Out of sight -- out of mind

Tyler, Geoff
October 2004
Management Services;Oct2004, Vol. 48 Issue 10, p24
Academic Journal
This article highlights measures taken by the storage sector of the information technology (IT) industry to improve security and data access as of October 2004. The virus crisis has encouraged IT administrators to wrongly believe that security equals anti-virus protection. IT security should be about protecting all critical systems, processes, and data. It is advised that companies carry out risk analysis covering the entire IT environment, quantified in terms of the business processes affected, and their importance. Indeed it may turn out that hackers have exploited this gap in vigilance to launch other, more costly, kinds of intrusion. The IT industry and its associated consultants and prophets are now more or less agreed that with virus and firewall protection so well engineered these days--and now becoming at last more widely adopted by organizations--if not by individuals--the main risk is once again loss of or illicit access to our stored knowledge. Storage technologies have reached the point where it is a major IT research exercise to determine the best--or best combination. Acronyms and names abound--LTO, DVD, CD-R, DLT, SDLT, RAID, WORM, AIT, 3480, Mammoth, and UD0 only scratch the surface. They encompass hard disk, tape and optical disk storage media, fixed and removable and may involve a migration from one to the other as access levels and acceptable retrieval times drop over the years.


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