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Storage + Security: Now a Major Technology "Sweet Spot"

Storage + Security: Now a Major Technology "Sweet Spot"

Now that storage professionals are obliged to know more about security and security professionals have to know more about storage, Information Storage + Security Journal is coming into its own just as we knew it would. All the articles in ISSJ are written by acknowledged experts in their field to get right to the heart of the storage-security problem matrix.

In a classic synergy of storage and security issues, for example, Winn Schwartau shows us how we can "Sidestep the Data Storage Blues" by ensuring that we sanitize our hard disks, rather than discard hard drives and tapes still containing valuable and private company data, as is still the case in a huge proportion of cases - amazingly enough, even in this age of GLB, SarbOx, HIPAA, and so on.

Symantec's L. D. Weller reminds us in "Best Practices for an Iron-Clad Backup and Recovery Plan" that the only way for businesses to ensure their data is adequately protected is to integrate security technology and policies with regular and effective backup of systems and important data. Weller warns that IT staffs "should take the time to implement and execute various security standards internally, incorporate disk and tape storage, partition hard drives, and plug other lurking holes in their system." If they don't change their priorities to make time, the outcome could be disaster.

Talking of changing priorities, in "Security's White Knight," SecureWave's Dennis Szerszen explains how "whitelisting" - setting a pre-defined list of applications and devices that can reside or function on corporate machines while blocking everything else by default - is replacing blacklisting. Whitelisting, his article shows, is simple, proactive, and lets administrators keep tabs on the scores of file types, devices, and applications that matter to a company's business - rather than the thousands that don't.

John Henze, director of marketing for what Cisco calls its "Caching Services" business unit, writes in detail about a financially effective way to manage an efficient storage infrastructure while ensuring user acceptance and satisfaction. Occasionally, Henze shows us, storage can be the enemy - in security terms - since a distributed storage infrastructure can often leave large amounts of data at risk, which undermines the effectiveness of the entire security infrastructure, so Cisco has worked on a way of letting IT managers give remote users high-speed access to the corporate data center, eliminating the risky local storage.

John Kelly, chair of the SNIA Storage Management Forum Requirements Committee, has written a fantastic breakdown of the benefits of ILM ("Six Steps to Building an ILM Foundation"), and Akbal Singh Karlcut writes about how organizations adopting Voice-, Video- and MultimediaOver-IP stand to reap huge benefits in productivity and cost savings, but are opening up holes in the network security fabric that can put the whole VoIP infrastructure at risk.

In our next issue, we will be bringing on board - as joint editors-in-chief - two noted business leaders. One is a CTO with many years' experience in addressing business challenges with blended IT solutions involving leading-edge database, Web, and hardware systems. The other has acted as chief architect, technologist, and director of several large-scale IT environments. Between them they are well known in the worlds of storage and security, and in their capable hands I haven't the slightest doubt that Information Storage + Security Journal will widen and deepen its coverage of what the industry agrees is a major technology "sweet spot," making it an even more compelling read each issue.

Have a productive and profitable 2005. And please continue letting us know your thoughts and suggestions as to which topics you'd like to see covered in ISSJ. Our e-mail, as ever, is [email protected].

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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