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Storage and Backup / Long-Term Archiving

Storage and Backup / Long-Term Archiving

Please watch the video with Hendrik first and then answer his questions in the comments. You can find the argumentation help on the question why backups are important in the download section.


Below you will find three different scenarios to illustrate the importance of backups and highlight some important aspects when planning a backup strategy. What could have been done to prevent data loss? Post your answer in the commentary and discuss one of the solutions of your peer learners.

  1. “Fire destroys leading research institute“: On 30 October 2005 a fire broke out at the University of Southampton in the early hours of the morning. A leading computer science research unit was destroyed. It is estimated that the fire caused 50 million pounds of damage. A spokesman said it was where some of the world’s most advanced research was conducted and its loss was devastating. Source: BBC News. Online available:
  2. “Encryption Trojan“: In 2016, more and more encryption Trojans (also known as ransomware) were sent by e-mail (as office attachments, JavaScript files, packed in zip files). These Trojans encrypt the data of the affected device and demand a ransom for decryption or release. Approximately 5,000 computers were infected per hour with variants of the Ransomware Locky. Among the victims was also the Fraunhofer Institute in Bayreuth. Source: heise Online. Online available:
  3. “Lost bag“:
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