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Bank of England to set new standards for when IT goes bad

Stuart Halliday

I went to help out my Boss's friends Accountancy business IT.

The company has 15+ staff and turns around £3+ million . OK. not huge. But then they're handling the accounts of thousands of local businesses.

I discovered that their 3 year old Backup system, which consisted of a DAT tape getting backed up every night at 2am, was coming up with "Do you want to overwrite this tap?" window and defaulting to no because no one was around!

The CEO was duly swapping the tape every morning for the last 3 years. But sadly didn't bother to actually check it was working. The set of tapes were full of 3 year old data....

I wish I had taken a picture of the CEO when he went very pale and then very red and sat down as the enormity of what mess his company and his reputation would have been in if his system had fallen over.

All I had to do was add /Y to the backup script line. Two ascii characters that would have costed him £3+ million?

You have to laugh at folks.....

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