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Vulnerbilities of Interconnection

  • From: sgorman1
  • Date: Thu Sep 05 12:46:30 2002


Thanks for all the answers on the previous question about Equinix.  
The reason for the question is that we are working on a study here at 
George Mason on assesing the vulnerbilities of the Internet and 
telecommunications infrastructure to physical attack.  One part that 
we are looking at are the vulnerbilites of interconnection facilites.  

Doomsday scenarios like 60 Hudson street being a target instead of the 
WTC or the loss of MAE east, etc.  The earlier question about Equinix 
and the Big 7 was really a vulnerbility question.  Are interonnection 
locations aggreating or dispersing.  How real of a threat is the 
physical loss of a major interconnection point.  Incidents like the 
Balitmore train tunnel wreck point in one direction.  

We are working on putting several models together to try and simulate 
some of these scenarios with varying degrees of success, but I would 
very much like to avoid doing the research in a vaccuum.  I was hoping 
a discussion on NANOG wold be a good first step.  The project is quite 
hot with the politicos and I very much want to make sure to best 
recommendations are made.  Formal industrsy cooperation is one side of 
this, but I think a lot of information can be gained from an informal 
approach as well.  Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated

Thanks,

sean





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