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NDSA-INFRASTRUCTURE  February 2012, Week 2

NDSA-INFRASTRUCTURE February 2012, Week 2

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Re: storage topic 1: encryption

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Cory Snavely <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:09:04 -0500

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I mention this only because in the past, the group has had useful 
conversations that were not captured in writing, but in retrospect has 
wished that they were. My suggestion was conditional - "if there is a 
desire to capture and do something with it later".

I'd defer to the folks that initiated the discussion on the potential 
value of capturing it in a form other than an email thread.

On 02/13/2012 12:57 PM, John Spencer wrote:
> I'll be happy to - was that the decision?
>
> If so, apologies for filling up everyone's inbox and I'll move my responses over there.
>
> John
>
> On Feb 13, 2012, at 11:53 AM, Cory Snavely wrote:
>
>> Might folks want to consider putting their responses in the wiki, if there is a desire to capture and do something with it later?
>>
>> On 02/13/2012 12:46 PM, John Spencer wrote:
>>> Andrea,
>>>
>>> I'll have a go at it - not going to get too far "in the weeds", but maybe this will be of some help. Please see my inserts below in your message.
>>>
>>> John
>>>
>>> John Spencer
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>> www.bmschace.com
>>> office 615.385.1251/ fax 615.385.0153
>>> mobile 615.714.1199
>>>
>>> On Feb 13, 2012, at 11:17 AM, Goethals, Andrea wrote:
>>>
>>>> I hope you all don't mind my starting this series off. I think this would work best if we pass the virtual baton around to a different person after each topic. We can queue up a list of topics on the wiki so people know what's coming next.
>>>>
>>>> The first topic is encryption in preservation storage. I am thinking about hardware or software or file encryption primarily imposed by the repository (but whether or not you accept content encrypted by others is also interesting). I am thinking less about encrypting for transport (e.g. https). Say what you want about it but I'll pose some questions to get you thinking about it.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> *         Do you have any opinions on it? What are your reasons for your opinions (gut feelings are OK)?
>>> The majority of the preservation data we deliver to our clients is stored on LTO data tapes - without encryption. We do use WORM capability if the client is OK with it. Our reasons are mainly based on the the assumption that we do not have any control over who can access the tape, now or in the future, and staffing changes might stifle the client's ability to recover the preservation files ("now where did the last person put the list of encryption keys?")
>>>>
>>>> *         What kinds of problems do you think it might create in the future?
>>> See above. We're most concerned that staffing issues combined with object-based vault management infrastructures in place could lead to problems. Certainly not saying that is the best rationale, but it is based on current reality.
>>>>
>>>> *         Do you have any current requirements to do this (laws, policies)? What are the conditions under which you need to encrypt? Do you know of any upcoming requirements for you to do this?
>>> no
>>>>
>>>> *         If you do it what technique(s)/strategies do you use? Do you isolate encrypted content from non-encrypted content?
>>> no answer
>>>>
>>>> *         Do you know of any relevant studies/papers, etc. about this topic?
>>> no answer
>>>>
>>>> Someone proposed that we keep each topic discussion to around 2 weeks so let's see if we've said what we want to by March 2. We can always extend this one since there was no advance notice of the topic.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Andrea
>>>>
>>>> Andrea Goethals
>>>> Digital Preservation and Repository Services Manager
>>>> Harvard Library Office for Information Systems
>>>> [log in to unmask]
>>>> (617) 495-3724
>>>>
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