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The Year in Insecurity

2005 was a big year for storage and security -- between February and October, more than 50 million Americans had their personal information compromised, many from highly-publicized losses of unencrypted tape. Customers are now in the front line of a war to lock down as much corporate data as possible. (See Storage & Security: Marriage or Mismatch?, Data Security: None of Your Business? and Biz Continuity Not Always a Disaster.)

But, despite attempts to build encryption into storage products, CIOs have faced some real security curve-balls over the last 12 months, even the U.S government is getting nervous about protecting its masses of data. (See Ridge Issues Security Challenge.) So now, with 2005 winding to a close, what better time to time to chew over some of the key security trends of the year?

No. 5: Comply Or Die

IT managers and -- more importantly -- their bosses could be forgiven for viewing 2005 as a watershed year for regulatory compliance, and they enter 2006 under increasing pressure to lock down their data. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may have extended Sarbanes-Oxley deadlines for certain firms, but CIOs are now finding state legislatures breathing down their necks with a slew of new data privacy laws. (See SEC Extends Sarbanes Compliance and IDC: 'Users, Do Your Homework'.) Stiff penalties await those who fail to comply. Users, it seems, have still got more than enough on their plates when it comes to compliance. (See AMR Sees $6B in SOX Spending.)

Compliance stories from 2005 include:

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