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Slightly over a month ago, it almost seemed like the real-time world came to an end when Twitter went down from a denial of service (DoS) attack. Most other services like Facebook, livejournal and even Google to some extent bore the brunt of the attack. Folks addicted to real-time streams were left twiddling their thumbs while rest of the world kept speculating on the origins, the hows, and the whys of the attack. Very few, however, talked about whether the attack could have been prevented or mitigated and what lessons if any were learned. The ‘how can we prevent it’ question also came up in a recent conversation I was having with someone. Given that every business today sells something online (either products or services), the recent DDoS attack carries significance for all.
DDoS, if you are not familiar, is Distributed Denial of Service where the hacker takes control of several computers like yours and then launches a concerted attack on the victim. (slow internet connection without much activity? – your computer is probably being used by a hacker).
Ah, finally figured I should steal a few minutes from my schedule to discuss how my panel on “Virtual Organizations” went at the MIT CIO Conference. You can read a review about the panel and the conference in general on Dr. Irving Wladawsky’s blog but here is my take on it. Some of you must have read my previous blog post titled “From machines to humans – How virtual are we getting?“, a preview post for the panel where I talked about the role of Virtual Organizations, how its role is expanding to connect everything from supply chains to end-customers and the myriad opportunities that it can enable if deployed properly.
While that is all very relevant, as I sat through the panel at the CIO conference, I realized why this topic is so encompassing from every angle, why it is so complex and why it requires a deep strategic analysis by CIOs. Simply speaking we can broadly analyze this topic from technology, business and cultural perspectives.