The pandemic spawned unprecedented growth in remote access work. The expanded remote workforce increased the number of vulnerable network endpoints. All cell phones, laptops, tablets and other networked devices, separated by wide physical distances, are now potential entry points for cyberattacks. With more than a 400% increase in cybercrime over the past year, securing endpoints is a crucial part of cyber security.
Our team tested Carbonite Endpoint, billed by its developers as “Enterprise-grade endpoint backup for modern workforces.” We found the installation was simple enough where one needn’t be tech-savvy to get it up and running. In addition, Carbonite Endpoint’s continuous backup is close to “set and forget” for the average user if you don't have an IT department.
In testing, we found the best aspects of Carbonite Endpoint are its advanced security features. When data is not being transmitted, data encryption is accomplished with 256-bit AES encryption. When data is transmitted, Transport Layer Security is deployed. In addition, a data wipe feature allows remote erasing of data in the event of a cyberattack or loss of a device. There is also a cool GPS tracking feature to help locate lost or stolen devices anywhere in the world.
Our tests determined that although the automated backup and high level of security are top-notch, the restoration speed is a bit slow. Slow restoration download speeds are perhaps the only drawback we found when putting Carbonite Endpoint to the test. For day-to-day continuous backup, Carbonite provides seamless and secure backup without sacrificing functionality. It is essential to know that you have a secure, automated, 24/7 system backup. However, if you ever require file restoration, it would be nice if the developers could improve the download speeds. Time is money, and slow file restorations can put a business on hold.
Carbonite Endpoint supports many platforms, including Windows 7 and later, macOS 10.12, Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2016m 2014 and 2012. It is also very scalable so that it can grow with your business.
The Carbonite platform also offers strong support for companies with high compliance regulations. If using Office 365, Carbonite Endpoint extends Office’s 30-day data backup and provides all-inclusive and secure data retention, which is particularly beneficial if needed for litigation.
Finally, we checked out Customer Support and found their tech support team responsive, easy to work with and very knowledgeable.
Except for slow restoration download speeds, we found Carbonite Endpoint to be a flexible and secure platform for locking down system endpoints.