Data governance strategy

  • January 17, 2006 17 Jan'06

    Data leaks and losses abound

    Whether it was a government Web site exposing sensitive data or a bank losing a tape with 90,000 customers' Social Security numbers, this week there were plenty of data security snafus.

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    Recover data from unreadable CD/DVD-ROMs

    CDs and DVDs don't last forever. If something goes wrong on one of your CDs or DVDs, you'll want to know -- or, better yet, have a way to recover the data. The freeware utility CDCheck performs error-checking on removable media of all kinds, but, ...

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    Worst practices for backup and disaster recovery, part 2

    Worst practices at a company will doom any backup and recovery plan. Here is a list of some of the worst practices that exist at far too many companies.

  • January 04, 2006 04 Jan'06

    Seven trends to expect from virus and worm authors in 2006

    This threat monitor tip outlines seven emerging trends among virus and worm writers, explains why it is important to implement enterprise-wide security measures and provides tools and tactics to defend against them.

  • January 03, 2006 03 Jan'06

    Worst practices for backup and disaster recovery

    Even when network administrators are aware of the need for a solid data backup and recovery plan, too many companies observe worst practices, thereby dooming the plan. Here's a partial list of what they may be doing wrong.

  • January 03, 2006 03 Jan'06

    Don't use backup and restore to distribute database tools

    You may be tempted to use a full backup to distribute database-packaged tools to end users, but contributor Serdar Yegulap advises against it. Find out why in this tip.

  • December 22, 2005 22 Dec'05

    Guidance turns investigative tools on itself

    The forensics software firm says it was compromised by hackers in November. It's just one in a growing list of companies admitting to recent attacks or lax security.

  • December 22, 2005 22 Dec'05

    Lost and found: DHL returns missing data tape

    Two million ABN AMRO Mortgage customers breathe a sigh of relief after a backup tape had been reported missing. Still, customers are urged to check their credit activity.

  • December 15, 2005 15 Dec'05

    Firm ties bonuses to data quality

    With sales, customer records, quality assurance and reporting all relying on the CRM system, one company has tied its bonus structure to data accuracy.

  • December 14, 2005 14 Dec'05

    Expert: Lengthy logs not always a good thing

    Regulatory compliance experts often stress the importance of detailed log keeping. But one legal expert warns too much detail can be used to stifle free speech.

  • December 13, 2005 13 Dec'05

    Privacy expert calls for action on Specter-Leahy bill

    A UCSD professor and expert in privacy and security says that the IT industry should propose alternatives to the Senate's new data privacy act before it's too late.

  • December 07, 2005 07 Dec'05

    Measuring the impact of Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2006

    Microsoft Data Protection Manager optimizes disk-based backup and recovery for Windows Server 2003, but not without performance penalties. Admins will want to measure the load DPM imposes on system resources.

  • November 29, 2005 29 Nov'05

    Privacy experts vexed over bank's missing data mishap

    In the aftermath of a rash of personal information leaks over the past weeks, privacy advocates ask why some backup data isn't being encrypted.

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Tasks you should automate: Backup and archiving

    Backup and archiving should be an automatic task. This tip explains what the vital criteria are so you can choose a tool to automate this process.

  • November 17, 2005 17 Nov'05

    Oracle picks up two ID management firms

    Oracle execs today announced the purchase of two identity management firms, which they say will help the company build a 'hot pluggable' software suite that works well with rival applications.