US 9,811,425 B1
Linking dynamic computer data protection to an external state
Donald Kleinschnitz, Sandy, UT (US); and Val Arbon, Orem, UT (US)
Assigned to Veritas Technologies LLC, Mountain View, CA (US)
Filed by Symantec Corporation, Mountain View, CA (US)
Filed on Jan. 6, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/590,825.
Application 14/590,825 is a continuation of application No. 10/934,615, filed on Sep. 2, 2004, granted, now 8,959,058.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G06F 17/30 (2006.01); G06F 11/14 (2006.01); G06F 11/34 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 11/1461 (2013.01) [G06F 11/3409 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A computer-implemented method of managing a backup system on a first computer, the method comprising the steps of:
monitoring via a network, by a data backup manager on the first computer, a distress state level of an external source that is distinct from the backup system on the first computer that backs up data stored on the first computer, the distress state level of the external source monitored by the data backup manager based on a notification received from the external source, wherein the external source is executed on a second computer that is distinct from the first computer that includes the data backup manager, the second computer does not back up the data stored on the first computer;
noting, by the data backup manager on the first computer, a change to the distress state level of the external source indicating a security threat at the external source based on the monitored distress state level of the external source;
automatically adjusting, by the data backup manager on the first computer, a backup schedule of the backup system on the first computer based on the noted change to the external distress state level of the external source indicating the security threat at the external source, wherein the adjusting the backup schedule comprises adjusting an amount of content on the first computer to back up based on the noted change to the external distress state level of the external source; and
performing, by the data backup manager on the first computer, a backup of the data stored on the first computer according to the adjusted backup schedule.