 Type I or Type II certified.
Fire Detection & Suppression System
EMC-managed data centres utilise a gas fire suppression system to extinguish fires in the event of an emergency without jeopardising server functionality. The waterless system releases a mixture of nitrogen, argon, and carbon dioxide to extinguish fires by reducing the available oxygen to less than 15%.
Redundant Power and Networks
Power is conditioned and protected by redundant systems and guaranteed by generators supplied by diesel fuel storage. In addition, multiple network providers service each data centre to ensure operation in the event a network carrier fails.
All sites have cooling mechanisms in place to ensure the servers are kept at optimal operating temperatures.
Mozy by Decho has moved from Blowfish encryption to AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption as the default encryption algorithm for new accounts that choose to use a private encryption key. Blowfish remains supported as the default encryption for those choosing to use the Mozy encryption key.
Blowfish and AES Explained
Both Blowfish and AES are algorithms designed for data encryption, or the transformation of data into a form that only intended recipients can understand or use. In the case of AES and Blowfish, a key of varying size is used as the basis of this transformation and can be used to reverse the process. The length of the key may vary and can be anything from a simple string of ASCII characters to a sample of binary data. Mozy utilizes a 448-bit key length for Blowfish and a 256-bit key length for AES.
Blowfish is a public-domain algorithm designed in 1993 by Bruce Schneier, a renowned cryptographer. AES is the name awarded to the Rijndael algorithm in 2001 after an in-depth 5-year review. AES (as indicated by the name) is the encryption standard used by the U.S. Government.
Both algorithms are considered very secure. Blowfish was originally designed as a general purpose algorithm, with speed and good security as hallmarks of the design process. AES was designed to be as secure as possible and lends itself well to fast encryption rates (though not quite as fast as Blowfish).
AES is the standard encryption algorithm used by the U.S. Government for both Secret and Top Secret information. This fact alone was key to the decision to adopt it as the Mozy standard for private key encryption. Doing so brings Mozy into full compliance with government data protection standards and allows all government agencies and regulated subsidiaries to use Mozy to protect their data.
In addition to allowing government agencies and groups to use Mozy, AES is one of the most widely supported and utilised algorithms. With such widespread use and government backing, Mozy can be reasonably sure of its longevity.
Mozy's Commitment to Security
Security is a hallmark feature of the Mozy product and Mozy is determined to see that continue. Offering AES as an option to our users reflects our commitment to the privacy of the data we store and our concern for the security of that data moving forward.
THE BIG PICTURE
Each Mozy data centre offers a combination of the following: