When Storage Meets Security

by Sohini Bagchi    Sep 09, 2005

Security and the availability of information are the two growing concerns in the enterprise circle today. Following a rash of high-profile data security breaches, companies are demanding that implementing security be made more simple. This is driving the CIO community worldwide to go for solutions that bundle security with storage.

In an exclusive with CXOtoday, Vishal Dhupar, the newly appointed MD of Symantec India, commented on why it has become imperative to integrate storage management and security management technologies.

“Today’s enterprise wants resilient, highly available data storage systems that are also secure in order to meet the challenges of securing and managing information. Given the criticality of the situation, analysts agree that security and storage technology go well together,” said Dhupar.

“Earlier, majority of stored data was probably unencrypted because up until very recently, data stored on backup tapes wasn’t something anyone wanted given the fact that sensitive data or information was not necessarily stored digitally,” he continued.

However, Dhupar feels that today, security is in the top three on the priority list of every major IT head in an organization, so does storage, which no enterprises can afford to ignore, with the burgeoning amount of data, organizations are forced to invest regularly on storage-related hardware and software.

“This brings about an information integrity strategy that integrates enterprise e-mail security with archiving and policy-driven storage management,” he said.

Organizations across verticals, such as financial services, health care and government, are under increasing pressure to demonstrate active retention and supervision of their email traffic and well as maintaining an effective backup. “Only an integrated solution help resolve the challenges faced by CIOs in their bid to manage storage effectively, an update on latest technologies and insight into how companies can ensure security and storage of data at a reasonable cost,” he said.

Giving the recent example of the disaster in Mumbai followed by the July flood, and the loss it suffered due to poor disaster recovery measures, Dhupar suggested, the need of the hour is also to make CIOs aware of the security practices to help ensure the availability of storage networks by reducing common security threats.

As more and more businesses are increasingly dependent on technology, the role of the CIO is undergoing a paradigm shift. Since technology is ever-changing they are forced to find ways and means to keep themselves abreast of the latest applications.

In this scenario, enterprises have to collate both security and management information through a single process, and centralize the information on an integrated management console, Dhupar strongly felt.

And so when the news of Symantec-Veritas merger broke, most CIOs from across verticals viewed this acquisition as a step up for the enterprise community. As Dhupar sees it, the addition of Veritas brings together a strong player in security software with an equally key player in storage software. The consolidation, he said, offers flexibility and meets the challenges of securing and managing an irreplaceable business asset -information.

Symantec (as the name is retained as of now) is providing its customers with a broad range of storage and security solutions at every tier of the enterprise.

Outlining the road ahead for the storage-security market, Dhupar stated, “The bottom line is that enterprises today are looking forward at maintaining a single vendor that can meet their security and storage needs and help reduce the complexity and cost of managing their IT infrastructures.”