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RE: Definition of 'Geographically independent' in terms of offsite backup storage
From: "David Gillett" <gillettdavid () fhda edu>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2006 15:15:12 -0800

  Fireproof vaults aren't.  They're rated for how many hours
a given kind of media can survive in them while a fire rages
outside, and it's typically in the single digits.  Better than
nothing, but not as good as a 9-mile separation.
  Of course, 90 miles is probably better, depending on the
local geography.  (90 miles along the same major fault line 
or same hurricane-prone coastline is probably insufficient.)

David Gillett


-----Original Message-----
From: WereTiger [mailto:weretiger () weretiger ca] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 1:22 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Definition of 'Geographically independent' in terms 
of offsite backup storage

In looking over the policies of a contract I’ve been put on, 
the critical stress has been put on data security and 
retention.  They currently use offsite storage by swapping 
tapes between their two buildings which are only 15km (9 miles) apart.

Is that enough?
How is that any safer than a good fireproof vault?

-WereTiger



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