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Feb 17 2013   3:17PM GMT

Business Protections: New thinking for new realities

David Scott David Scott Profile: David Scott

In the next 2 to 10 years, the securing of business will take on a whole new dimension from the perspective of “whole view” considerations.  In my book, I.T. Wars, I spoke throughout of regional business security teams – BizSec – that would be comprised of business and government representatives.  Orgs would partner with outside agencies, local government, and Federal government, in order to plan larger-scale securities to business enabling things, such as infrastructure, the power grid, utilities, etc.

The various BizSecs will have their work cut out for them.  Hacks-at-Random (HAR) will become a nuisance at minimum; a business-ender at maximum.  Nefarious mischief makers will take down organizations for sport.  Those orgs that do not maintain the most forward-edge, vigilant, protections will be victims:  That is simply how it will be.  Organizations will also openly discuss potential cyber attack from larger forces, for sized and proportioned positionings (We’ll be discussing these, and how to get positioned, in upcoming posts).

Perhaps an early sign of new awarenesses and realities concerning cyber and related securities will be the end of above ground electrical grid considerations.  Watch for “telephone poles” to disappear in the coming decade – at least in certain areas, particularly Washington, DC.

Wires and related infrastructure will go into underground, hopefully EMP-proof, conduits.

A corresponding example is potent:  After recent hurricanes, there were calls for the burying of electrical lines and cables – when you think about it, above-ground lines, poles and towers seem positively archaic – they’re so “last century.”  In fact, above ground infrastructure does date back to the very beginning of the last century – and it is quite plainly woefully out-of-date.

Placing this infrastructure underground removes the liability of damage and disablement from weather; such as hurricanes, or just high winds (any corresponding consideration of risk from earthquakes is offset by the fact that above-ground poles would likely fall anyway – and earthquake damage will simply require cleanup and reconstitution of infrastructure as normally performed).

A comprehensive plan to protect lines through a grid of underground conduits should be a national plan, much like the interstate highway system was.

This project and progression is already being discussed within the Federal government.

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  • Seabreezes1
    Goodness, yes! Our 21st century infrastructure must be flexible, extensible, scalable, self-healing and robust. And it must include disaster planning. I currently live on an peninsula island where the all the communications for the approx 36k residents are bundled under one of the two bridges that connect us to the mainland. Plus we are on an earthquake fault and are 30 minutes from the next nearest population center. Talk about vulnerability. Yet that is nothing compared to the vulnerability of organizations who rely on communication networks to do business. As we've become more and more connected, we've become more fragile with these single point of failures. It is time to address that weakness. What is needed is a comprehensive plan backed by our govt. with the same level of commitment given to the transcontinental railroad circa 1850, the Hoover Dam & TVA in the 1920s & 30s and interstate in the 1950s. 
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  • Seabreezes1
    Agreed! What's more, as the govt sponsored hydro-electric projects of the 1920s & 30s like the the interstate initiative of the 50s & 60s created a more robust and improved economy, so would wise investment in our electronic network this decade not only protect us from various threats, but also be an economic stimulus. 
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  • janicegaines292
    Great foresight.  Electrical/phone poles are a goner if not this decade, then the next.  Great security series by the way...
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