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November 2005

Ping: Katrina's Security Survivors

Katrina's Security Survivors Three security managers in the Gulf Coast tell their stories. Crises require information security officers be the voice of reason and Hurricane Katrina truly tested the mettle of security managers on the Gulf Coast. It caused immeasurable distress as it leveled businesses, keeping companies offline for weeks while power and telecommunications were restored. Corporate mandates to get operational quickly threatened to make security another casualty. And, cyber-attackers showed little mercy to devastated businesses, often targeting those the storm hit hardest. Information Security recently spoke to three security managers who survived Katrina. They shared their insights, talked about how they plan to rebuild and imparted the lessons they learned. Once the storm passed, what security issues surfaced that you did not anticipate? Jennifer Creger: Any time an office is moved or converted into a temporary facility, there are going to be security issues. We followed our 100-plus page disaster recovery plan ...

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