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6th November 02
Apple Mac OS amongst least
vulnerable to attack Since Mac OS has a relatively low visibility, we naturally expect
the attacks on Mac OS to be occurring in lower numbers. However, according
to our news release from 31st October, attacks on Mac OS systems are
less (0.05%) pro rata than what would be expected by solely taking "the
security by obscurity" issue into account.
25th October 02
Denial of Service Attack
on Root DNS Servers on 21st October The Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack started at about
21:00 GMT and lasted for a few hours. Nine out of thirteen root DNS
servers were affected by the DDoS. Business interruption was minimal.
The most probable motivation for the DDoS attack is discussed.
14th November 01
Asymmetric Warfare - Business
Continuity in the Face of Terrorism 1. Our way of life in the interlinked world is much more vulnerable
than ever before
2. Terrorism is a sophisticated activity and has to be dealt with strategically
3. Post the collapse of the Soviet Union, terrorism could continue to
fill the power vacuum
4. Modern life is susceptible to terrorism as a blunt expression of
conflict and protest
5. There are specific and collective counter-measures, which we can
put in place to mitigate the threat to our way of life.
22nd October 01
The World Beyond 11th
September - Focus on Asymmetric Warfare Any threat, which is disproportionate, such as the risk of a small
group attacking a large country or a few individuals killing thousands
is described as asymmetric.
In the 21 st century, asymmetric warfare is going to be multi-dimensional.
It will be fought on land, on the seas, in air and outer space as well
as through cyberspace.
8th October 01
The Digital Retaliation
to US and UK Bombardment The NATO-Serbia conflict was the first chronicled war to demonstrate
cyber warfare in retaliation to US and UK led aerial bombardment. Retaliation
from hackers sympathetic to the Taleban and Al-Qaeda network is expected
to follow a similar pattern.
25th September 01
The Business World Beyond
11th September 2001 Initial estimates suggest the overall cost of the tragedy will be
between USD 30 bn to USD 50 bn. Considerable time may be required in
order to refine these estimates.
Reinsurance rates are set to rise by 30% to 40% impacting insurance
rates for Property and Casualty insurance. Insurance cover for airlines
is rising by 400% to 1000% forcing governments to intervene. Even before
the incident, prices were firming in the insurance industry.
12th September 01
11th September Attack
on Financial Markets and Defence Facilities A financial services system rarely consists of just computers. Both
people and computers together form the critical business element. In
the case of the World Trade Center there has been a tremendous loss
of life and whilst there will be remote locations to transfer people
with backed-up data, in this instance the issue is expected to be the
loss of key people rather than just the data.