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March 15, 2013

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RBS Computer System Issues (and why they shouldn’t happen)

On Wednesday 6th March, Royal Bank of Scotland customers found themselves unable to use their debit/credit cards, access their accounts through online banking, or make withdrawals from cash machines. RBS has stated that they will compensate customers who were affected by the issue, but it really shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

January 10, 2013

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Failure is Success

Penetration Testing is often sold as the mechanism to highlight when security doesn’t work. By contrast, it can also serve to highlight when it does.

October 11, 2011

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What the RIM Server Failure Teaches Us

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Monday’s complete failure of Research in Motion’s (RIMs) UK BlackBerry Internet Service servers has highlighted just how reliant we have become on services offered by third parties.

Because of the failure of a group of servers in a UK datacentre, all of RIMs customers across the whole EMEA region were unable to access any of their e-mail or do anything besides make phone calls and send text messages. This is worrying.