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[ISN] Cloud services as part of a BC/DR plan after a terror attack
By Gregory Machler
July 11, 2011
I was talking to a friend about data security over lunch today and we
discussed 'dirty bombs' and a what-if scenario for small-and-medium
If there was a catastrophe like a dirty bomb, many of the affected
small-and-medium-sized businesses would go out of business. Many large
businesses, like banks or healthcare firms, have extensive disaster
recovery plans. A large terrorist attack would lead to many problems,
but they could scramble services to various data centers around the
country and select new suppliers to keep them running.
But, for example, I have a good friend that has a small business selling
performance shoes. He markets the shoes in a geographic location within
our metro that doesn't have many close competitors. A dirty bomb would
have a disastrous effect on him. If he physically survives, he would
have the following problems: Would his supply chain be intact? He could
be disconnected from his suppliers and the outside world.
His phone and internet access come over a cable line which must be
working in order to track product orders via emails with suppliers. The
EMP (electromagnetic pulse) from the bomb could destroy his cable
connection or cable head-end. Even more importantly, he could be missing
power due to the EMP. The loss of a critical infrastructure would lead
to a need to relocate elsewhere, because it is very likely that the
cable and power companies could not restore power and cable services
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