Starting from scratch [Backups Explained]

    Date16 Jan 2001
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Of all people, security experts are the most likely to keep their own systems backed up, and verify that the backups haven't been overwritten, right? Wrong, says Carole Fennelly. In this week's Unix Security, Carole reveals how complacency caused her to . . . Of all people, security experts are the most likely to keep their own systems backed up, and verify that the backups haven't been overwritten, right? Wrong, says Carole Fennelly. In this week's Unix Security, Carole reveals how complacency caused her to lose her home directory and email, and shows you how you can prevent the same thing from happening to you.

    A head crash on my mail and home directory server destroyed all data on the disk. Backups? Sure, everyone does backups. How many people verify that the backup tapes are actually good? I do, at least when someone is paying me. I learned the value of this years ago, when a site where I worked discovered that the 6250 DPI tape backups were unreadable. My own systems? Er ... well, there wasn't going to be a user screaming at me, so it didn't seem that important.

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