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Posted Sep 21st, 2011

Securis at AFCOM’s Data Center World Affair

AFCOM’s Data Center World Conference, one of the 50 fastest growing tradeshows in the U.S, was the hot spot last weekend for data center management professionals from around the world. The Data Center World conference is known for offering the exclusive opportunity to learn from the brightest minds in the data center industry,  and Securis was honored to have its very own Executive Vice President of Sales, Dan Mattock, speak at this year’s fall event in Orlando. The weekend-long exhibition took place from September 11, 2011 to September 14, 2011.

The conference began with a keynote speech led by John Patrick, who spoke about the future of the IT and data center industry trending towards servicing the health care industry. Facilitating the ease of communication between doctors and patients (and even their family members), maintenance of medical records, and access to past records are just some ways that data centers could come into play. Patrick mentioned that we have likely only seen roughly 10% of the capabilities of the Internet. There are enormous opportunities for data centers to benefit from the growth and innovation in future cloud health care applications.

Mattock’s presentation, titled “Protect and Defend Your Data Storage Devices”, offered a frightful look at data breach risks and the damages that many companies are having to cope with. In order to educate the audience about ways to prevent these damages, Mattock spoke about effective data handling and disposal best practices. Here are some key points from his presentation:

  • The average cost of a data breach in the U.S. is $214 per compromised record, according to the Ponemon Institute and Symantec Corporation’s recent “Global Cost of a Data Breach” report.  A single hard drive can have thousands, sometimes millions of records.
  • One of the most proactive ways to combat breaches and limit your firm’s liability is to have written policies and employee training for handling and destroying data storage devices.
  • There are 2 options to destroy data: in-house and outsourcing to a trusted third-party vendor. Outsourcing is continuing to grow in popularity as data center managers seek to maintain their focus on their core operations and benefit from the security expertise of trusted vendor partners. Selecting a reputable, trustworthy vendor is imperative as 10% of all data loss is due to insecure disposal of the IT assets.
  • Be aware that compliance and security are not the same thing. The best companies are going above and beyond compliance requirements.

What are YOU doing to protect and defend your data storage devices?

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