Problems - IT
and Lessons from History
has been said that those who do not learn from
are doomed to repeat it. We can learn important
from previous IT disasters, and apply those lessons
to your system.
you can use to protect your IT systems
Spam keeps coming
filling up your in basket and wasting your time
deleting unwanted advertising to find the few legitimate e-mails that
require your attention.
Lesson: You can't win
every battle. Install spam blockers, but watch for
Sasser worm randomly
attacks PCs with an Internet connection and makes PCs run
slow and send copies to other PCs.
This worm attacked a vulnerability in the Windows XP OS
known and patchable for over two weeks — having the
firewall option "on".
Lesson: Opps ... forgot
a previous lesson ... to update regularly with software
patches ... and turn on the "Firewall" option
for your Internet connection.
East Coast power blackout
disables electronic sinks and toilets. Numerous
electronic toilets wouldn't flush and sinks wouldn't
drain during the blackout, causing a health hazard.
Lesson: Make sure
important life support systems including electronic
bathrooms are hooked up to standby backup power,
such as a generator in the basement.
Blaster worm, also called a LovScam, causes PC error warnings, shut down, and then restart again to search out
other PCs to infect.
Cripples hundreds of thousands of computers running the Microsoft Windows 2000
and XP operating systems. These users did not heed warnings to
get a free downloadable fix to patch a flaw available
since July 17, 2003.
Lesson: Everyone needs
to keep current by updating and patching their PC
Fizzer worm spreads via Kazaa
peer-to-peer program file sharing of music
Lesson: P2P networks
should not be trusted unless you want to risk a worm and/or copyright violations.
Slammer worm shuts
down numerous large company networks including the
American Express website and BofA ATMs by
attacking known application flaws in a popular Microsoft
SQL server application. Lesson: Enterprises
need to keep current by patching known bugs in software.
(But test patches first to make sure the updates
don't conflict with other software or programs.)
Northpoint Communication goes
bankrupt and cause disruption in Internet service
to thousands of customers.
Lesson: Have a backup
ISP under contract for quick switchover of Internet
Terrorists take down the World
Trade Center Twin Towers and disable
redundant phone systems within blocks of the site.
Lesson: The unthinkable
can happen. Be prepared ... have redundant phone
carriers with trunk connections outside your area ...
use cell phone text messaging which has more chance of
going through ... also have walkie-talkie like products
1/17/94 -The Northridge quake
knocks down computers and destroys data.
The jolt turns computer rooms into a pile of twisted
wires and CPUs cases with trashed hard drives.
Lesson: Backups stored
offsite can save your business.
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