Data security is an important part of the backup strategy. You must protect your information from unauthorized access, especially if you back up sensitive data to remote locations. To keep your data safe, you can use data encryption.
Data encryption transforms data to an unreadable, scrambled format with the help of a cryptographic algorithm and a secret key. If encrypted data is intercepted, it cannot be unlocked and read by the eavesdropper. Only intended recipients who know the secret key can reverse encrypted information back to a readable format.
In Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows, encryption works at the backup job level.
Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows uses the block cypher encryption algorithm. Encryption works at the source side. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows reads backed up data, encodes data blocks, transfers them to the target location in the encrypted format and stores the data to a backup file. Data decryption is also performed on the source side: Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows transfers encrypted data back to the source side and decrypts it there.
To create encrypted backups, you must enable the Enable backup file encryption option and specify a password that will be used for data encryption.
You cannot enable encryption options in the properties of the Veeam Agent backup job if you have chosen to create Veeam Agent backups on a Veeam backup repository. For such jobs, encryption options are managed by a backup administrator working with Veeam Backup & Replication. To learn more about data encryption capabilities available in Veeam Backup & Replication, see the Data Encryption section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide at https://www.veeam.com/documentation-guides-datasheets.html.
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