On the importance of backups

This story at Security Awareness for Ma, Pa and the Corporate Clueless offers insight into the value or good backups and the importance of testing everything that affects the backup routine.

A Toronto advertising firm had a really good systems administrator who was religious about backup. For years, they had been in good shape. He even tested the restore/recovery process from time to time as part of their disaster planning. Smart.
As part of their growth, the ad firm moved into new larger facilities a few blocks away. The architects coordinated with the techs to make sure wires were put in the right place, phones, VoIP, 1Gig backbone… all the stuff modern companies have when they do things right.

Then, the company moved. All the typical stuff that happens during a move happened. Testing was done on everything that was moved. All was good.

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