Have a Better Backup Plan Than This One

Secure your computer's data with appropriate backup plansThe whole U.S., it seems, has been watching a local story unfolding here in Ohio about Jessie Davis. She’s the pregnant woman whose boyfriend now has been charged with murder.

But there’s another local story getting national and even international attention — in tech circles. That’s the story of how an Ohio government computer tape was stolen from a summer intern’s car. The tape contained sensitive personal and financial information about 64,000 state employees and an undisclosed number of taxpayers, along with much much more data.

Unfortunately, these stories about lost data are becoming all too common. What makes this particular story so notable is that apparently state officials said the summer intern’s possession of the tape was a standard practice for data backup.


Yes, that’s right. To back up data, the state would send a tape home with someone on a rotating basis. That was the backup plan.

So now the state has shelled out $700,000 to pay for identity theft protection for state employees and potentially others whose data appeared on the tape. It would have cost a fraction of that to store backups in a secure backup location in the first place.

Let’s hope you have a better backup plan for your business’s data.

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.