4 comments on “Yes, I am afraid of T2′s.

  1. I’d like to concur with your counter-argument regarding the security issue. While of course security is and should be a concern in the context of SM use by emergency management / responder agencies, there are two reasons I think this concern is overblown. First, any information / communications platform is prone to being hacked. There’s nothing inherently unique in this regard about SM other than its relative newness. Second, some hack for financial incentives, others for notoriety; but the population of those with both the skills and inclination to hack or spoof an emergency responder related account with the genuine intent of creating havoc or harm is so marginal… the benefit of SM4EM simply outweighs the risk. Third, one of the things we’re witnessing regarding SM is how quickly “truth outs” – SM is surprisingly self-correcting at speeds unheard of via traditional communications platforms. Granted, this is not to suggest that a well-organized bad-guy operation couldn’t cause a good deal of damage in the SM realm before it was identified and squashed, but the level of organization and funding that kind of effort would require strains incredulity when considering this as a serious threat for anything below a national level incident.

    Will an emergency management / responder agency suffer a SM security breach at some point – probably. But that’s not a reason to avoid SM altogether. Back when usb tummbdrives first appeared on the scene there was a [surprisingly long] period of time when they were not allowed inside the CIA’s headquarters building. Their small physical size but massive storage capacity makes them a very handy tool for conveniently storing and transporting around information. This obviously gave the security types an aneurysm, and their knee-jerk reaction was to simply make them verboten. But since the thumbdrive eventually became a ubiquitous piece of technology, the strategy of “avoidance” became less and less sustainable. They eventually came up with a solution – but not without much handwringing about how to keep the genie in the bottle. In fact, it was only within the last year that the Dept. of Defense essentially gave up on its imposed ban of the devices, finally recognizing that’s simply not a realistic proposition.

    The point is that there is always going to be evolutionary and somethings revolutionary (sometimes called “disruptive”) technologies to emerge that no matter how you try, you simply can’t draw a circle around them and say “well we’ll just avoid the risk of using it by not using it at all.” Otherwise, we’d have a very dull history of progress indeed.

  2. Great post, interesting re ICS – got me thinking SM could provide valuable information going into ICS – situational awareness, etc – even if it’s not part of ICS

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