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Re: Vulnerbilities of Interconnection

  • From: sgorman1
  • Date: Thu Sep 05 13:20:53 2002


I completely agree with statement.  It is not a matter of wanting to 
know where the importants hubs are - we have a pretty good handle on 
that, but what the impacts would be of a hub loss from an operational 
stand point.  Maybe this is a discussion that needs to be off-line.  
My goal is to provide some context and validation for the research 
that is being carried out.  

There have been some interesting discussion on this forum about multi-
provider cooperation in case of emergencies/catastropes.  Your 
suggestion of the creation of a directory for contacts across 
providers was an insightful addition.  I believe more discussion along 
these lines would be of benefit.  The desire is for something high 
level, not any network details that could prove compromising.



----- Original Message -----
From: Sean Donelan <>
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2002 12:48 pm
Subject: Re: Vulnerbilities of Interconnection

> On Thu, 5 Sep 2002 wrote:
> > 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
> On security reporting...
> "Since Sept. 11, state, local and federal authorities have tried 
> to get
> their arms around the potential threats to the nation's
> infrastructure--including the telecommunications infrastructure. 
> They have
> asked us questions like, 'What are your 100 most vulnerable places 
> in the
> network?'"
> "As much as we would like to help the government in its attempt to 
> helpus, we believe it would be counterproductive to share such 
> informationwidely because if it were released, it would provide a 
> terrorist with a
> roadmap to our key locations. Unless the government agrees that it 
> protect our information, we will continue to respectfully decline 
> blanket requests."
> Bill Smith
> CTO and President of Interconnection Services, BellSouth

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