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Data Backup, part of the University of Texas Data Security Policy

In order to comply with University policies regarding data security, all University owned computers with the possibility of category 1 data require a backup strategy.  Backups are a business requirement to enable the recovery of data and applications in the case of events such as natural disasters, system disk drive failures, espionage, data entry errors, human error, or systems operations errors.  Beyond the security policy compliance reasons, a good backup practice can save time and money.  Data recovery services can cost in the thousands of dollars and can take weeks.  A good backup can help restore a user's computing environment much faster than if one did not exist.  There are a few methods by which this can be accomplished.


If you have a university owned computer or know of one that is not backed up, please contact the Moody College of Communication Technology Staff  at or 512-471-1199 to make sure it is remedied as soon as possible.

Backup Methods

Backup MacOS using Time Machine.

Backup using UTBackup.

Patron Responsibilities

Technology Services patrons agree to adhere to the university's Acceptable Use Policy and will manage data in responsible manner.   In addition, patrons of College of Communication technology resources will abide by university encryption policies for laptop devices.