Data storage backup security tutorial: Tape encryption and cloud backup

Data storage backups are an necessary element of data protection plan, but they're often the biggest source of security woes. Learn everything you need to know about keeping your backups secure in this tutorial.

Data storage backups are a necessary element of data protection plan, but they're often the biggest source of security

woes. Learn everything you need to know about keeping your backups secure in this tutorial. Whether you're using a tape-based backup and recovery system, disk-based backup or a cloud- or online-based backup method, we have the answers here. We have collected our most popular resources on tape encryption and data backup security in one place.


DATA STORAGE SECURITY TUTORIAL: TABLE OF CONTENTS

 Encryption key management: New standards on the horizon
 Is cloud/online data backup really secure? 
 The pros and cons of host-based vs. appliance-based tape encryption
 Data protection for ROBOs
 Where should you encrypt your data? 
 Data storage backup security news and expert advice 

 

  ENCRYPTION KEY MANAGEMENT STANDARDS

Encryption is not only increasingly desirable, it is often mandatory. But while encryption is proliferating, the means for tracking and managing the keys that make encryption schemes workable has not kept up. To date, there have been few good options for encryption key management. But new standards promise remedy this situation. Learn about new encryption key management standards coming up in the future in this article.

  DATA SECURITY CONCERNS WITH ONLINE BACKUP

Everyone seems to be on the online backup bandwagon. It's convenient, it requires little effort, and it'll ensure you get those backups completed and offsite once and for all. Oh, it adds a much-needed layer of data security, too. After all, what if someone were to break into your office and not only steal your computers but also your external drives or other media your precious backups are sitting on? Online data backup offers a lot of value, however, there are downsides you absolutely need to be aware of. There's too high a price to pay to bury your head in the sand over something so important. Learn everything you need to know about online/cloud data backup security in this article from security expert Kevin Beaver.

  THE PROS AND CONS OF HOST-BASED VS. APPLIANCE-BASED TAPE ENCRYPTION

Whether you're faced with a government regulation, a business partner contractual requirement, or just want to take some basic precautions, tape encryption should be on your radar. This leads us to the host versus appliance encryption question. Which one will work best in your environment? Learn about host-based vs. appliance-based tape encryption in this article.

  DATA PROTECTION FOR REMOTE AND BRANCH OFFICES

Many large corporations have many smaller remote offices or branch offices (ROBOs) that create and use data. Any company with remote offices or branch offices requires solutions that can support corporate data protection and business service levels with distributed data centers. Learn about how to formulate a ROBO data protection strategy and how to choose the best ROBO data protection technology for your enterprise in this article.

  WHERE SHOULD YOU ENCRYPT YOUR DATA?

Thanks to a few high-profile losses of data through misplaced or stolen backup tapes, regulators and everyone else are paying attention to encryption. But there are many choices when it comes to tape encryption, so picking what's best for your organization can be challenging. Learn where to encrypt your data in this article.

  DATA STORAGE BACKUP SECURITY NEWS AND EXPERT ADVICE 

 

Storage administrators are increasingly relying on tape encryption and other security technologies to guard sensitive data. Bookmark our special section on data backup security news and expert advice to stay up to date on the latest backup security technologies.

This was first published in July 2009

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