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Group Calls for Security Shakeup

Users should keep their eyes peeled for potential security breaches, implement rigorous backups, and lock down data center access if they want to keep systems secure. These are some of the key storage warnings from TRUSTe, which unveiled its latest set of security guidelines today.

The non-profit organization, which was set up to tackle Internet security and privacy, is calling on firms to identify gaps in their storage procedures. This, according to Cathy Bump, TRUSTes vice president of policy, means developing internal systems to nail all possible threats.

“Employees need to understand that a lost disk, for example, is a potential security threat,” she explains. “Even if the disk was lost and found, that still points to a flaw in your safeguards.”

Sound far-fetched? Hardly. Last year the Los Alamos National Lab, which is at the forefront of the U.S.’s nuclear research, was thrown into turmoil when two disks containing classified information were reported missing, prompting a massive overhaul of its procedures. (See Los Alamos Launches Monitoring System and Los Alamos Searches for Lost Media.)

TRUSTe urges users to think seriously about how they back up their data. This, according to the guidelines, should include checks on current access controls, to find out who is getting hold of what. Users should make sure they review and test their backup processes, and if necessary, redesign them.

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