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Vol. 5 No. 12 February 2007

Protect laptop data

Regular remote backups, data encryption and a two-stage authentication sign-on process are the best ways to secure laptop data. In June 23, 2006, the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) ordered government agencies to get their laptop security act together and encrypt their data within 45 days. Although the OMB order applied only to the federal government, analysts consider it a wake-up call to private-sector enterprises, which face the same risks when it comes to data on laptops. "I've been recommending that companies encrypt their laptops for 10 years," says Jeff Moss, director at Black Hat, a Seattle-based security consulting firm that uses WinMagic SecureDoc to encrypt its own laptops. "Back then, it was way too esoteric," he says, but now he believes companies will take laptop data security seriously. If the OMB memo wasn't enough to grab the attention of IT, regulations emanating from California and rippling through dozens of states across the country are spurring companies to protect laptop data. California...

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Features in this issue

  • Integrating iSCSI and FC storage

    Mixing iSCSI with Fibre Channel (FC) allows you to make more efficient use of installed storage capacity, but marrying the two protocols isn't without its challenges. Bringing iSCSI into existing FC SANs raises integration issues and leads to a somewhat more complex storage infrastructure that requires IP and FC knowledge, as well as the ability to manage and troubleshoot a multiprotocol storage environment.

  • Removable disk vies with tape

  • Clustering ERP apps

    For mission-critical apps, availability is the key. Clustering those applications can ensure they stay up and running, but clustering often conjures up images of complex technologies and an environment that's fragile and complex. Still, for most companies, the benefits of clustering are profound enough to mitigate its risks.

  • Protect laptop data

    When your company's data is mobile, it's far more vulnerable, so protecting laptop data is critical. Protecting data on laptops is a two-pronged process: ensuring the data is always available using backup, and securing data from prying eyes through encryption.

Columns in this issue

  • Classified data: For your eyes only

    Classified data: For your eyes only

  • Are you taking the iSCSI plunge?

    iSCSI has grown from a theoretical standard into a real technology with real storage products. Although once considered by many to be a Fibre Channel killer, iSCSI has gained a substantial foothold without necessarily displacing Fibre Channel. Companies of all sizes are taking the plunge, and the iSCSI juggernaut appears to be unstoppable.

  • Latest technological innovations coming from Europe

    Storage Bin: If you want to know where the latest technological innovations are coming from, go to Europe.

  • From worm to worst

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Everyone thinks about online data in the same way: You write it, read it, rewrite it and keep it forever. But many organizations have far more data that's written once, read a few times and kept alive forever. You might say this bulk data is "write once, read several times" (WORST), and it can bloat your storage environment.