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    Super Moderator: GMT Zone nihil's Avatar
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    Hello, and Welcome

    Hi folks,

    We now have a new forum to discuss what I think is an often ignored area of the "security" arena.

    This is about how your organisation will survive if the worst happens..........
    fire, flood, tempest and the like.

    Sure, we have become used to the concept of "what if a script kiddie, cyber criminal or business rival cracks our system"

    What happens if a simple fire takes you down?

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    Last edited by nihil; November 14th, 2007 at 09:32 PM.
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    The most common Denial Of Service attack is carried out with a backhoe, as it were... Non technical disasters do occur and do cause a huge loss of productivity and wasted man hours... it seems people rarely think about it until it occurs.
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    If the primary concern is data storage and retrieval (security via encryption and other protocols presumed), back-up storage media (portable and online) are considered critically important.

    The problem is when there are custom applications and online processes that must be immediately installed and should be up and running within a specific period. An hour-long downtime could cost a lot to a large-scale business. Under this condition, a physical back-up site should be prepared for.

    The whole point is contingency and exigency planning and execution. Software-based attacks (to include hacks and all) may have ample "counterprogramming" measures but fire and other force majeure situations do call for extra measures that require substantial investments that have, for all intents and purposes, no return on investment value; just like insurance except that in this regard, it is keeping the business alive and kicking regardless of the circumstances.

    --just a thought...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goitz
    If the primary concern is data storage and retrieval (security via encryption and other protocols presumed), back-up storage media (portable and online) are considered critically important.

    The problem is when there are custom applications and online processes that must be immediately installed and should be up and running within a specific period. An hour-long downtime could cost a lot to a large-scale business. Under this condition, a physical back-up site should be prepared for.
    Absolutely true. The company that I work for (manufacturing industry) uses a custom-developed application based on Pervasive SQL databases. Our IT guy makes backups of current tables, data files, etc. EVERY DAY and takes them off-site and locks them up in fireproof boxes. Downtime is a no-no in our area of manufacturing, and a loss of equipment is bad enough, let alone a loss of equipment AND data. With a 3-day lead time, the loss of 1 of those days means I'm working 14 hours/day for the other 2...best case scenario.

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    "entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity."

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