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Vol. 6 No. 6 August 2007

Data destruction: When data should disappear

Most companies don't have a detailed policy that governs what data they need to keep and what data should be destroyed. Once a year, the Winter Hill Bank in Somerville, MA, gets rid of everything--hundreds of boxes of paper, backup tapes and even plastic binders, according to Bill DiTucci, facilities manager at the bank. "The truck comes and in a couple of hours it's all destroyed right there in front of us," he says. Like many other financial institutions around the world, Winter Hill Bank isn't taking any chances when it comes to protecting customer information. With a data destruction policy in place, DiTucci says the bank is less exposed to criminal and civil prosecution, as well as the costly loss of business that comes from newspaper headlines should sensitive customer data end up in the wrong hands. Winter Hill Bank uses The Brinks Company, a document and media destruction firm that operates a fleet of mobile shredding trucks across the U.S. On a scheduled basis, these vehicles roll up to a customer site and pulverize ...

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Features in this issue

  • VTL gets a boost from backup apps

  • Fibre Channel director face-off: Brocade vs. Cisco

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Fibre Channel directors are the choice for consolidating isolated SAN fabrics. Brocade's 48000 Director and Cisco's MDS 9513 Multilayer Director are the undisputed leaders in this small field, but they offer very different paths to storage services and consolidation options. We'll help you decide which company's product is the best director for your storage environment.

  • Data destruction: When data should disappear

    Most companies don't have a detailed policy that governs what data they need to keep and what data should be destroyed. Deciding on the destruction levels you're comfortable with is the easiest part of this puzzle. The most complicated piece is figuring out what to destroy and when, and then sticking to it.

  • Survey Says: Features, familiar vendors are key to storage purchases

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  • How to write an archiving program RFP

    by  Sharon Fisher

    With so many archiving systems on the market, putting together a request for proposal (RFP) for an archiving program for structured, semistructured or unstructured data is a key step. It's equally important that your team is well-prepared to evaluate vendor proposals so you'll end up with a product that fits your company's needs at a price that doesn't break your budget.

  • Demystifying Unix dump

    by  David J. Young

    dump is a powerful tool to back up Unix files. In this excerpt from W. Curtis Preston's new book, Backup & Recovery: Inexpensive Backup Solutions for Open Systems, the dump utility is described in detail, including how it works, when to use it and exactly what can go wrong at various stages of the dump backup process.

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