Data lost in Mantralaya fire can be retrieved, claims cyber expert
NDTV |Press Trust of India | Updated: June 25, 2012 16:55 IST
NAGPUR: In a ray of hope for the Maharashtra secretariat where a large number of computers were damaged in a fire last week, the data from the damaged hard disks can be retrieved through Magnetic Ferrous Microscope (MFM), a cyber forensic expert has claimed.
Even if the hard disk is submerged in water, the data can still be recovered, the expert said. The hard disk should be carefully picked up from the spot, properly packaged into anti-static bags and then forensically examined, the chief executive officer of Intelligent Quotient Security System, Dr Harold D'Costa told PTI.
If the Maharashtra secretariat had established a disaster recovery plan, all the data lost could have been stored on secondary and parallel devices. This would have saved critical data, even if the hard disk were totally burnt, said Mr D'Costa, who is a cyber crime trainer and senior consultant for the Maharashtra and Goa governments.
The secretariat should have initiated steps to avoid such type of disaster by establishing a cold site wherein the data stored in the main server could be stored at another end in real time, may be 100 kms away or in another city.
If the cold site is placed at a far off place, the data is still intact at the other location, the expert who has worked on over 2,000 cases of cyber crime said.
The government should set up an Incident Response Team to develop risk assessment plan and contingency steps for fast recovery of the data, besides setting up a fire proof system and a strong locker room where critical servers are placed.