Stolen Backup Drive

By cmeisinger ·
I had a smash and grab from my car last week and one of the items stolen was a 500GB drive we use to backup our server data nightly. On it was our backup using Symantec Backup Exec 11 and we backup our 2008 file server, a 2003 application server, 2003 SQL server, and 2003 Exchange Server. We backup to a Maxtor III 500GB drive and I was wondering what kind of security or default encryption may be used with that backup. We're wondering how secure (if at all) that data is. Any help is much appreciated.


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Suggest you contact the vender

by markp24 In reply to Stolen Backup Drive


I suggest you get that information form the backup vender, they would have the best answer to this question for you.

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Backup Exec 11 has an encryption OPTION

by robo_dev In reply to Stolen Backup Drive

The first thing to look at is if the backup application is configured to encrypt the data or not. If you do have it enabled, then you have no worries.

The second thing I would do is to make a backup to another drive and simply look at what data you can see by browsing the drive with a Windows or Linux PC.

If the backups are contained in a proprietary binary file, I would doubt that most criminals would take the time to install/configure an instance of BackupExec just to possibly view your data. Assuming that the theft was a random act, and not a targeted attack, then there may be some security-through-obscurity.

Marketing by Symantec:
"Organizations are increasingly focusing on the security of the data they are backing up or moving off-site for long-term protection or disaster recovery purposes.

Symantec Backup Exec 11d provides 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryption to protect data when it is being backed up. Data can either be encrypted at the client-side to ensure protection when moving across a corporate network, or when copied from a disk-based backup to tape media."

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Your other security problem:

by seanferd In reply to Stolen Backup Drive

Why would you keep this backup drive in your car? Why would you not know if the data is encrypted?

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by robo_dev In reply to Your other security probl ...

Or maybe the OP is the guy who smashed the window

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