Person of Interest ft. Bryon Singh, RailWorks Corporation

Person of Interest ft. Bryon Singh, RailWorks Corporation

By Steve Gold
Posted in Security
On March 19, 2024

"Person of Interest," a science fiction television series that aired from 2011 to 2016, centers around a supercomputer known as "The Machine," designed to predict terrorist acts by monitoring and analyzing surveillance data. However, its capabilities extend far beyond its primary function, touching on themes of privacy, artificial intelligence, and the ethical implications of surveillance.

As "The Machine" processes and stores vast amounts of sensitive information, the series showcases the elaborate measures taken to protect this data from various threats, drawing a parallel to the real-world necessity of securing backup and recovery systems.

The security of "The Machine" and its data is paramount. The show illustrates the lengths to which the characters go to protect the integrity and confidentiality of the data, emphasizing the necessity of implementing robust security measures. This mirrors the crucial practice in cybersecurity of ensuring that backup data, serving as a recovery point in case of data loss or corruption, is afforded the same level of protection as the original data.

This safeguard emphasizes the importance of protecting backup data with the same level of security as the original data. It involves implementing measures such as encryption, access controls, and storing backups in secure locations, potentially offsite, to prevent unauthorized access or modification.


  • Ensures Recovery: Protecting backups guarantees the ability to restore systems and data, even if attackers target the backups
  • Compliance: Aligns with industry regulations (e.g., HIPAA, PCI DSS) that often require backup protection
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that the last line of defense is secure provides confidence in times of crisis


  • Complexity: Adding security measures to backup management can increase complexity, especially when using different encryption or access control methods than those for primary data
  • Potential Costs: Secure storage solutions and encryption may result in additional expenses
  • Overconfidence: Strong backup protection must be complemented with other safeguards; it should not be relied upon as the sole failsafe

Here’s a link to the Data Recovery Policy Template provided free of charge from the fine folks at the Center for Internet Security:

Here are some details on this specific Control/Safeguard.  If you want more detail, DM me.

CIS Control 11 – Data Recovery

Establish and maintain data recovery practices sufficient to restore in-scope enterprise assets to a pre-incident and trusted state.

Implementation Group 1

CIS Safeguard 11.3 - Protect Recovery Data

Protect recovery data with equivalent controls to the original data. Reference encryption or data separation, based on requirements.

Steve Gold

Steve Gold

Steve Gold is the Cybersecurity Practice Director at Gotham Technology Group (Gotham). He is responsible for providing the vision and thought leadership to expand Gotham’s legacy of success and build a world-class cybersecurity practice. He works closely with Gotham’s customers, industry partners, and subject matter experts to develop relevant solutions for Gotham’s clients and prospects.

Prior to joining Gotham, Steve worked with the Center for Internet Security (CIS), where he expanded the global reach, revenue, and impact of the CIS Benchmarks, CIS Controls, and CIS Hardened Images. He led the efforts to promote the CIS portfolio of low-cost and no-cost cybersecurity products and services that help private and public organizations stay secure in the connected world. He grew a team of security specialists from 12 to over 40 to assist organizations with implementing security best practices in their continual journey of cybersecurity maturity.

During his more than 20-year career, Steve led teams responsible for developing and implementing technology solutions at some of the industry’s most recognized companies such as Varonis, VMware, Dell & Wyse Technology

Steve is a frequent speaker/moderator at industry conferences and webinars, covering a wide array of information security topics. He resides and works remotely in Baltimore, MD.