The Alaskan Department of Revenue has just learned the hard way that your backups are only as good as your restores.
A report by AP that was picked up Woonsocket Call, a local paper in Rhode Island, says the department wiped out a disk drive containing information on an account worth $38 billion. But worse still, when it turned to the backup tapes to recover the data, it was unreadable.
P.S: Not every backup issue can be avoided but there are resources to help. Here’s one if you have time: a free seminar that’s coming to a city near you this year.