So you think your firm is safe? So you think your law firm is safe? Patsy T. Epperson Firm safety is about more than your personal office security. Although this is a very important issue, there is another factor which probably does not immediately come to mind. How safe is your data?According to the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, 93 percent of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster and 50 percent of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy.A fire in your building could totally destroy not only your physical files but your computer systems and electronic data as well. Without adequate backups stored offsite or in a fire resistant safe, how would your firm survive? Manual reconstruction of every case, every file, every pleading could be a financial disaster.Fires and flooding are not the only causes of data loss. A hardware or system malfunction is the leading cause of data loss claiming 44 percent. The second leading cause, at 32 percent, is human error with software failures coming in third at 14 percent. Viruses fall a distant fourth at 7 percent. Viruses have caused their share of damage, that’s for certain. And although this can be irritating and requires down time to clean up, it normally doesn’t cause true damage. However, some virus strains, and several worms, will reformat a local disk. The anti-virus software companies, such as Symantec, Trend Micro, and, McAfee work hard to stay on top of the “newest” viruses, which come out almost daily.Software failures can take many forms. For example, a corrupted file that can not be opened can be caused by the failure of a software program such as Word or WordPerfect. However a computer that will not boot-up or freezes and will not respond may be experiencing failure of the operating system. If this is an individual PC then the data lost would be anything saved on that specific hard drive and in some instances, it can be recovered. A software failure on a server however is a much bigger issue. Here, a solid backup system is mandatory and saves your office from disaster.So how do you protect your firm? A huge step forward is to backup your digitized information, either to a tape, a CD/DVD or an external hard drive. But don’t store these backups in a file cabinet or desk — either remove the backup from the premises or store it in a fire proof lock box. With an appropriate backup scheme you should never hear your office administrator say to you, “Our server just crashed and we lost everything. But it’s worse, the last good backup we have is from December 2003.” That means reconstruct everything from January 1, 2004 forward.While you never want to hear those words at all, wouldn’t you rather be told, “Our server just crashed, we lost everything. But the good news is, our backups are in great condition and we can restore everything through last night.”What can make the difference between the bad news and the good news? The following list provides some examples of what can cause problems even if you are running backups every night.• Damaged/broken media.• Overwritten data.• Media errors.• Incomplete backups.• Reformatted/erased media.• Malicious damage.• Flood/fire damage.A backup is only good if you can restore the information from it. The backup scheme will not be complete if you are not certain your media is good and the backup jobs are running correctly. This requires a test restoration and should be done on a regular basis.To condense this to four major points:• Set a schedule for backups. Daily, weekly, and monthly backups will give you the most protection and make certain they take place on this schedule without fail. The nightly backup should include a verification procedure to confirm the integrity of the backup.• Store backup media off-site. And even better, make certain that the off-site location is a safe place, that the media is in a fire proof container and out of danger of flood.• Replace your media annually. This is more important than most people realize. Media wears out and can develop bad sectors — a bad or damaged tape, CD or external hard drive will not produce an acceptable data restoration. But don’t go strictly by one year. Watch you backup reports. If the media shows bad sectors replace it immediately, regardless of the age.• Last but not least, test that your data can be restored. If it can’t be restored, it is of no use to you.Sometimes a test restoration is the only way to determine if there is a problem with your backups.Take the time to review your backup scheme. If it falls short, then do whatever it takes to implement a good backup system. It can’t be better said than the quote from the CIO Magazine. . . “Data is a valuable corporate asset and should be managed as such, like cash, facilities, or any other corporate asset.”Patsy T. Epperson is a client relationship consultant with Aegis Computer Services, Inc., and is a former legal assistant. She can be reached at (850) 422-2661 or [email protected] August 15, 2004 Regular News
New Delhi: January 31 will be remembered as the day God wept. It was a day when India suffered a heartbreaking defeat. Sachin Tendulkar, battling back spasms, scored a brilliant century to put India on the cusp of a famous win against Pakistan in Chennai. However, his dismissal triggered a disastrous collapse which saw them lose the match in stunning fashion. So shocked was Tendulkar that he wept in the dressing room. So broken was Tendulkar that he did not even collect his Man of the Match trophy. It was on this day, 20 years ago, that India and Pakistan played out a classic Test in Chennai. The match will be remembered for Tendulkar’s ultimate heartbreak and for the way Chennai’s fans showed their sporting spirit by clapping the effort of Pakistan’s cricketers. January 31, 1999 witnessed the dramatic end of the Chennai Test between India and Pakistan.Pakistan visited India for a Test series after 12 years and there was immense pressure on their arrival. There were protests by political groups who threatened to derail the series at any cost, the pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla was dug up and there were sections of the Indian public who did not want Pakistan to tour India due to the continued tension over the Kashmir issue. In this volatile atmosphere, Pakistan played their first Test in Chennai and they chose to bat. A fine 53 from Mohammad Yousuf (then Yousuf Youhanna) and Moin Khan (60) helped Pakistan to 238 all out. Anil Kumble was the star with 6/70 in 24.5 overs.India responded with solid fifties from Rahul Dravid (53) and Mohammad Azharuddin (54) as India managed to take a slender 16-run lead. Saqlain Mushtaq was the pick of the bowlers with 5/94 off 32 overs and he had gotten rid of Tendulkar for a five-ball duck. With the pitch beginning to crumble, Pakistan required a special effort and they got it in the form of Shahid Afridi, the 17-year-old who was playing his second Test. Afridi blasted 21 fours and three sixes and he was given good support from Inzamam-ul-Haq (51) as Pakistan looked to build a big total. Venkatesh Prasad, though, had other ideas and he ran through the Pakistan batting to finish with 6/33 as Pakistan lost six wickets for 11 runs to be bowled out for 286. This left India chasing 271 on a tricky wicket. Pakistan were playing a Test in India after 12 years.The Feroz Shah Kotla was the venue for the 1st Test but it was dug up by a political group.Saqlain Mushtaq took 10 wickets as Pakistan won the Chennai Test by 12 runs. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. With Wasim Akram and Saqlain at the peak of their powers, India found the going incredibly hard. At 82/5, the game seemed over but Tendulkar, who was battling back spasms, shared a wonderful partnership with Nayan Mongia who scored a gutsy 52. Every run they scored increased pressure on Pakistan. Mongia was battling fever while Tendulkar’s back pain increased. Akram was also nursing his injured groin. However, like warriors, they battled on. Along the way, Tendulkar was dropped by Moin off Saqlain. The momentum was with India.Pakistan found relief when Mongia fell for 52 but Tendulkar carried on and scored a brave century. At 254/6, the game seemed to be up. On 136, the game-changing moment occurred. Saqlain bowled a flighted doosra and Tendulkar miscued the lofted shot to mid-off and Wasim Akram took the catch. Tendulkar was out for 136 and India still needed 17 runs. In a sensational collapse, Saqlain and Akram ran through the lower order and India lost the match by 12 runs.The celebrations in the Pakistan camp were delirious. The fans in Chepauk were in shock and the Indian team was distraught. Pakistan started the victory lap and what the world witnessed showed the power of sport. The entire Chepauk crowd stood and gave a standing ovation to the Pakistan team as they were on their victory lap. The one moment summed up how effective sports can be in eliminating diplomatic tensions.The magic of Chepauk would be replicated in Delhi in the following Test with Anil Kumble becoming only the second bowler to take the Perfect 10, joining Jim Laker as the two-Test series ended 1-1. However, 20 years ago, the cricketing world had seen a classic in Chennai and it had all the elements to make it one of the all-time great Tests.