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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Hidden threats to data

Many organizations have a good handle on external risk. They've implemented disaster recovery (DR), business continuance and security measures to protect their data and applications. On the internal security front, companies have instituted systems that limit physical and digital access to critical systems to reduce the likelihood of a disgruntled or unauthorized employee purposely or accidentally damaging/absconding with crucial data. But while focusing on these obvious perils, firms may overlook the seemingly mundane--but potentially more damaging--dangers that can arise due to lax administration and procedures. Inadequacies in storage governance and weaknesses in data management are often subtle and may pose far less-visible risks to a company's data. To mitigate these threats, you must be aware of the impact and probability of these risks so you can take pre-emptive action to reduce or eliminate them. Internal risks stem from two broad exposure areas: Governance exposures: weaknesses in management practices (policy, ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hidden threats to data

    Inadequacies in storage governance and weaknesses in data management may pose far less-visible risks to a company's data. To mitigate these threats, you must be aware of the impact and probability of these risks to reduce or eliminate them.

  • Safer SATA for nearline apps

    New SATA drivers tailored for nearline apps

  • Keep remote offices in sync

    With regulatory compliance, data protection requirements and the need to share data, remote office data can no longer be ignored. Wide-area file system products can rein in and protect remote data.

  • Will your disaster recovery plan work?

    No matter how many checklists a company creates, the number of disaster scenarios it considers or even how assiduously it backs up data, managers can't be confident in their firm's ability to recover data unless the systems have been tested thoroughly.

  • Better capacity forecasting

    There are two methods for devising storage capacity forecasts: quantitative and qualitative. By combining the two, you can develop practical metrics that will make more accurate forecasts.

  • Data grids for storage

    Data grids are used by the scientific community to access data resources around the world. Companies can use the principles underlying these global grids to link geographically dispersed sites.

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