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Data never dies – how to protect yourself

tomorrow-never-diesThe data security topic has been a hot one for what seems like years.

Today, SMBs have to consider data security practices like backup and compliance as well as physical security to protect your business from stolen laptops or even worse –  “smash and grab” thieves that make off with your servers and storage.

In addition to drive theft, you need to consider security for decommissioned drives.  In most cases, drives that are decommissioned still hold valuable company data on them. Just because a drive is no longer in use doesn’t mean it’s no longer worth potentially millions.

Data can live on the platters of a drive for a very long time, and today’s data recovery services are capable of retrieving data from nearly any drive, no matter the condition it’s in.

There are resources available to physically destroy the drive, or 3rd party software that may claim to fully erase the drive, but both comes with added expense to your business.

One way to protect your drives’ data when it’s in your hands, or someone else’s is with Self-encrypting Drive (SED) technology, and what’s even better is that its automatic and completely invisible to the day to day operations of your business and is an available option for all enterprise SAS drives from drive makers like  Seagate.

What you need is a compatible controller that can harness the drive’s TCG compliant encryption intelligence.  LSI is the first to offer this on their SAS controllers, and they even have a very helpful whitepaper and video that explains more.

Check it out and protect yourself from data immortality.

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