We do a backup to another building, and (when I can get encryption sorted) I will have one at home. This is written into our backup policy, and when we got the disk-to-disk and I suggested that a backup elsewhere on site might be sufficient, SLT told me they would prefer I continue to take them home.
Doing something with a nearby school could be an option, although the security-conscious among you will still worry about the risk of losing it during transport.
I also have a disk backup of my home PCs in school, but that's another story :-)
Trust. Confidence. And now no balls?? I think you've laid into the OP quite unnecessarily with your criticisms thus far.
Perhaps you'd care to enlighten the rest of us as to the wording of a) your job description which makes you responsible for something out of contracted hours, and b) the policy you have in place which covers said property whilst in your possession.
It's no wonder you are shouting off about men being men if you have a nice little policy covering your backside. Seems to me, the OP is being asked to take something home/off-site gratis and wants some protection, protection which you already have but belittle him for for questioning his responsibilities and asking for the same.
So, you would it be a fairly accurate summary to suggest you have 'balls' because a) you are contractually obligated to take the stuff home and b) have a policy in place for all eventualities?
Last edited by theeldergeek; 8th February 2010 at 11:26 PM.
alan-d (9th February 2010)
That is to say, you are happy to take the data off site, but if it gets nicked, then it is not down to you, as opposed to you leaving it on the bus on the way home, which you would accept as your responsibility.
Clarification of your responsibility as you see it were a policy in place would be useful.
Just a thought - but why do we need to keep it in a fireproof safe when it is at home? The server isn't in a fire-proof safe in school, nor is the NAS box, so why does the off-site backup need to be?
Technically not onsite, but as good as.
My opinion is that if a thief or thieves are going to steal things from the school, they are going to hit rooms with high value goods in.
If you do decide to backup to a NAS that is somewhere inconspicuously positioned somewhere else onsite, that's as good as taking it off site.
At the end of the day, if a techie is walking to his car with a briefcase full of tapes, there is an element of risk such as mugging (for example).
If the NAS drive is in a locked cupboard where the cleaners equipment is (mop, brush, loo rolls) in a completely separate building, the likelihood of it getting nicked is vastly reduced.
I follow this through at home. I have NAS drives in a cupboard in one part of the house, and a NAS drive onto which the data is duplicated in another part of the house.
Admittedly, you then have things like fire or flood to deal with, but when it's different buildings the former is less likely to be a problem, and the latter, well, make sure the drive is on an upper level somewhere.
Last edited by theeldergeek; 8th February 2010 at 11:39 PM.
Just because it hasn't happened, doesn't mean it won't.
I can't help reading you harping on about how harmless it is to take tapes home, yet you seemingly have both a contract and policy in place to cover your ar$e.
Try taking the viewpoint of someone who is being asked to take the data off site without that protection in place.
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