Disaster recovery planners can learn a lot from "The Walking Dead"

IT disaster recovery (DR) planners are a pretty grim bunch generally.  After all, death and destruction are the things that emergency managers, continuity planners and disaster recovery experts revel in.  It's what they have to plan...

10/29/10

First true SCADA-specific malware detected

Back in 1999, when I ran then-governor Jeb Bush's statewide Y2K awareness and remediation effort, I first happened to learn about SCADA systems. What is SCADA, you ask? SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. ...

07/22/10

Florida's cloud-based Census app aims to find "missed" Floridians

Of all the uses of clouds, both public and private, perhaps the most technologically sophisticated and potentially revolutionary cloud is the one being developed by the Florida House of Representatives.  It is a Web-based,...

06/22/10

Don't write off H1N1 pandemic... yet

You may have noticed an upswing in media reporting on swine flu, or H1N1, cases.  This upswing is in relation to the sudden upswing in human cases of swine flu in the southern states of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.  The truth...

04/05/10

Bad software design renders Seagate Replica a risky buy

A few weeks ago, I bought Seagate's new Replica backup solution.  I was searching for a drive that could back up both my Sony desktop and my Toshiba laptop in a single solution, without having to invest in expensive software and an...

09/14/09

CIDRAP Summit represents last chance to get H1N1-ready

Contrary to what you might think from the press, I do not believe the second wave of swine flu/H1N1(2009) is here yet.  Sure, we are seeing another spike in cases, and new deaths, but it is too early to tell if this is the end of the...

09/10/09

H1N1: Returning this fall, and with an attitude

The swine flu pandemic is still underway, with little sign of abating.  Here in the United States, cases continue to be reported and deaths continue to mount.  In the Southern Hemisphere, swine H1 has completely displaced seasonal...

07/17/09

We're in a pandemic, but there's still time to plan.

It is quite possible that by the time you have read this blog, the World Health Organization will have moved the planet to full pandemic influenza status by engaging the Phase Six protocol.Now what Phase Six means is that the world...

06/11/09

Can the "cloud" help us manage our way through a pandemic?

No sooner had I finished my checklist for IT planning in a pandemic than I slapped my forehead.The cloud!  How can we use the cloud to help us during a pandemic of any real severity?I can think of a few questions we can ask...

04/29/09

New IT flu pandemic presentation, checklist available.

As promised, I have uploaded two new documents to the Florida CIO Council Pandemic Website.The first document is "IT pandemic presentation, updated for swine influenza," Scott McPherson, author. April 2009, a Powerpoint presentation...

04/28/09

IT pandemic presentation upload, IT checklist forthcoming

Shortly, I will have an updated swine flu pandemic presentation and IT checklist on the Florida CIO Council Website.  I will publish the links as soon as they are confirmed.The checklist is high-level and is designed to get you to...

04/28/09

Why you should be looking at Mexico NOW.

You know, influenza is a remarkable disease.  All the while we have been looking at Asia for signs of a flu pandemic, and wouldn't you know that the most serious pandemic threat since SARS manifests itself within the borders of our...

04/24/09

Throw the book at Palin's email hacker

BLOGGERS NOTE, 10/9/2008: This is an edited blog.  I have removed some descriptive verbiage.Today, a federal grand jury formally indicted one David Kernell, age 20, a student at the University of Tennessee, in the deliberate hacking...

10/08/08

Ike reminds us of Ike

As I write this, my people are revisiting our disaster recovery plans in anticipation of Hurricane Ike.  Now Ike is several days away from any contact with Florida, let alone the eastern Panhandle.  Hurricane computer models are such...

09/05/08

Do Railhead right or don't deploy until it IS right

"Hell is full of good intentions or desires."  -- Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153).As you may know, I recently was the subject of much ongoing wrath over a past Computerworld blog regarding the use of the word "waterboarding." ...

08/27/08

How many of you do background checks on your IT employees?

The Washington Post has an excellent article today regarding the City of San Francisco/Terry Childs debacle.  Its findings appear to confirm suspicions regarding both Mr. Childs' true intentions as well as the City's outright...

08/11/08

Why you need to care about Indonesia (again)

A few months ago, I wrote a blog titled "Why you should care about Indonesia." I won't repeat that blog, but will instead urge you to read it if you have not done so already. I'll wait.OK. Now I will ask you to pay close attention to...

08/06/08

Newsom intervenes; Dolly vindicates blog

First, I want to throw out some props to San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom for his personal intervention in the case of Terry Childs, accused network saboteur.  Mayor Newsom apparently grew tired of his network being hijacked, and...

07/24/08

Situations where waterboarding is appropriate

I was reading the Computerworld story of today regarding the "not guilty" plea of one Terry Childs, age 43.  I am sure you have read or heard about it by now:  Childs allegedly changed all the passwords and logins of his employer,...

07/17/08

Xbox, Netflix partnership a huge salvo in HD download wars

Yesterday's stunning announcement that Netflix will offer downloads to Microsoft Xbox customers was huge.  It means that the heretofore-thought-of-as-a-gaming-system Xbox 360 might actually become that ubiquitous set-top box that...

07/15/08

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