The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat?

My argument simply is if this kind of awareness
can be made more broadly available you end up with
a more resilient infrastructure overall.

Sean, would you care to list the route, facility, ownership and customer
attributes of the data base that you'd make public, and briefly explain the
access controls you would impose on same?

If this is not what you originally intended, then please show me the way ... thanks.


On Fri Jan 20 9:19 , sent:

    As you mentioned before this is largely because the customer (SIAC) was savvy
enough to set the reuirements and had the money to do it. A lot of that saviness
came from lessons learned from 9/11 and fund transfer. Similar measures were
taken with DoD's GIG-BE, again because the customer was knowlegable and had the
financial clout to enforce the requirements and demand the information. An
anonymous data pool is just one suggestion of a market based mechanism to do it.


What data went into the system would depend on what questions you were looking to answer. I spend most of my time looking at the geographic diversity of fiber routes, so I'll use that as a very simple example.

To answer that particular set of questions you would need the fiber routes for each provider, and they would need to be georeferenced. Other useful data would be the buildings lit by those fiber routes and lease costs. Users would then enter the buildings they want connectivity for. The system would find all the providers that could service that combination of buildings then calculate what the diversity of each provider is for that set of buildings, or what the diversity was if the user wanted to use more than one provider. Each provider would be given a score for that particular connectivity combination and a price, or the scores for each combination of providers. The user would then have a market indicator for diversity. You could have a vairety of metrics - the total distance between network paths, average distance, the variance, the number of times paths come with 100 feet of each other, the number of routes that are colocated etc.

The providers do not give up any proprietary data and the customers have a set of indicators to make a more informed choice. Not the ideal solution, but the game was to come up with something that would be palatable to the providers. Companies like Last Mile Connections already keep provider supplied databases of lit buildings and prices to run auctions. This would just be another indicator for customers that also value diversity and resiliency. Protecting the master database would be important, but there are lots of mechanisms to do that effectively. The metrics are the key, and that of course is my angle on the game.