Storage Clips: New York notification act goes active

A New York law similar to California's SB 1386 has gone into effect; EVault named its data turkeys.

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New York notification act goes active
A New York state law, Information Security Breach and Notification Act, has gone into effect, according to various reports. The law, similar to California's SB 1386, requires "any state agency or business which owns or licenses a computerized database which includes vulnerable personal information [to] disclose any breach of security of such system to any resident of New York state whose unencrypted personal information may have been acquired by an unauthorized person," according to the official text. It also includes enforcement provisions, including a fine of up to $150,000 for noncompliance.

EVault announces data turkeys
EVault announced winners of its first annual Data Turkey Awards honoring both Most Disastrous Data Loss and Most Spectacular Data Recovery of the past year. The winner in the Most Disastrous Data Loss category was Brian Scott, president of Landmark Commercial, a commercial real estate firm based in Arlington, Texas. When his server at work melted down, Scott went back to his apartment to retrieve a backup copy of critical business data he had stored on a portable hard drive, only to lose the tape when he dropped it down some stairs.

The winner in the Most Spectacular Data Recovery category was Dunbar St. Paul, a 20-year veteran computer consultant and president of New Orleans, La.-based Computer Solutions. St. Paul's entry detailed his travails during Hurricane Katrina, when his entire client base (30 companies in all) temporarily lost access to their data. St. Paul says recovery efforts for one client consisted of driving across the shoulder of the road, jumping over a fence and trudging through mud to reach the building -- and then donning boots to wade through 18 inches of muddy, toxic water to retrieve his client's servers.

South River offers PC access to iDisk
South River Technologies announced that its WebDrive FTP Client is certified to work with the Apple Mac iDisk online storage service. WebDrive allows users, through a mapped drive letter, to access, edit and share remote files as if they were on their local computer.

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