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Re: Homeland Security Alert System
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 15:32:12 -0500

On Fri, 21 Feb 2003 14:41:05 EST, Martin Hannigan said:

Example: DHS sets RED level. Reaction: Move some third level 
engineers into the SOC. Audit the DR plan if it's not on schedule
to be audited. Audit the backup plans if not on schedule to be
audited. Light the medium warm NOC to HOT NOC level.

Do you buy fire extinguishers when there's no fire, or do you do it
when the smoke alarm is already going off?  Or is this the converse, where
a leaky roof doesn't get fixed because you can't work on it on rainy days,
and on sunny days it doesn't leak?

If your DR/backup plan isn't already squared away, RED is a *very* bad time to
be screwing with it.  Anybody who's read this list for a while has seen
enough examples of "attempt to fix broken network only makes it worse".

If you audit your backup plan, and discover you're low on tapes to send
off-site, what are the chances that we'll still be at RED when the tapes
actually arrive from the vendor?

                                Valdis Kletnieks
                                Computer Systems Senior Engineer
                                Virginia Tech

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