Snapshot: Encrypting backup data

Do you encrypt your backup?

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Do you encrypt your backup?

Do you encrypt your backups?
Where does the encryption take place?
Will you begin encrypting your backups?

Encrypting backups has become slightly more prevalent since August 2003, when Storage surveyed readers about their backup tape-encryption practices. Back then, 90% didn't encrypt tapes; today, that number has dropped slightly to 86%. More telling perhaps is that 23% plan to begin backup encryption, despite concerns about performance and being able to restore. Many readers noted that regulations and audits were fueling their interest...

in backup encryption.

This was first published in May 2005

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