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Vol. 4 No. 2 April 2005

Storage security policies for data backups and tape

When I joined the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) in 2003 to begin an information security practice, the company decided that a good place to start was at the intersection between security and storage. ESG was well known in the storage community, so why not become the voice of storage security? We discovered a few things very quickly. First, storage technology is extremely insecure from top to bottom. Whether you're talking about Fibre Channel, admin tools, switch configuration or management interfaces, security holes are rampant. These problems exist even in large data centers at Fortune 500 firms with detailed security policies, meticulous procedures and dedicated staff. It's not hard to imagine how much worse these problems are at the departmental level, in remote offices or in smaller businesses. Discovering the overall poor state of storage security was accompanied by another epiphany: Storage folks don't pay much attention to security. This startling realization applies to IT storage professionals and vendors. Let me ...

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