On Friday night, an Metrofile office in Pinetown burnt down. From the newspaper report it seems that it was Metrofile Pinetown head office that burnt down. On the scale of it, I would have read it and left it behind, but what was concerning is the fact, that no mention of the Metrofile office fire was communicated on Metrofile website or that it was carried by News24 or ITWeb. This is puzzling, surely if Metrofile adhered to Business Continuity practices it would have been communicated as per practice, but no, there was no mention of a fire and ITWeb and Metrofile failed to report it on their web sites.
What got me going was the one sentence out of the article “The JSE-listed Metrofile company stores more than 21 billion records across the country, and millions were lost in this fire, the second at the facility in six years.”. Now this is serious, two fires in 6 years and how much information was lost. Surely this is a big event, I mean how safe is your data. That is the question that need attention. From the offset, with South Africa being on tender hooks with upcoming elections and unemployment rate of 26% officially, you need to ask yourself, is Business Continuity in place and is my data safe. For instance, yesterday Limpopo residents went on the rampage and burned their local municipal offices, did they have Business Continuity and is their data safe. Only time would tell.
Further down in the newspaper article, I found another red flag “According to Metrofile’s website, the building razed by the fire was the main base of operations in the province, and offered image processing, data back-up and archive storage. A staff member said the facility housed 80 percent of preserved documents in KZN.”. So do you think your data is safe, 80% of data.
South Africa Business Continuity (Disaster Recovery) have decided to follow the British standard of using the BCI Good Practice Guide as the most implemented standard to use. As you will notice it is a Good Practice Guide and follows certain standards, in the world there is a Business Continuity standard and it is called ISO22301 Business Continuity. In ISO22301 it does not follow a guide but has Risk management, check and balances to ensure that Business Continuity is adhered too. ISO ensures that Lead Auditor’s are part of the check and balances and that the clients are able to certify on ISO22301. The big question is does SABS have ISO22301 certification available. The answer is an astounding NO. In this time of the information age would you not agree that proper Business Continuity with checks and balances are brought into the South African economy and that SABS and the companies implement a ISO standard of Business Continuity.
I realize that when an economy suffers, Business Continuity takes a back seat as it is costly, but it does ensure that your company is able to continue business as usual. The question you need to ask, is my company data safe and am I confident that Business Continuity follows rules and not guidelines.
Based on article http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/arson-suspected-in-metrofile-fire-1.1591157#.Ul5GS1CVOcA
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