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Concerns raised on tape backup methods

Flaws in tape-based data backup may be leaving enterprises without key information and could lead to legal exposure under emerging laws such as Sarbanes-Oxley, say data backup and recovery experts. Tape backups are still widely used to secure critical data from intentional corruption — from a disgruntled employee, for instance — as well as for keeping data stored offline, where it can’t be corrupted should a hacker successfully attack an Internet-connected network. Meta Group predicts tape systems will remain a dominant method of data duplication for at least another four years, despite the fact that it can create additional security headaches, especially if used incorrectly. In a survey of 500 IT departments completed in January, Meta Group found that as many as 20% of routine, nightly backups fail to capture all data. Full Story

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