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Integrated Standards For Storage Security Lacking: Experts

Vendors need to come out with open products that integrate encryption, access control, and auditing.

What's currently missing in storage is an open product that combines all these security components into one. There are a couple of closed systems, such as one offered by EMC's RSA security division, Floyer said.

Earlier this week, EMC rolled out a new line-up of storage systems and software. EMC also introduced a new version of its Enginuity storage-operating environment, which integrates with the RSA EnVision platform for an enterprise-wide view of audit logs for security and compliance.

But security requires open standards and collaboration between systems integrators and vendors to bring to market an integrated product. Floyer concluded, "One vendor cannot provide one solution to the world."

Wikibon expects storage vendors to bring to market a wide range of storage security features like WORM (write once, read many) and encryption for stored data by next year. The new systems will use hyper-firewalls, advanced encryption, and biometrics.

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