Network World's Storage in the Enterprise Newsletter, 02/13/07

Secure storage vendors make nice to RSA
By Deni Connor

The intersection of security and storage is getting a lot of attention these days, especially as the RSA Conference in San Francisco last week reminded users that securing data on their network from intrusion is something they want to do.

Every specialized storage security vendor Ė Decru, NeoScale and EMC Ė made nice to RSA, the security division of EMC.

Decru, a NetApp company, announced a strategic partnership with RSA to develop common standards for enterprise-wide encryption and key management. Decru will be incorporating the RSA Key Manager software into its data protection DataFort appliances.

NeoScale also announced a strategic partnership with RSA for its joint customers. The company will also work with RSA on standards for encryption and key management.

Only Vormetric, a company that makes CoreGuard System appliances that encrypt data at rest, didnít announce anything new at RSA.

Itís nice to see these vendors working toward encryption and key management standards in common, particularly because there have been so many reports of data at risk.

Only EMC, though, stepped up with something tangible at the RSA Conference. It debuted security features in its Enginuity operating system for Symmetrix DMX storage arrays.

The Enginuity OS includes a tamperproof audit log, which canít even be edited or deleted by someone with super admin privileges. It also includes a Security Credential from RSA that requires two forms of passwords to access Enginuity and manage the array. Finally, and the most interesting feature of the announcement is EMCís optional Certified Data Erasure. In the Certified Data Erasure, users are able to employ technology or services that allow the erasing of disk drives in accordance with Department of Defense 5220.22-M guidelines.

EMC Chairman, CEO and President Joe Tucci also outlined EMCís security roadmap in a press conference with RSA Chief Art Coviello.

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