Tag Archives: disaster recovery

Black Swans … or Oil Victims?

– There is an article in The New York Times Magazine of June 6, 2010 by David Leonhardt with the title “Underestimating Risk: What the oil spill and the financial crisis have in common.” It is in a section called “The Way We Live Now,” and next to the section heading there is a drawing of…

The Volcano and Cyber Security

– We have all been following the eruptions of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano under the glacier in Southern Iceland and the resulting clouds of ash sweeping over much of Europe. The threat of volcanic ash seizing jet engines has already grounded tens of thousands of flights and affected millions of…

Risky Behavior – New York Times’ Swan Songs

– In an earlier column, Security and Change: Black Swans, posted on April 14, 2008, I drew your attention to an excellent book called The Black Swan written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Taleb points out that humans are particularly poor at predicting and preparing for catastrophic events, such as the…

Security in Times of Crisis

– Who would have thought, when I wrote my three-part column on “Security and Change” (here, here and here) that all three aspects would hit us at the same time. There was Hurricane Ike, the disappearance and takeovers of major financial institutions, and the massive credit freeze…

Security and Change (pt. 3): White Knights

– There are many events that are disruptive to business operations and about which you generally know well in advance. Such events include all manner of IT and business process outsourcing, friendly and hostile mergers and acquisitions, the relocation, consolidation and dispersion of facilities,…