Kurt Seifried

Critical Infrastructure and the Internet (and by extensions, the Cloud)

Dan Geer has written a nice article ( http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2479677) about putting critical infrastructure (like power grids) online, unfortunately it seems to ignore the economics involved, using the Internet is vastly cheaper than anything else (e.g. dedicated physical communications infrastructure, imagine the cost of laying your own network to connect a few power plants and control centers up vs. just buying Internet access from a provider). I suspect this pattern of “ZOMG! critical infrastructure it attached to the Internet” will be repeated for the Cloud, with the same economic drivers resulting in stuff being shoved into the Cloud anyways.