More fear

December 16, 2006

Regarding my last post: I just wanted to draw one more parallel that I think is very important. Schneier talks quite a bit about the politics of fear, and the push to develop “theatrical” security solutions. I see the same sort of dynamic in the disaster recovery field, with aggressive salespeople using fear to sell the latest, greatest, and most expensive solutions.

What is needed in disaster recovery planning is a sensible, sober approach. Schneier’s framework, appropriately tuned for the particular set of problems inherent to computer DR, provides the tools needed to dispassionately measure both the need for disaster recovery and the value of the proposed solutions. Lacking that, all you are left with is a bunch of salespeople shrieking, “But you might lose data!”

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