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6 Common Misconceptions About the Protection of Backup Tapes

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Executive Summary

Every time there is a reported incident of a company losing backup tapes, the standard response given by the press office seems to go along the lines of "Because the system is proprietary one can't read data from the tapes without very expensive hardware and software technology, and a similar host environment." This essentially says to the affected customers whose data was on the tapes that they need not worry about it. What's the reality behind this statement? It portrays the company as taking all steps reasonably possible to protect the sensitive information contained on the "Lost media." It also has the hand wringing affect of "What else could one has been expected to do." But is this a reasonable response?

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