The emergence of SAN technology combined with data protection, privacy, and regulatory concerns has made storage security an important topic. SAN security risks are often misunderstood and/or underestimated. Furthermore, the critical issues associated with SANs, combined with the lack of communication concerning defenses, has created a security gap in storage.

The purpose of this chapter is to discuss Fibre Channel SAN security risks. Each risk will be described and then fully discussed to allow organizations to make decisions based on their SAN data, its implementation, and the organization’s risk-tolerance level.

Reproduced from the book Securing Storage: A Practical Guide to SAN and NAS Security. Copyright © 2006 Pearson Education, Addison-Wesley Professional. All rights reserved. This chapter is reproduced with permission from Addison-Wesley.