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Is Tape Encryption the Answer for Data Security?

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 4:22pm
Laura Loredo, Product Marketing Manager, Nearline Storage, Hewlett Packard; Craig Butler, Senior Program Manager, Data Protection and Retention Systems, IBM; and Yan Yan Liang, Segment Marketing Manager, Quantum Corporation

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Q: As more medical devices collect patient data, what measures are being taken to secure the information and safeguard privacy?

Laura Loredo

Medical professionals can agree that protecting patient information is one of their top priorities. Patients put a lot of trust into their healthcare providers to maintain that their information is never lost or stolen, and providers are subject to rigorous standards, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). As more and more medical devices are collecting patient data, the need to safeguard privacy and secure information has increased. Data storage managers are turning more to tape encryption, which allows them to ensure effective security for sensitive data.

Today, storage professionals in the medical industry are archiving patient data to LTO Craig Butlertapes as a means to secure patient data offline. Beginning with the fourth generation of LTO, these tapes (which hold nearly 2.5TB of compressed data for LTO-6) come equipped with an encryption algorithm that ensures that your patients’ data is secure. Encrypting data helps protect patient information from many types of compromise, and by storing it offline, you remove potential exposure to malware or corruption.

The medical industry will always have the need to protect patient information. With an encrypted tape-based solution, storage professionals and patients alike can take comfort in knowing that their information is safe and secure. Yan Yan Liang

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