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City of Vincent Complies with Western Australia’s State Records Act and Protects against Ransomware with Veeam

AUSTRALIA, 8, FEBRUARY 2022: Veeam Software, the leader in Backup solutions enabling Modern Data Protection, today announced that the City of Vincent, a vibrant and diverse community of nearly 40,000 residents in Perth, has entrusted Veeam Backup & Replication and Focus Networks, a prominent Perth-based IT service provider and Silver Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partner, with protecting and safeguarding government data.

At the heart of every local government is an IT infrastructure comprised of systems that deliver critical services to residents including recordkeeping, financial management and online bill payment. Many of these IT infrastructures are under attack as local governments are besieged by a barrage of cybercrimes that put their data at risk. If ransomware is involved, their financial solvency is at risk too.

The City of Vincent is keenly aware of these risks, so when a state government audit identified limitations that could potentially compromise the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their data, the City acted fast. “Resolving those limitations became a top priority,” said Peter Ferguson, Executive Manager of ICT for the City of Vincent. “The limitations were directly related to off-premises backup and disaster recovery (DR), so our compliance with the State Records Act was at risk too.”

Veeam and Focus Networks helped the City of Vincent resolve each limitation cited in the state government audit report by delivering comprehensive data protection and definitive service level agreements (SLAs) for backup, recovery and retention. Veeam and Focus Networks also facilitate compliance with the State Records Act and the 3-2-1-1-0 Rule (3 different copies of data on 2 different media with 1 copy offsite and 1 copy that is air-gapped, immutable or offline and 0 backup recovery errors). “By shifting the risk and responsibility of data security to Veeam and Focus Networks, we gain an extraordinary level of confidence knowing our IT infrastructure is protected and resilient, and we have more time to focus on providing residents with additional digital services that optimize City services,” Ferguson said.

Veeam backs up and replicates nearly 15 TB across 37 virtual machines on-premises and off-premises. Veeam Cloud Connect, which links the City to Focus Networks’ secure, private cloud in a tier 3 government-approved data center located 10 kilometers away, delivers encrypted backup copies that can be restored quickly if there’s a disaster or a cyberattack. Ferguson said Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 will be deployed next — before the City transitions to the cloud. Why? Veeam eliminates the risk of losing access and control of historical data and protects Office 365 data from accidental deletion, security threats and retention-policy gaps. “Most local governments use Office 365, which increases their security risk significantly,” Ferguson said. “Why not ensure Office 365 data is always protected and accessible? It’s an easy fix with Veeam and Focus Networks.”

Ferguson said Veeam and Focus Networks work well in combination and provide data protection and security. “We have peace of mind knowing our IT environment is strong and healthy. Veeam’s roadmap for the future fuels this confidence. We appreciate their approach to continuous enhancements.”

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About Veeam Software

Veeam is the leader in backup, recovery and data management solutions that deliver Modern Data Protection. The company provides a single platform for Cloud, Virtual, Physical, SaaS and Kubernetes environments. Veeam customers are confident their apps and data are protected from ransomware, disaster and harmful actors and always available with the most simple, flexible, reliable and powerful platform in the industry. Veeam protects over 400,000 customers worldwide, including 81% of the Fortune 500 and 70% of the Global 2,000. Veeam’s global ecosystem includes 35,000+ technology partners, resellers and service providers, and alliance partners and has offices in more than 30 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.veeam.com or follow Veeam on LinkedIn @veeam-software and Twitter @veeam.

About Focus Networks

Focus Networks is and an established Perth-based IT service provider supporting mid-size organizations that want their computer environments professionally managed. Founded in 2001, Focus Networks helps clients increase system stability and reliability, minimize regulatory compliance risks and strengthen business continuity.