I was struck by a quote from Richard Branson talking about the recent fire that destroyed his house on his Caribbean Island.
Talking about the loss of records that went up in the inferno he says:“……Running a business, we have a meticulous computer backup system so I’d assumed all that was completely safe. But it turns out the backup was also in the house. Everything ……is lost”.
On so many levels, I was astounded when I read this. If a sophisticated business man like Richard Branson can make the fundamental error of having the backup of his data in the same place as the data itself then what hope is there for the rest of us. And yet I speak to so many people who do just this. Yes they back up the data but no they don’t always take it off premise. And those who do don’t check to see that the backup can be restored …. and it is a principal rule of chance that the time that you really need to restore your data, the backup won’t work.