Computer co-location facility vulnerabilities

Wednesday, 13 August 2003, 12:39 AM EST

I've been yelling at people about this for years. I've spent a significant portion of the past ten years of my professional career working for and with corporations with large co-location facilities. Co-location facilities provide a cost effective data center solution for many companies, both small and large, enabling remote hosting of equipment in a climate controlled environment usually with several redundant high-speed connections to the Internet. These facilities are responsible for a significant percentage of electronic business performed in the United States and other countries.

In having the privilege of working with a number of these facilities, I've also had the opportunity to witness the vulnerabilities that could give themselves over to terrorist activities. Prior to September 11 2001 , I was able to dismiss these fears with the thought that nobody would ever want to blow up the city block". Unfortunately today these vulnerabilities are both a valid and justifiable concern.

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