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Baltimore Email, Other Systems Still Offline from May 7 Ransomware Attack
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5/22/2019 | 3:47:45 PM
Cities on a tight budget
Many have said that towns and civic government in general are on the bare bones side of an IT budget, so they lack the fancy dan products available in the industry.  I say BAH, HUMBUG.  One cannot ignore the basics of the trade and shame to IT professionals who do not advocate for and act upon backup strategy and restore strategy.  It is not ransomware that can destroy - a failed server, a failed hard drive set can be just as bad and require as much time to fix.  Desktop imaging is a mature technology now.  Anybody hear at base of something called GHOST?  It works in a pinch.  Standard images for systems should exist somewhere and  be backed up.  These are not fancy things folks!   They are dead dumb basic and any IT department or staffer should advocate for them or not be in the industry.  At the least backup CRITICAL DATA by itself.  It can be done and is done.  I remember Iron Mountain taking out our backup tapes on September 10, 2001.  Oh yeah, that was a good thing.  1 day late the data center on 103rd floor was gone.   Backups are as old as the IT industry is.  Woe betide our profession if we do not obey the most basic rules of them all, and the oldest. 


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