Storage Expo emphasis on data protection and security

storageexpo.gifI had a good day yesterday at the Storage Expo in London. It’s not an event I would usually have considered attending however there was a heavy emphasis on data storage solutions geared towards meeting regulatory, data protection, recovery and forensics requirements, so as it turns out it was very relevant indeed.

Dr Guy Bunker of Symantec gave an interesting presentation on the theme of Data Loss Prevention – relevant in light of Symantec’s recent acquisition of DLP solution developer, Vontu. I’m still undecided on the value of DLP. I think that like many security products it’s probably easy to run a pilot and find lots of problems that the product provides a solution for but, as with for instance web vulnerability scanning tools, the results you see rarely represent the full scope of the issues. Just my opinion though. Let me know if you feel differently.

I also enjoyed the presentation from Mimecast describing their SaaS data archiving solution. While obviously a biaised view, the point made by James Blake that there is a world of difference in terms of reliability and understanding of business needs between consumer focused and enterprise focused SaaS service providers is a valid one.

Lastly, Ian Masters of Double-Take Software gave an interesting show on disaster recovery for virtualised environments. I’d recommend taking a look.

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You might not see the value in DLP because most vendors can not accurately stop the data from leaving the network; therefore, one would have to agree with you. The sales pitch of these vendors is to monitor and change behavior. Well that sounds good, but in reality does not really work. If you can get a tool which can monitor and block data with pinpoint accuracy, you would have a different opinion on the value of DLP. That being said, our implementation of the GTB Inspector brought us immediate value. It actually "Blocked" secured data from leaving the network multiple times.
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I heard there is another event call Infosecurity, what is the differences between Storage Expo and Infosecurity? Is Storage-expo focuses more on hardware? Do you guys know? Thanks!