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Tape Security Trips Up Users

Despite a spate of headline-grabbing incidents involving lost tape, many users are still taking a lax approach to tape security, according to the latest research from DisUK Ltd. (See Disuk Issues Warning .)

The survey of just over 100 companies worldwide revealed that fewer than a quarter actually back up their tape. Only 34 percent of respondents say that their corporate security policy includes encryption, and just 23 percent say encryption is actually taking place.

Despite high-profile storage snafus at Time Warner and Iron Mountain, the tape security message does not appear to be getting through to users. (See A Tale of Lost Tapes and Iron Mountain Keeps Truckin'.)

DisUK, it should be pointed out, is an encryption vendor. And most enterprise customers rightly take a jaundiced view of this sort of sponsored research. But one user thinks the results are accurate and an unfortunate snapshot of the state of tape backup. It’s not sexy, that’s the problem,” says Eric Beasley, senior network administrator at Baker Hill, a systems integrator that specializes in financial services company and is based in Carmel, Ind. ”It’s not something that a lot of people want to spend a lot of time doing.”

DisUK's research painted a slightly rosier backup picture. Daily backups are performed by 74 percent of companies, while 24 percent perform weekly backups, it said.

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