Encrypted Backups

  • From: Robyn <robyn.sands@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Oracle-L Freelists <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 14:42:51 -0400

Hello all,

The recent news about lost backup tapes has got me wondering about backup 
safety and encrypted backups in particular. Does anybody on the list have an 
interesting method for protecting the data that is written to tape and sent 
off-site? A friend sent me this link to the January article in Oracle 
magazine that discusses 10g release news:


The article references improvements in the backup tools and Transparent Data 
Encryption and he was wondering if RMAN encrypted data as it was sent to 
tape. I did a little research and have found discussions about backup agents 
that might perform the server, but then there's the issue of whether those 
agents will work with RMAN. 

I suppose one approach would be to encrypt the database and then the backup 
would be encrypted as well. However, most of our data doesn't really merit 
continual encryption, until the off-site backup issue raises it's 
news-worthy head.

Anyone have an approach they can share? Is there any discussion at Oracle 
about encrypting data as it's backed up by RMAN? Is it being done already in 
some release/installation and I've missed the discussion? 


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