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Vol. 2 No. 7 September 2003

Federal Regulations Spur Interest in Tape Encryption

Federal Regulations Spur Interest in Tape Encryption or most storage managers, encrypting backup tapes is a pretty low priority, either because they don't think it's necessary, because they are wary of decreased performance, or they fear making it harder to restore. But that's changing, says Hari Venkatacharya, senior vice president of secure networked storage at Kasten Chase, which makes the Assurency Secure Networked Storage product, a PCI-based encryption card. "There's been a significant shift even in the past four months in security paranoia because of all the legislation that has passed," Venkatacharya says. For example, the California Act Senate Bill No. 1386 requires companies doing business with Californians to notify customers when they've been hacked. Encrypted data is exempt from the reporting requirement. Furthermore, encrypting backup tapes isn't necessarily an all-or-nothing proposition. "Companies are looking to encrypt about 15% to 20% of their data," estimates Venkatacharya. In other words, a company may want ...

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  • Where tape belongs

    by  David Braue

    Ignore the industry babble about whether tape is dead or not: Tape is here to stay. But with the advantages of new low-cost disk systems--especially for fast restoration--tape's role in backup will likely change. The upshot: You'll likely be using your libraries differently.

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