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In the last few years there have been many headlines about high-profile incidents of lost or stolen backup tapes. Despite increasing attention to security, backup procedures are often neglected in overall security policies. The main reason for that discrepancy is that, historically, backup and security have had almost opposite goals. Security procedures often require strong access control to user's data. Backup software, however, is optimized to simplify recovery, sometimes to a different platform or different location and often by someone other than the original owner of the data. Using the example of the most popular open source backup and recovery software, Amanda Enterprise, they will review best practices for ensuring security of backup data.
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