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Zen and the Art of IT Backup - Principle 6

September 12, 2014 Backup

Principle 6 – Security

The apprentice diligently applied security measures about the training temple network system.

He installed firewalls to keep the hackers and crackers out.  He configured virus, spyware, and malware protection to keep his data safe.  The apprentice instituted a strong password policy that mandated complexity, expiration, and enforcement.  He was proud of the substantial security measures he had undertaken.

“Master, my security measures have made our facility all but impenetrable,” the apprentice beamed with pride.  “Truly I have protected our data!”

Later that night during the evening meal, the apprentice picked up his napkin and found a backup tape from the training temple, labeled with yesterday’s date.  The Master had picked up the tape that day while in the training temple, which lay on the table next to the backup device.  A post-it note was affixed to the tape which read: “Sometimes, in life, we insist on focusing on the complicated and technical, while neglecting the mundane and simple.”

Lesson to Learn:  Secure your Backups


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