IBM has announced that it will be including data encryption technology on the tape drives it sells into the financial services, healthcare and public sector markets.
The move comes after a number of high-profile tape losses in the US, while data was in transit. Big Blue said the capability supports high volume data encryption of tape data, helping protect information if tape cartridges are lost or stolen.
It said, “Increasing regulatory and compliance requirements are driving the need for data security. Encryption is a powerful and widely used technology that helps protect data from inadvertent or deliberate compromise.”
Data encryption capabilities are now standard on newly ordered IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Drives.
“Encrypting data at tape speed helps to avoid the need for host-based encryption of data, the concurrent drain on host performance, or the use of specialised encryption appliances,” said IBM.
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