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World Backup Day 2021

By Tony Pearson posted Wed March 31, 2021 10:57 AM


Well, once again, it is World Backup Day. March 31 has been designated as a reminder of the importance of taking backups. It was chosen as the day before [April Fool's Day], which is often filled with pranks, that could result in losing information.

World Backup Day
While April Fool's Day has been around for centuries, World Backup Day started 10 years ago, in 2011, and I blogged about it back then in my post [RSA Breach, World Backup Day and the use of Encryption (2011)].

I had a follow-up post, [World Backup Day 2015], which included some infographics.

Last year, we saw the increasing impact of Global Warming and Climate Change, including terrible wildfires, hurricanes, and floods.  This year, we had a cold winter that affected the entire state of Texas and many other nearby states, shutting down electricity and other services.

We also saw an increase in ransomware, where attackers encrypt your data, forcing individuals, companies, and government agencies to make a choice -- pay the ransom or recover your data from backups.  But what if you don't have recent backups?  Of you haven't taken backups in a while?  Or your backups aren't complete?

This year, World Backup Day is particular important to me, as I am [now part of the IBM Spectrum Protect Technical Advisor team] focused on IBM Spectrum Protect, Spectrum Protect Plus, and the rest of the IBM Spectrum Protect family of products.

In my new role, I help customers deploy IBM Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Protect Plus to protect their data.  Often, I am assigned to a customer with the software already deployed, so I review their configuration and suggest improvements.