YATL: Yet Another Tape Loss

Another week another story about lost backup tapes.
The Washington Post reports that a Time Warner backup tape containing information on 600,000 current and former employees was lost during transport by their data storage company, Iron Mountain.
I’m sure that most of these stories about missing tapes are a result of poor procedures and record keeping and that the tapes aren’t in the hands of a data thief. I just don’t think its a good idea to take that risk anymore. Backup administrators should demand that their backup software include encryption with appropriate key management.