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Companies Are Once Again Storing Data on Tape, Just In Case


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To stay up to date in the battle against hackers, some companies are turning to a 1950s technology.

Storing data on tape seems impossibly inconvenient in an age of easy-access cloud computing. But that is the big security advantage of this vintage technology, since hackers have no way to get at the information. The federal government, financial-services firms, health insurers, and other regulated industries still keep tape as a backup to digital records.

Now a range of other companies are returning to tape as hackers get smarter about penetrating defenses — and do much more damage when they do get in.

Rob Pritchard, founder of the Cyber Security Expert consulting firm and associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute think tank, has noticed the steady resurgence of tape as part of best-practice backup strategies.

From The Wall Street Journal
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