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Automatic Air-Gap

Post by ARHT » Dec 12, 2018 9:30 pm

I have been pondering Gostev's idea of having a PC auto start/stop to completely isolate it from potential attack, and along those lines have a plan that seems too simple to be true so I thought I'd toss it in this forum for 'peer review'.

I have a simple set-up in that we're a small organisation but operate 24hrs with around 40 staff active at any one time. I have three different backup routines and a true air-gap drive that contains two of those methods (Veeam and Imaging) that come off-site with me daily.

The third method is replication of our host to a location across town. Other than being a disaster-recovery component this remote host serves no other purpose, with all replicated VM's remaining powered-off.

So it strikes me that the easiest way to isolate this host is to have a wifi power adapter (on a totally separate network) power off and on the switch that connects it to the primary network. These things are a dime-a-dozen and can be controlled from your mobile or on a schedule. No worries about dirty shutdowns or having to create a process to do a graceful shutdown - just power-off the switch! This could equally apply to a back-up PC or SAN etc.

I know with won't satisfy all scenarios, but am I missing something here? It just seems too easy!

Cheers, Jeff.

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Re: Automatic Air-Gap

Post by Gostev » Dec 12, 2018 10:33 pm

That is a great idea indeed, as this effectively pulls a network cable from the DR server = the ultimate air gap :D

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Re: Automatic Air-Gap

Post by nickcasa3 » Jul 06, 2019 3:22 am

Came across this, really good cheap fast solution, however if you setup a schedule to turn it off and on, what if the backups runs over the scheduled period or something? my off site copy job usually finishes in about 6 hours or so. curious if anyone else has a concern like mine, ty.

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Re: Automatic Air-Gap

Post by Steve-nIP » Jul 08, 2019 8:13 am

That's actually a really nice solution.

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Re: Automatic Air-Gap

Post by nitramd » Jul 08, 2019 1:44 pm


It seems that scripting might be of use for your scenario, i.e. a script to check if the copy job is still running - you could extend this to check to see if any job is still running before shutting down.

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