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The headline reads, “Oops! Computer tech wipes out info on $38B fund.” Yeah, talk about an oops alright. But then on top of the tech wiping the original and backup drives, the department obviously didn’t have good procedures in place to verify the integrity of their backup tapes since they found them to be unreadable. ACK!!

“According to department staff, they now have a proven and regularly tested backup and restore procedure.” I bet they do! That’s one hard learned lesson. Departments all over the land simply backup their data day in and day out, without ever checking the integrity of those backups other then what the backup program spits out.

The lesson here (Disaster Recovery (DR) 101) is that it’s not the backup that’s important, it’s the restoration.

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