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Vol. 4 No. 9 November 2005

Secure your backups

Major data losses by large corporations have grabbed headlines and created a surge of interest in encryption. In the past year, IT professionals have grown accustomed to opening their morning papers to stories about companies losing backup tapes. A sampling: In February, banking behemoth Bank of America Corp. confirmed it lost backup tapes containing the account information--including credit card and social security numbers--of 1.2 million government employees, including U.S. senators. In May, media and entertainment company Time Warner Inc. announced that 40 backup tapes containing data on 600,000 employees were lost during a routine shipment to an offsite storage facility by Boston-based storage and records management firm Iron Mountain. Citigroup Inc. followed suit in June with another tale of lost backup tapes, this time containing records for 3.9 million past and current customers, lost in transit by United Parcel Service (UPS). Was data actually compromised? Perhaps. Were these companies' images tarnished? Most definitely....

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  • Secure your backups

    The headlines tell the story: Lost tapes can jeopardize the confidentiality of personal information and cause public-relations woes for those companies charged with safeguarding that data. Encryption can solve the problem, but implementing tape encryption isn't so easy, as performance issues could impact backup windows.

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