From the Fall 2018 Issue

The Paradox of Infosec and the Dropping of a Socket

Gina Yacone
Director of Sales Braintrace

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On Sept. 19, 1980, near the small town of Damascus, Arkansas, someone dropped a socket, and it caused a breach. In terms of breaches, it was nuclear! Paradoxical as it may seem, the story of the 1980’s Damascus Titan II explosion showcases how a simple error parallels that of a significant breach of a company’s security infrastructure. Was the nuclear threat in 1980 preventable? Is a breach of a security environment preventable? Let’s deconstruct those questions and come up with a reasonable answer, but before we do, a history lesson:
The 1980 Damascus Titan II Explosion . . .

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