Protecting Against Data Loss
To ensure that encrypted data is always available, InterSystems strongly suggests that you take the following preventative actions:
If you are using key files, then, for each key that you are using:
Create an additional administrator for the key file.
Record the username and password of that administrator on paper.
Place the recorded username and password in a physically secure location, such as a fireproof safe that is sufficiently far from where the key is in use.
Create a backup copy of the key file and place it in the same secure location as the recorded username and password.
If you are using a KMIP server, back up the contents of that server according to your server vendor’s instructions.
Failure to take these precautions can result in a situation where the encrypted data will be permanently inaccessible — there will be no way to read it.