6 Common Misconceptions about Compromised Backup Tapes
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Overview: Every time there is a reported incident of a company losing backup tapes, the standard response given by the press office seems to go along the lines of "Because our system is proprietary you can't read data from the tapes without very expensive hardware and software technology, and a similar host environment." This essentially says to the affected customers whose data was on the tapes that they need not worry about it.
What's the reality behind this statement? It portrays the company as taking all steps reasonably possible to protect the sensitive information contained on the "lost media." It also has the hand wringing affect of "what else could we have been expected to do." But is this a reasonable response?
This article demonstrates that these statements are unrealistic and unacceptable and show a complete lack of understanding of the security implications. We go on to explain the common misconceptions regarding compromised backup tapes and the reality of the risks involved.