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Harvard Steps Up to Data Protection

BOSTON -- StorageWorld -- From dealing with thousands of online attacks a day to overseeing a major storage and disaster recovery overhaul, John Halamka, CIO of Harvard Medical School has his hands full.

"Harvard and Harvard Medical school are attacked every seven seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week," he explained, during his keynote speech here today, adding that the bulk of the attacks come from Eastern Europe. "It is a constant battle -- we have to innovate faster than the hackers," he added.

The exec also prompted laughter from the audience when explaining that he also has to cope with online attacks from eastern Cambridge, home of MIT. "Give these guys more homework or something!" he quipped.

As well the usual slew of intrusion prevention and detection systems, Halamka explained that he has had to go an extra mile to secure the medical school's systems. "We have locked down our environment -- ninety-plus percent of all our devices are 'ten-dot addressed' at this point," he said.

"Ten-dot addressing" is a method of adding additional binary code to an IP address, making it more difficult for hackers to access internal systems.

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