When you’re down, but not out
Matt Danswan

Matt Danswan

Some five weeks ago, our company’s server was hit with a massive attack. One site was attacked, then another, then another, as the attack filtered through our entire network.

I was away at a conference right as it happened. This was an event I was really looking forward to being at. Not only was I going to learn a whole lot, but I was going to spend a few days away on my own, sitting and spending time with God and working on future directions. There’s nothing like getting away from the hustle and bustle to do your planning.

That idea went out the window as I spent the entire time on the phone and email back at my hotel room working with our team and server company to work out what had happened. I tried to go to the conference, but kept finding myself leaving the room to respond to the deluge of emails surrounding this crisis.

This took us a full month to get to the bottom of, and what was a total attack on our operations has ended up being a massive blessing. We inherited this server from another company we were doing business with back when we were a publishing house and only dabbling in digital media, and the bottom line was that the server was not up to the requirements of what we now needed.

Sadly the server company did not have the requirements we needed, so we had to move the entire network to a new company, sorting out infected files, missing databases, and so on along the way.

I said to my wife that I liken this to someone being stuck in a bad relationship, but realizing it would be so painful to move out of it that they just settle for the what they know. That was how it was for us. I knew this server wasn’t right now we were more and more a digital company, but I also knew that moving close to 50 websites was going to be an exhaustive task and horrenendously painful.

So what was an out and out attack on our operation has turned into a blessing. The new server we have now, has the security and management we need to be able to keep charging ahead. Take that devil.

The stress has been enormous, as we knew we were off air, yet we didn’t have one ‘megaphone’ to be able to alert our site users globally of what was going on. The thing I take away from this is that, yet again, what the devil tries to destroy, God can use for good. I have seen this over and over in what we do. Every time we are attacked, it forces us to re-strategize and come back with a smarter plan.

The enemy’s attacks simply mean that we cannot let the grass grow under our feet. We need to be one step ahead at all times. However I thank God for the scripture that “all things work together for good for those who love God and have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

So we are back and more fired up than ever to take the kingdom forward via quality Christian media!

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