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Network Security Issue

By H. Morgan ·
Greetings all.
My boss gave me the is request this morning:

I do not want the servers online during the following times:
Holidays
Weekends
After 5 pm

I gave him the following solutions:
1. Continue business as-is, with increased security awareness and staff training.
2. Purchase backup software to allow real-time backup of data on servers. *
3. Stop backups – Turn servers off at required times.**

* Purchase of new backup software will enable real-time backup of files but will create convoluted process for acquiring quarterly and annual backups. Also access to backup data will not be straight forward, it will be a lengthy process. Requires the software to access backups, versus just mounting the drive.
** No server data backup – inability to restore corrupted/lost data more than 3 days old: no archive data

NOTE: To achieve network security -- network equipment must be shutdown (Firewall/Switches/comcast modem), Server do not require shutdown.

Does anyone have any other ideas on how to achieve what he is requesting? Am I way off in my recommendations?
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You've given me yet another story about "Why no backups?"

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Network Security Issue

I won't dwell on the backup issues as the boss seems to think what they have is OK.

There are probably many ways to shut the server down on a schedule but it's something your mid-tier IT staffer should be able to handle. Remember this is not a set and forget item as holidays and more come and go so this is something the IT staffer adds to their weekly, monthly task list to schedule the outage system.

Remember that the server details are not here. So I can't guess if some schedule to stop/start services is good enough.

There are hardware boxes to schedule power on/off.
Example: https://www.netio-products.com/en/glossary/scheduler
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Re: network security issue

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to Network Security Issue

Unless your backup is to the cloud, it seems to me that all you have to do is to turn off the equipment (modem) that connects your network to the world outside the company office. Then all internal processes, like backup, can continue as they do now and there can be no interfering with anything from outside.

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