[ISN] Data Security Going Underground

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Date: Tue Sep 15 1998 - 02:52:06 PDT

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    Data Security Going Underground
    Wired News Report
    1:00pm  14.Sep.98.PDT
    One company serious about data security has bought an abandoned nuclear
    bunker in southern England, where it is offering to store important
    corporate data on secure servers 300 feet underground. 
    London-based A.L. Digital recently purchased a former military
    communications facility. The bunker was built to withstand the electronic
    magnetic pulse of a nuclear attack. The company claims the location is
    also impervious to electronic eavesdropping. 
    "There are similar facilities outside of the UK," said Adam Laurie, A.L. 
    Digital's director, which bought the bunker from the British army. "But
    with all the reports of industrial espionage, British companies are not
    very comfortable with housing their data offshore." 
    The company is no stranger to security. It developed a security plug-in
    for the open-source Apache server, which is the most widely used Web
    server on the Internet. The Apache-SSL software lets companies add strong
    (128-bit)  encryption to Apache servers. 
    The center has been set up to cater to companies wanting to house their
    most critical data in a safe environment. While there is a growing
    awareness of securing data from Internet-based attacks, companies often
    overlook basic physical security. 
    "In many cases all one has to do to get at corporate servers is sneak past
    the front desk and break into a locked room," said Laurie. 
    Will individuals use the facility to store their data? Probably not,
    according to Laurie. Pricing starts at US$20,000-25,000 per server. 
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