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Published: 30 Oct 2012

Storage security focus for 2006 Storage security turned a corner in 2005. Now it's time for storage pros to get serious about security. AS FAR AS I'm concerned, 2005 was a watershed year for storage security. EMC announced to the world that, moving forward, security would be integrated into the company and its products. Network Appliance voted with its wallet by acquiring Decru. Tape leaders such as Quantum and Spectra Logic added encryption capabilities to their systems. Storage security victory! Well ... not quite. Don't get me wrong. After three years of carrying on about storage security, it's great to see this new wave of progress ripple through the industry. In spite of this, IT storage managers and the storage vendor community still have a myopic view of security. Too many folks think the term "storage security" can be interpreted as either backup encryption or as a security appliance à la Kasten Chase or NeoScale. So, my storage-centric brethren, when it comes to security there are a few things to keep in mind: Security must be systemic. Remember the... Access >>>

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