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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Getting serious about data storage security

For years, storage professionals measured their technology using two criteria: performance and availability. Storage pros may have paid lip service to security, but they often viewed it as an afterthought. These attitudes were illustrated in "Storage Security Perspectives," a July 2004 Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) research study that surveyed 388 storage and 128 security professionals. The data pointed to a consistent pattern of user and vendor storage security indifference, such as: Thirty percent of storage professionals admitted their security policies and procedures don't encompass data storage technologies such as storage arrays, SAN switches and storage management software. Twenty-seven percent of users had experienced a storage security breach, didn't know if they'd experienced a storage security breach or couldn't tell if they'd experienced a storage security breach. In spite of the risks associated with offsite transportation and storing critical backup data, only 7% of organizations claim they "always" encrypt data ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hidden threats to data

    Inadequacies in storage governance and weaknesses in data management may pose far less-visible risks to a company's data. To mitigate these threats, you must be aware of the impact and probability of these risks to reduce or eliminate them.

  • Safer SATA for nearline apps

    New SATA drivers tailored for nearline apps

  • Keep remote offices in sync

    With regulatory compliance, data protection requirements and the need to share data, remote office data can no longer be ignored. Wide-area file system products can rein in and protect remote data.

  • Will your disaster recovery plan work?

    No matter how many checklists a company creates, the number of disaster scenarios it considers or even how assiduously it backs up data, managers can't be confident in their firm's ability to recover data unless the systems have been tested thoroughly.

  • Better capacity forecasting

    There are two methods for devising storage capacity forecasts: quantitative and qualitative. By combining the two, you can develop practical metrics that will make more accurate forecasts.

  • Data grids for storage

    Data grids are used by the scientific community to access data resources around the world. Companies can use the principles underlying these global grids to link geographically dispersed sites.

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