What can we learn from the BA outage?

Jun 15th, 2017 Availability, Information Risk Management James Gillies

The recent catastrophic BA outage, allegedly caused by an electrical contractor resulting in the total and immediate shutdown of the entire data centre highlighted an interdependency of systems that wasn’t previously known. It was stated that there are around 200 systems used by BA in its operations that are required to work together. This is a surprising number when you think that as a consumer…


Does the IoT = NextGen DDoS?

Last week witnessed a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack against Dyn.com, who provide DNS services to major websites. This had the effect of disrupting users of Twitter, Amazon, Tumblr, Reddit, Spotify and Netflix. The ‘botnet’ that performed this DDoS attack was comprised of hacked IoT (Internet of Things) devices, partly comprised of Chinese-made digital video recorders and IP cameras. The devices had been compromised…


Our backups are good, aren’t they?

Oct 19th, 2016 Availability James Gillies

Although your backups may well be “good” as far as you know, your backup strategy itself may need to be re-visited, here’s some high-level questions to start with: What are you backing up? Just the data, or the whole environment? In other words, if you were to fall foul of a cyber attack and lose everything how quickly or easily could you recover with only…

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