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Jun 16 2010   6:52AM GMT

Using drive health as a reminder to perform backups?

Kevin Beaver Kevin Beaver Profile: Kevin Beaver

Acronis has a pretty neat—and free—tool called Drive Monitor that’s worth checking out. The premise of the program—”to increase customer awareness about the health of their disk drives and to encourage them to back up their data in order to survive a disk failure”—struck a chord when I saw the offer. It seems a little backwards, but I believe the Acronis folks have taken a good approach.

It’s true—many people tend not to take backups seriously unless or until it appears that something bad is about to happen. I’ve seen a lot of businesses banking on the reliability and up time of critical drives and storage systems while ignoring the maintenance and oversight such systems require. This mindset is directly related to the common information privacy and security excuses you hear from management such as:

  • “We don’t have anything the bad guys would want.”
  • “We have a firewall, encryption, and anti-virus, so we’re good.”
  • “Our auditor told us we’re in compliance with the important federal regulations.”

I don’t know which is the more primitive of information security controls—using strong passwords or backing up data—but it’s really interesting how many businesses overlook both.

The way I see it is at least vendors such as Acronis see the need and are offering preventative tools to keep bad things from happening. Sure, we can’t force data backups on others but at least there are resources for those looking for a solution.

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