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Vendors Descend on Los Alamos

Closure of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Friday, following a major security breach, has storage networking vendors on the horn selflessly offering their help in this time of national emergency.

The lab, which is managed by the University of California under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, is still trying to find "removeable media" containing classified weapons secrets that went missing earlier this month (see Los Alamos Leak Scrutinized).

Separately, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a government watchdog group, issued an "unconfirmed investigative lead" on Sunday that claims personnel at Los Alamos sent classified information over the labs' unclassified and unprotected email network at least 17 times in recent months.

At least one industry source says storage vendors have taken all this as an opportunity to knock on Los Alamos's door with proposed solutions for tighter security. "All the big storage companies and their partners are approaching the lab," says the source, who asked not to be identified. "Being the vendor who guards the country's nuclear secrets would be something desirable."

A small but growing roster of firms specializes in SAN security, including Decru Inc., NeoScale Systems Inc., and Vormetric Inc.

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