Disaster planning lessons from Wikileaks

Whether you approve of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s activities or not, you do have to give him one bit of credit: He knows how to keep a website up and running despite numerous attempts to take it down.

IT departments, take note: There’s nothing like a group of current and former computer hackers to understand just how and where to protect a network. Keeping control of valuable data is crucial to organizational survival these days, and Wikileaks seems to be extraordinary at this particular skill (even if it can’t keep its founder out of jail).

The bottom line to Wikileaks’ survival seems to be its diversity of hosting locals. Attempts to shut down one set of servers are thwarted by Wikileaks’ agile technicians, who have multiple ISP hosting sites around the globe. The folks who offer cloud services couldn’t have paid for better advertising than this demo of how easy it is to direct traffic elsewhere in case of a disaster.

How many businesses out there have this kind of recovery strategy in place?

ComputerWorld recently published a detailed retrospective on the technical aspects of Wikileaks. It makes a good read for IT folks who worry about attacks on their data. Watch and learn.