An advert from Byte magazine dating from July 1980 proudly offers a 10MB hard disk drive for only US$3495. Accounting for the effects of inflation, that equates to approximately US$10,000 in today’s prices. If data storage prices had remained constant, this would mean that the 1GB flash drive in my pocket would cost in excess of US$1,000,000, with possibly a price premium for small size and portability. In fact, it cost me about US$10, evidence of the continuing drop in the price of electronic storage media in terms of price by stored byte. The amount of storage that can be acquired for a given cost has roughly doubled every 14 months since 1980 . There is nothing to suggest that this trend won’t continue for the foreseeable future. We can look forward to larger and larger data storage devices at cheaper cost. But what are the implications of this trend for security professionals? Read More »
You could be putting your company at risk by disposing of old data and storage media improperly.
At some point, all data must be destroyed. If you’re replacing outdated computers, servers, or storage media, like tapes, then you need to purge all the business data that currently exists on those devices. Also, there’s some data you need to wipe after a certain period of time so your company remains compliant with federal privacy legislation. When you want to destroy data, you need to go beyond simply dragging a folder on your desktop to the trash can.
A network-attached storage device that offers both onsite and online backup frees up resources and can help minimize risk.
When you think of storage, you may not associate it with improving your business’s performance. However, if you’re talking about network-attached storage (NAS), that’s exactly what the right solution can do. Protecting your data and providing employees with fast access to files can save your company both time and money. Even more important, if disaster strikes, a NAS solution that offers both onsite and online backup can help keep your company in business.
You’re out on a relaxing evening at a public place. Maybe you’re having dinner with your family, or maybe you’re having drinks with some coworkers after a long day. As you’re reaching for your wallet, your heart suddenly drops into your stomach as you notice that your wallet is not there. You pat your pockets or check your purse and subject yourself to looking in ridiculous places, but your wallet is nowhere to be found. Your driver’s license, credit cards, insurance ID, all of the data that’s crucial to your life is suddenly gone from you.
These days, investing in reliable data storage is a necessity for most small businesses. Your electronic data is growing fast, and protecting this data is important to business continuity. Many of you may also be subject to regulatory requirements for protecting customer and financial information.