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January 2005

Peer-to-Peer

DISPATCHES Two Seattle CISOs, Kirk Bailey and Ernie Hayden, are pioneering a new level of trust and cooperation to secure their enterprises. Over the clatter of an auto body shop where he was retrieving his car, Ernie Hayden received a disturbing cellphone call. "I'm sending you a warning about the latest MyDoom attack," the voice said. No introductions were necessary. Hayden, the manager of enterprise information security for the Port of Seattle, immediately recognized the voice as his counterpart at the city of Seattle, CISO Kirk Bailey. Usually, the pair meets once a week at a local coffeehouse to talk shop. They share their problems, insights, solutions and questions. Nothing is out of bounds, and there's no fear of compromise. Their trust in each other is unquestioned. While the urgent warning of a MyDoom variant wasn't the norm, it was hardly unusual. When something serious breaks, they call each other immediately. They know implicitly that one always has the other's back. By the time Hayden rolled into the office, he had ...

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