Return of the Spooks

It’s obvious that the World Trade Center/Pentagon terrorist attacks have reinforced the importance of IT disaster recovery strategies. The continued functioning of the nation’s financial markets in the foreseeable future will depend in large part on back capacity many miles from the twisted wreckage. Disaster recovery and hot site strategies have been established operating procedure for the Global 250 for years.

But disaster recovery is not just for large companies-although until now, many small-midsize firms never thought they could afford it. But, with virtualization of the economy, impacting sectors as diverse as automotives, electronics, healthcare, and financial services, the old adage of a chain only being as storing as its weakest link becomes more relevant than ever. Today, small-midsize companies, who are closely tied to the operations of their trading partners, may not afford disaster recovery-but they can no longer not afford it either. Fortuitously, the emergence of Internet-based backup services, and on the horizon, IP storage networks, makes the choice easier.

And we’re wondering about one other possible byproduct of yesterday’s events. Now that the high-tech industry is no longer the place to play “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” could the CIA once more become an attractive career path for the nation’s best and brightest, and should it?