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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:

    1. Create an additional administrator for the key file.

    2. Record the username and password of that administrator on paper.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

Caution:

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.

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