When you hear the word “storage,” what typically comes to mind? Likely NAS, SANs, DAS, data centers and so on, right? Well, there’s another component to storage that tends to get overlooked…at least in the context of oversight, security, and compliance. That is: mobile storage. From smartphones to external hard drives to iPads and beyond, there’s easily as much storage capacity on your business’s mobile systems as there is in the traditional storage environment. That’s a big deal.
So how are you keeping that storage environment under wraps? Management will often proclaim,“We have a policy against placing sensitive information on mobile devices,” and go on to say, “We trust our users to do the right thing.” This is all fine and dandy on paper but in reality, there’s a lot of risk any given business is bearing due to unprotected – or underprotected – mobile storage. If I were a betting man – and I am – I’d venture to say that 95% of all storage-related risks is in your user’s hands, literally.
Keep this in mind when securing your storage systems; there’s a big payoff to be had if you do. Otherwise, when someone – such as a business partner, auditor, regulator, or opposing legal counsel – asks you if your storage environment is secure, what can you truthfully say?
For further reading, check out the pieces I’ve written for TechTarget on mobile storage security.