-Originating Author: Fred Moore
Expect the visionary storage vendors to deliver a wide range of storage security functionality including features like WORM and encryption for stored data. Not only will these systems focus on the perimeter by using technologies like hyper-firewalls and access controls such as user identification and authentication (eventually employing biometrics), but they will also begin to secure the data itself. These advancements will make the data security business one of the largest and fastest growing sectors by 2008. Intrusion prevention systems must soon reach bullet-proof status and be built with a mainframe mentality. Getting all the way there, however, remains a difficult and yet over-arching goal for the storage solution providers and all are adding significantly to their data protection offerings.
Action Item: Action Item: Storage vendors will increasingly attempt to lead in the data security business as a natural extension of existing franchises. Users should evaluate solutions not only on their ability to 'protect the castle' but also on other techniques to protect the king when he's beyond the walls.