One of the conversations I’m having more often (say in the past 20 months) is “continuity” planning — in the event that “World War IT” breaks out — how are businesses going to continue?
- If communication utilities are hacked? How will we rebuild B-B and B-C networks if the internet is shaky — fall backs like a BBS might serve as an order processing platform.
- How to operate in isolation for a while? If we’re not connected to a WAN. Inventory — where is that box?
These dialogues are more often “beer” fueled … and not really actionable but they have a strategic vein. Few I know are actually going to the time/expense to build systems, collecting old bones into unpowered piles that can be used as “bricks” — rebuilding networks that have been damaged. There are some, though…
The challenge we’re facing is sort of on the DHS front and there is a certain symmetry to it.
Think of it like this: Linux IT Duffers are the National Guard of IT.
There is a widening dialogue (Link) within Microsoft and Windows circles particularly – about alternatives that are quick, inexpensive and secure. An essential element is modest hardware requirements. Linux shines on all of those aspects.
If you’re hoarding and/or building systems and storing “IT Bricks” in your closet, let me know. I’d like to take this temperature — fill in the Poll below?