Choosing a portable drive

Seagate recently launched two portable drives with very different personalities.  Why?  One size no longer fits all.  But which drive is right for you? Seagate FreeAgent Go – a great personal drive.  It’s the thinnest portable drive in the world, with up to 500 GB and a desktop ...

Mobile data security demands mobile encryption

Solving the “data on the loose” problem starts with safer loose data Despite an almost daily cadence of news stories about exposed customer data, most IT departments seem resigned to the fact that their number might be called.  It’s just fate, right?  What are they supposed to ...

How much storage is in your cubicle?

For me it’s 1.2 terabytes In previous posts I’ve added up the storage in my home office and my living room.  Now it’s time to go to work: Laptop: 100 GB Local backup drive: 500 GB Remote backup drive: 320 GB Personal storage: 250 GB Video camera: 40 GB BlackBerry: 64 MB TOTAL: ...

UK data losses spread to prisons

Take the Oops factor out of the security equation with mobile encryption The UK government’s data security woes continue, the latest a misplaced USB stick containing detailed data on 10,000 serious offenders -and all 84,000 prisoners in England.  Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, in charge of ...

Portable RAID from Addonics

A tweaker’s dream toy – but not for everyone Engadget oggles Addonics’ new RAID box today, an awesome tech toy for RAID-to-go.  $99. Interesting comments in the post on how much cooler it would be if it didn’t need an external power suppy.  That’s the trade-off ...

Verity’s Hard Drive Destroyer: do-it-yourself drive crushing

Cool, but encryption is a kindler and gentler way to retire disk drives Blocks and Files highlighted this very physical solution to a data management problem: how to be sure sensitive data on retired disk drives never again sees the light of day.  It’s a do-it-yourself version of ...

Information is the new cash

Treat your customers’ data like money, or suffer the consequences Digital content is the new currency.  Want proof?  Substitute “a pile of cash” for “data” in the following stories: Thieves targeted a security van yesterday and stole confidential data backup tapes. ...

Secret agent storage

Storage performance specs are so last millenium   Going by today’s headlines, storage vendors should add a new spec to their data sheets: hackability. Case in point: yet another theft of reams of customer data, this time in the UK.  Tapes left in a car. Wired Magazine’s Fetish ...

Introducing BlackArmor

Easy add-on sell for secure data on the go Seagate announced its new Maxtor BlackArmor secure portable drive today.  160GB, full AES encryption.  Everything stored on this puppy is automatically encrypted and virtually hack-proof. Seagate’s taken a leading position in truly secure storage ...