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Sensors (Basel). 2010;10(9):8010-27. doi: 10.3390/s100908010. Epub 2010 Aug 27.

Using RFID to enhance security in off-site data storage.

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Department of Computing Engineering, University of Alcala, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain.


Off-site data storage is one of the most widely used strategies in enterprises of all sizes to improve business continuity. In medium-to-large size enterprises, the off-site data storage processes are usually outsourced to specialized providers. However, outsourcing the storage of critical business information assets raises serious security considerations, some of which are usually either disregarded or incorrectly addressed by service providers. This article reviews these security considerations and presents a radio frequency identification (RFID)-based, off-site, data storage management system specifically designed to address security issues. The system relies on a set of security mechanisms or controls that are arranged in security layers or tiers to balance security requirements with usability and costs. The system has been successfully implemented, deployed and put into production. In addition, an experimental comparison with classical bar-code-based systems is provided, demonstrating the system's benefits in terms of efficiency and failure prevention.


Off-site data storage; RFID; security controls

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