Distribute.IT – an example of why you need to back up your data

Don't forget that information security deals with ensuring the confidentiality, availability and integrity of your data. Of these three, availability is often overlooked, probably because systems that support it often come from a different part of budgets that systems that provide the confidentiality and integrity of data. But if you overlook ensuring availability, bad things can happen.

A good example of this is what recently happened to Australian web hosting company and domain registrar Distribute.IT, who actually ended up losing lots of their data in a recent attack on their systems. And because their data wasn't adequately backed up, this meant that their data was gone for good when this happened:

Our Data Recovery teams have been working around the clock in an attempt to recover data from the affected servers shared Servers. At this time, We regret to inform that the data, sites and emails that were hosted on Drought, Hurricane, Blizzard and Cyclone can be considered by all the experts to be unrecoverable. While every effort will be made to continue to gain access to the lost information from those hosting servers, it seems unlikely that any usable data will can be salvaged from these platforms.

Don't let this happen to you. Availability is just as important as confidentiality and integrity.

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