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Next wave in data security Protecting stored info
TUKWILA, Wash. (2/16/09)--Protecting stored information is the next trend in data security, according to several industry analysts. Boeing Employees CU (BECU) in Tukwila, Wash., is at the front of that trend. The $8.474 billion asset credit union used to keep its stored data locked down, using an appliance to encrypt data before it was stored to tape (Computerworld Feb. 9). When BECU upgraded its system, it chose a simpler, more secure option--an application that encrypts tapes in the tape library while the data is "at rest." Now encryption is offered at every layer, Kathryn Antonetti, BECU's information technology systems and security manager, told the publication. The upgrade was less expensive--it eliminated maintenance and training costs for the appliance and other headaches, she said. Many companies, focusing on securing data at rest, are considering advances such as tape drive encryption, tape library encryption and enhancements in the way encryption keys are managed, said the article. Data security breaches cost companies roughly $202 per compromised record, according to the Ponemon Institute, which means more companies will look at protecting data at rest. Three techniques exist for protecting stored data, the article said: Encryption of the storage tapes, desktop-level encryption for data sitting in a desktop computer, and management of data encryption keys held on other vendors' key management systems.

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