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Total internet failure: are you prepared?


"A total internet failure is the one thing that could stop any business in its tracks, yet few are preparing for this possibility, consultancy KPMG has warned.

Stephen Bonner, partner in information protection and business resilience at KPMG, said this could happen within the next five years as the number of internet nodes far exceeds original expectations.

'In that timeframe, I predict we will see a major internet outage that could last two to three days,' he told Computer Weekly.

Bonner, who has worked at internet service providers and has ‘an idea of how it is all plugged together’ and run, said he thought an outage will most likely be caused by human error of some kind.

‘Although there are vulnerabilities in the internet that malicious actors could exploit to cause a total outage, nobody would benefit, therefore it is unlikely to be the result of a deliberate act,’ he said.

Instead, he anticipates something like malware unintentionally disabling every router on the planet or ‘finger trouble’ causing a cascading, self-propagating failure that corrupts every routing table or domain name server everywhere.”


NCC Weekly News Update 21 July 2014



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