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Tech Guide: Storage Security Best Practices

Tech GuideThe Storage Networking Industry Association's Storage Security Industry Forum, a trade group devoted to promoting good security techniques, has put together a list of recommended best practices for companies attempting to get a handle on securing networked storage. The association's Web site is at www.snia.org/home .

Its suggestions include:

  • Identify all interfaces to your storage network.
  • Create a separate, secure infrastructure for management and control interfaces to the storage network.
  • Protect data both when it's moving and at rest.
  • Define storage zones containing the smallest possible number of components.

  • Use all available local area network security tools such as IPSec and virtual LANs.
  • Restrict access to infrastructure configuration functions, specifically to all unused ports.
  • Configure switches so unused ports must be enabled before use.
  • Install software and firmware only from authorized sources, and don't accept firmware upgrades via the storage-network interfaces.
  • Always change default passwords before equipment is connected to a production storage network and ensure that strong pass- words are used.
  • Keep in mind that management ports don't use encryption.
  • Return to main story, How Secure Is Your SAN?

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