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Storage Security, the Last Line of Defense

Aug 10, 2011, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Newman)

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"As crazy as it seems, people have told me there is no need for storage security; all that is needed is network and OS security, and securing the file system and data path is not important. Their argument is that storage security is far too hard to manage. Of course, I ask what they mean and I do not seem to get a straight answer very often. What I think people are concerned about is the complexity of key management for disk drives, but this is only one aspect of storage security. Disk encryption allows the easy destruction of a disk once it has been removed from a system. Disk encryption does not prevent anyone getting into the system from accessing data from your system, as the encryption is done by disk drive when written and it is decrypted when read. The argument that the OS and network, including user passwords, is all the security that is needed is a flawed argument in my opinion."

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