The storage network is now of the utmost importance to any enterprise; not
only does it hold essential data, the lifeblood of any organization, it also
provides the capacity for running business-critical applications and services.
Unfortunately, this makes the storage network a potential target for malicious
attacks from outside the organization and also renders it vulnerable to accidental
damage from within the company.
Storage security has never been more important than at the present time, when
business and regulatory compliance demand confidential data security. Yet while
a majority companies acknowledge that regulatory issues are an important driver
in their storage investment, the issues that result from security breaches,
such as financial loss and brand damage, can be just as serious as receiving
a fine or legal action for non-compliance.
A carefully planned and well-executed security strategy throughout the enterprise
is essential, so what should companies take into consideration to reduce the
risk of data corruption and loss?
Don't assume your data is secure
It is a common belief amongst business and technical personnel alike that because
the storage network exists far from the many entry points and is not on an Internet
Protocol (IP) network, that it doesn't need additional security. This assumption
is often what makes the storage network the weak link in the security chain.
While your average employee may have little idea of how the storage environment
operates or how to access key data, a malicious attacker will often take advantage
of this attitude to the storage environment. Securing, hardening and frequently
monitoring the storage system is crucial to prevent unauthorized individuals
obtaining and potentially misusing valuable data.
Ensure your technical team understands the storage network
Storage networks are often looked upon as simple systems that merely provide
data storage. This can lead to misconfiguration of the system making it vulnerable
to accidental security breaches. Those in charge of the storage network need
to understand how to secure all parts of the environment in order to prevent
this. In a small or mid-sized business a lack of technical knowledge or training
can result in perfectly adequate equipment operating without proper protection
because one element has been left unsecured.