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Storage Security Market Heats Up

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The storage security market has been heating up as of late, spurred by high-profile data breaches and growing congressional interest in the issue.

Several vendors have come to market in recent weeks with new security offerings, and this time the vendors aren’t just standalone storage security plays like Decru, NeoScale, Vormetric and Kasten Chase.

Here are some of the new storage security offerings, most of which center around data encryption:

  • Sun Microsystem’s new enterprise class tape drive offerings include encryption, and Iron Mountain has made encryption a priority since April.
  • Atempo recently unveiled Time Navigator Security and Compliance Manager, a new storage security solution integrating multiple layers of security technologies to protect in flight and at rest digital information, securing it against eavesdropping, tampering and impersonation.
  • Intelligent switch vendor MaXXan Systems has added high speed, data at rest encryption support to its MXV Series of Secure Storage Application Platforms, targeted at enterprise users who need to encrypt data across tape or disk SANs.
  • Asigra has added Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption to its Televaulting for WAN agentless distributed backup and recovery software for network computing.

Those are just some of the vendors getting involved in the new security push, with more to come. Not to be outdone, standalone vendors such as NeoScale Systems and Decru (acquired by Network Appliance) are beefing up their own offerings.

NeoScale announced that the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certificate #583 to NeoScale’s CryptoStor FC, the first storage security appliance to achieve that certification level, which encompasses the entire system from the physical and logical integrity of individual hardware components to the operating system and system-level functionality such as user access control and key management.

And NetApp recently began pushing its “Uncompromised Security Initiative,” pledging to deliver military-grade security solutions for enterprises that require no tradeoffs in speed and availability.

The moves come as Congress prepares to take action on data privacy — and as numerous studies show that companies still don’t get it.

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