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Content posted in April 2011
Schwartz On Security: Smile, Your Smartphone Is Watching
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
In the wake of revelations that Apple devices have been insecurely storing and transmitting location data, it's time for enterprise IT managers to begin spying as well.
Kind Of A Mess
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Internet needs an infrastructure that enables back ends and users to communicate with each other using better authentication--and allows any number of authentication technologies to sign into it
A Not-So Targeted Targeted Attack
Commentary  |  4/25/2011  | 
RSA was likely among several targets associated with a broader campaign that was designed to seek out industrial secrets
What's Good About iPhone's Location Tracking
Commentary  |  4/22/2011  | 
The iPhone tracking disclosure this week showcases an unfortunate tendency for device manufacturers to focus excessively on their needs and forget those of their users
So What If iPhones Spy User Locations
Commentary  |  4/22/2011  | 
The iPhone keeps track on its owner's whereabouts, but without that crucial location data, many services that help make the smartphone so popular wouldn't function.
Forget Tape Vs. Disk, Use Them Together
Commentary  |  4/21/2011  | 
Tape is ideal for third tier backup data and the cost per GB, performance, and reliability make it an ideal compliment to disk backup.
How To Sort Through Enterprise Mobility Challenges
Commentary  |  4/20/2011  | 
Mobility is demanding the attention of IT. Whether it's building a scalable wireless infrastructure, or supporting the newest smartphone or tablet, the choices are daunting. Interop's wireless and mobility conference track can help sort out these challenges.
Architect Your Databases Against Data Breaches
Commentary  |  4/19/2011  | 
If you haven't considered data architecture to help protect your data, now is as good a time as any. Your business and even your job may depend on it.
Dark Reading Launches Cloud Security Tech Center
Commentary  |  4/18/2011  | 
New subsite will focus on news and analysis of security issues in public and private cloud environments
Android Unsafe At Any Price
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
Google's approach of offering little support to vendors that deploy the OS is worrisome, among other things
Can Archive Replace Backup?
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
Everyone should know the difference between backup and archive yet many data centers still use their backup application as their archive product.
Schwartz On Security: Piracy Equals Market Failure
Commentary  |  4/14/2011  | 
Legal actions to prevent or punish movie, music, and software piracy may be harmful to innovation as well as ineffective.
Locking Down Database Files In The Cloud
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
Database encryption in the cloud is not ready for prime time.
Securing Databases In The Cloud: Part 4
Commentary  |  4/7/2011  | 
What kind of data do you have, and how do you want to protect it?
RSA Breach Disclosure: It's Not About You
Commentary  |  4/7/2011  | 
Unless you're an RSA customer, you don't need to know more details about the hack
Schwartz On Security: Secure Coding Or Bust
Commentary  |  4/6/2011  | 
Companies must embrace secure development techniques to stem the surge of attacks targeting Web application vulnerabilities.
IT GRC, ESIM Vendors Dig In For War
Commentary  |  4/5/2011  | 
With no sign of the two technologies combining into one, where does that leave the buyer?
The Passive Primary Storage Tier
Commentary  |  4/4/2011  | 
Primary storage, especially the storage that supports file based data, is challenging to deal with. In most environments file based data, data created by office productivity and rich media applications can number in the double digit TB's, can bring backup applications to a crawl and cause countless retention issues. The challenge is that 80% or more of this data had an active life span of a month but can't be deleted "just in case". What is needed is to create a passive tier of primary stora
The Public Key Infrastructure Under Siege
Commentary  |  4/4/2011  | 
The abuse of certificates in the Stuxnet and Comodo attacks should come as no surprise given the flawed trust model
Data Storage Vs. Information Management
Commentary  |  4/1/2011  | 
A recent reader response to my State of Storage 2011 report got me thinking about the difference between data and information, or, more generally between technology itself and the ways we creatively use it to solve problems. State of Storage, as these annual reviews are wont to do, focused on trends in storage technology. My correspondent, however, called me for not discussing informati
Dealing With Peak Storage I/O
Commentary  |  4/1/2011  | 
A peak in storage I/O occurs when an application suddenly has a spike of I/O requests to and from the storage device. Prior to virtualization we sized servers that applications ran on and the storage infrastructure that those servers used specifically for those peak times. This means that most of the time those servers sat idle. Thanks to virtualization, we can't size hosts to handle the load if all its VMs peaked.


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