[ISN] Cloud services as part of a BC/DR plan after a terror attack

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2011 02:31:00 -0700 (MST)

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 
sized businesses.

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 
quickly enough.


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