39 seconds. What’s it? Of course, a relatively short period of time. This is the interval between cyberattacks on various companies in the world today, taking into account the more than 300% increase in such actions on a global scale since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic…


The world statistics for countries are somewhat different, but the essence remains the same: backups are still given quite little attention. According to the experience of IT specialists, the management of the vast majority of companies relate to backup (rather, not even to it, but to the associated costs for it, such as paying for employees ‘ time, buying storage facilities that meet security requirements, and so on) rather, as an unavoidable evil, rather than as an urgent necessity.



As a result, such an attitude, when the financing of procedures and the allocation of time for specialists to create and maintain up – to-date systems of information reserves is made on a residual basis-it is not surprising that someone decided to take advantage of such pathetic results of the state of backups in their own interests.

Every day in the world, hundreds of thousands of hard drives fail, and the number of lost or stolen smartphones reaches about 70 million a year: do you think all the data on them is backed up?


Of course, in recent years, an increasing number of people are concerned about both maintaining the confidentiality of their data and ensuring their safety – therefore, cloud storage systems are gaining momentum, although they are not without some disadvantages in terms of relatively simple access to information by qualified specialists – they go on about users who do not want to spend their time organizing the same two-factor authentication when registering an account; however, this is not a panacea: there is also the encryption of the archive-this is for the confidence of the most demanding users…

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In addition, such a standard technical regulation, known as “backup backups” (on periodically connected non-volatile media) – is already completely beyond the understanding of financiers, since they operate in their activities with phenomena that occur with varying degrees of probability: for example, the probability of HDD failure is 0.1% per year, if a mirror RAID array works – the probability of failure of two devices at once is reduced by thousands of times (especially simultaneous failure)…


However, they do not take into account the infrastructure factor at all: that is, they mean the operation of a corporate network with tens of thousands of HDDs in its structure, which includes not only computers and servers of the company, but also all related components in the network, and storing information on a medium is not everything (which is only the restoration of arrays, testing and selection of suitable media for replacement-only technical specialists know).


In addition, the concept of dividing eggs into different baskets for some reason is very often completely ignored – and why do we need to store the same backups on different cloud services, pay for communication channels for such amounts of data, and many other similar questions.


But none of the IT specialists asks economists why the revenue is sent to the bank first, they are not interested in it – neither the cost of maintaining accounts, nor cashing out, nor the cost of transfers-although these amounts are quite comparable (the cost of banking services and IT infrastructure backups).


It is gratifying that the situation is beginning to change – as it is sad to realize, in most cases-only thanks to cyberattacks with encryption of all data, including backups, located in the corporate network, if there is no second level of reserve…

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