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Fibre based SAN network security myth

InfoGuard : 22 October, 2009  (Technical Article)
InfoGuard details why data loss is a serious risk on Storage Area Networks without network encryption to prevent the tapping of fibre optic lines
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SAN networks are secure and the danger of data loss, manipulation or espionage is overrated.

WRONG: The assumption, that storage area networks are well secured due to the complexity of the FC protocol and the block-based data transmission is wrong. Fatally wrong! Data theft is considered a very real danger by the American Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The tapping of fibre optic lines for the purpose of economic espionage is even considered a common method within many industries.

Companies in sectors like financial, insurance, pharmaceutical, chemical or industry encrypt their daily flow of communication and data exchange for the transmission over public ground. The same can be applied for public administrations and authorities. These measures not only guarantee the integrity, confidentiality and authenticity of highly sensitive information, but also comply with several legal requirements and regulations, including SOX, PCI-DSS and Basel II.

What about their SAN data flow? The mirroring of data is in most of the cases - as a result of this false security assumption - not encrypted. And therefore very vulnerable to eavesdropping or data theft. To prove the fact, InfoGuard teamed up with storage specialist Brocade and demonstrated in front of an impressed audience with ease the life tapping of a SAN infrastructure.

The risk is real and the consequences can be of existential scope! For further information please obtain the white paper from InfoGuard.


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