Risks in taking tape backups home in the car rather than moving them securely to secure storage

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How can I convince a client that taking tapes home in the car is risky, even if they are encrpted?

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Gather together and show him photos of car wrecks that resulted in car fires. That should help! – Throw in a couple of house fire and flood pics to boot. Find one with the house floating downstream and the cow on the roof :-)

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  • CharlieBrowne
    Ask the client if there is someone there 24/7/365 in case you need to restore something off a backup tape. Does everyone in the house know where they are located? Does their home owner's insurance cover them in case of fire or theft?
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  • carlosdl
    Encrypting the tapes will ensure nobody else can see/use the data in them, but it will not protect them from being lost or damaged.
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  • Labnuke99
    Also environmental conditions in the vehicle - moisture, heat, cold.
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  • Denny Cherry
    Those "secure" trucks and "secure" facilities loose tapes all the time. They can get into car wrecks just as easily as a car can.
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  • c007
    Try to stole the backup tapes in his car, then the next day when he looks for his backup tape -its gone already. Then you show to him that you stole that and the data is already extracted. -Then he will convince for sure! *Also tell your client to read the internet information about tape backup and security.
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  • Spadasoe
    Any compliance standard you need to support? It would probably be in violation of your HIPAA, SAS, PCI, etc if tapes were not secured properly
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  • Davidmichel
    How about the idea of his being potentialy personally responsible and possibly financialy liable for the value of lost data should something happen.
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  • philpl1jb
    Would your clients name be bernie madoff??? Is it really wise to work for a person who has to ask this question?
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