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If my Drobo5N gets stolen, is my data protected or do I need encryption?
01-18-2017, 05:42 AM
Post: #1
If my Drobo5N gets stolen, is my data protected or do I need encryption?
Hello forum,

just to get the security things right: How can the Drobo5N be used, if it is (physically) out of my control (e. g. stolen or accesses by a third party with via network cable)?

What do I have to do with respect to data security in this context (physical access by third parties)?

A) Don't bother, it is safe (e. g. password needed to connect)!
B) You'd better use encryption! OR
C) You don't know much about Drobo, do you? Drobo does the following to protect your data: "your text"

Wink

Thanks for your help!
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01-18-2017, 07:05 AM
Post: #2
RE: If my Drobo5N gets stolen, is my data protected or do I need encryption?
The shares you created on the device should have passwords - you did create passwords didn't you Wink

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03-20-2017, 02:48 PM
Post: #3
RE: If my Drobo5N gets stolen, is my data protected or do I need encryption?
I am really interested in understanding this in detail. Let's assume that shares are password protected. What would happen if the thief takes out the disks from my 5N and installs them into a 5N to which s/he has an administrator access?

Would Drobo simply recognizes the disks and give full administrative access my shares to the thief or would Drobo ask for share passwords before making shares available (e.g. for configuration on the dashboard)? Simple enough to experiment, but I don't have the resources to do so. Does anybody know?

This article:

http://support.drobo.com/app/answers/det...http://support.drobo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/274/~/can-i-move-my-disk-pack-(-drives-)-from-one-drobo-storage-device-to-

Seem to suggest that the thief is going to be able to gain full access. Combined with the ability to pinhole-reset the Drobo controller (below), the thief don't even need his/her own unit. S/he could 1) pull out the disks, 2) pinhole-reset the controller and gain administrator access and 3) re-install the disks to get at my data.

http://support.drobo.com/app/answers/det...http://support.drobo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/32/~/how-can-i-clear-all-my-data-off-my-drobo-storage-device-and-sta

Physical security is #1, but what other options do we have to protect against data theft? Is there a bitlocker-like option for 5N?
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03-20-2017, 06:02 PM (This post was last modified: 03-20-2017 06:25 PM by Paul.)
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RE: If my Drobo5N gets stolen, is my data protected or do I need encryption?
hi am not to sure about this, but i would imagine that the best thing will be to encrypt your data first, that way if said thief does gain physical access to steal the unit (or drives and unit), there will at least be a fair amount of time elapsed before any data is possibly accessed by brute force etc, as is the case with any password based protection.

(i still need to set-up my 5n but i think the initial setup will have a public share, so if at least your private shares require passwords, it will probably be good for you to not use the public share for important or sensitive data too)


(funnily-enough, not all thieves are bad... humburglar is classed as a good thief) Smile

(btw i have XP home SP2, a Drobo v1 with 2x 1TB/2x 1.5TB WD greens, & a bkp Drobo v2 with the same + a DroboShare: unused)
& a DroboS v2 with 3xWD15EADS &2x1TB in DDR mode on win7, & a drobo5D (all usb)
  • btw i did a sustained (write) operation for about 6 hours, and got 13.2MB / sec ...objection? "sustained" :)
    (16.7MB/s on a v2 & 47-96MB/s drobo-s)
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