The last session of the first day was on ‘Protecting Your Software Investment’. The description of the session follows:
“Patching, Security (Internal and External) , Speed of Access, Disaster Preparedness, Data Recovery, Backup Options”
I’m a sucker for anything related to disaster recovery and security, so no matter how badly I really wanted to leave so I could go home and pass out in a Nyquil induced haze, I forced myself to attend. I was graciously rewarded with fountains of knowledge. While there was 75 minutes set aside for the presentation, it was drawn out to a painful 24 minutes.
- patching: only apply if necessary, so, uh, if not necessary, don’t apply
- security: use some antivirus product
- speed of access: if things are slow, upgrade to gigabit
- disaster preparedness: have a disaster recovery plan (described as, “a list of things to do to recover in case of disaster”)
- data recovery: make backups
- backup options: not discussed
There was no discussion of how to patch, how to determine what constitutes a necessary patch, example DR plans, backup rotations, etc.
Ok, I need to let it go. It was only two days of my life gone to pot.