Monday, October 15, 2007

All your data are belong to us

The BBC are reporting that Hitachi are predicting a 1 Terabyte laptop drive by 2011.

This is a popular theme of mine of an evening, I reckon it won't be long until consumer storage requirements exceed corporate storage requirements, and the road is paved with wierdness. Pretty soon someone is going to have to face up to the security challenge presented by a disgruntled employee with a terabyte ipod, big enough to steal the whole customer database, not just a few hundreds of credit card numbers. Your big iron isn't big because your data is big, your data is small and getting smaller every day, and someday soon someone will carry it out the building in their shirt pocket.

I reckon it would probably be fairly easy for IT people to do this, even if two or three of them have to collude. Isn't it time we stopped telling people that their data is safe, and started to fix the fact that its really most at risk from disgruntled IT people, before its too late?


Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that by 2011 1 terabyte will not suffice ...

Unknown said...

Most organisations don't have 1T of customer data, and aren't really growing the data they have by large amounts, what *is* growing is the volume of consumer storage of video's, music and photos.
This variant of Parkinson's law "stuff always expands to fit the storage available to it" is going to be upheld by consumer storage requirements, not by huge growth in the data companies hold.

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