[pcductape] I had to laugh

  • From: "Elaine" <zona01@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "pcductape freelists.org" <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>,<pcductape@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 18:03:31 -0000

I had to laugh when I got this sent from one of my news letters


From: "vnunet.com Security Update" <su_newsletter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <zona01@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2003 3:21 PM
Subject: Security Newsletter - Security foul-ups: a cautionary tale

> When the definitive book of security foul-ups is written it should
> contain an entire chapter called 'For the want of a nail', dedicated
> to those little things that no one ever considers a problem until they
> bring down your system.
> I heard a great example of this over lunch today. A leading UK
> financial institution (I'll spare their blushes) had installed a
> superb business continuity system. Double data centres, continuously
> synchronised data flow, dark fibre cabling and back-up power
> generation ready to go at the flick of a switch. I'll admit that it
> made my fingers itch just hearing about it.
> This company and its service provider ran regular war games to test
> integrity. They even shut the power off at random intervals to test
> the system.
> Yet the system still failed. And the reason why is depressing: it was
> a simple cooling fan failure. This led to a heat build-up that fried
> an entire system. The ensuing 17 hours of downtime cost the company
> £1.1bn in lost trades.
> Achilles had his heel, Clinton had his Lewinsky ... the moral of this
> tale is to make sure there are no nasty surprises lurking in the
> server cabinet.
> Iain Thomson, Security newsletter editor.
> mailto:iain_thomson@xxxxxxxxx
> http://www.vnunet.com

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