New Threats Drive Encryption

As more enterprises deploy storage networking, concerns are growing over the vulnerability of stored data, according to Byte and Switch Insider

March 14, 2006

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NEW YORK, March 14, 2006 – The move to storage networking has increased the vulnerability of all corporate data to intrusion and attack, leading enterprise IT managers to take a more serious look at storage encryption for added protection of data assets, according a new report published by the subscription research service Byte and Switch Insider (

"Storage Encryption: State of the Art" explores the technology options available for encrypting data stored by enterprises. While most attention in data security to date has centered on protecting data as it is transported across network connections, increased use of storage networking and distributed databases has made stored data (a.k.a. "data at rest") more susceptible to security breaches. The report focuses on encryption products that apply directly to data at rest.

The report identifies and compares basic encryption processes and details the critical factors to be considered by storage network managers in weighing different options. The report includes outlines of the encryption products and strategies of 18 different technology suppliers, including IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and Symantec.

"Historically, network administrators have concentrated on protecting resources on the front end of the storage environment, under the premise that stored data was protected as long as the entry point to that data was kept secure," the report notes. "But storage networking has introduced new security issues not normally addressed by conventional network security efforts."

"Storage Encryption: State of the Art" identifies and analyzes the full range of technology, deployment, and market factors affecting enterprise use of storage encryption, including:

  • Recent changes in regulatory compliance laws regarding storage and handling of enterprise data

  • Factors that can be used to determine which data requires the added security of encryption

  • The impact of encryption key management on IT resources

  • Comparative cost and deployment analyses of hardware- and software-based encryption options

Key findings of the report include the following:

  • Regulatory compliance requirements will drive more enterprises to invest in storage encryption technologies.

  • Encryption key management is emerging as a major element determining the cost and success of storage security efforts.

  • Software-based encryption is generally considered less expensive to deploy, but it carries a hidden cost of processing overhead.

  • Encryption embedded in storage hardware is the most likely future direction for storage security, but such products are not widely available today.

"Storage Encryption: State of the Art" is available as part of an annual subscription (12 monthly issues) to Byte and Switch Insider, priced at $1,350. Individual reports are available for $900.

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