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In Todays Society we are so Dependent on IT that the Consequences of its Failure May be Catastrophic Discuss the Threats and Causes of Failure and Steps Taken to Minimise it In todays world it is impossible to run a large organisation without the aid of computers Businesses hold massive amounts of important data hospitals hold large amounts of confidential patient information and large scientific research projects hold important codes formulae and equations The bottom line is that loss or corruption of this information is sure to result in bankruptcy a substantial loss of customers and even world-wide financial meltdown A dependency on technology is impossible to avoid even with its fatal consequences Companies face the worry of information lost through hacking virus corruption and even physical threats such as fire and flood Viruses are the most common threat to companies they can corrupt large amounts of files and data both kinds of virus biological and electronic take over the host cellprogram and clone their carrier genetic codes by instructing the hosts to make replicas of the viruses Neither kind of virus however can replicate themselves independently they are pieces of code that attach themselves to other cellsprograms Just as biological viruses need a host cell computer viruses require a host program to activate them Once such example of the damage done by viruses occurred in 1988 A Cornell University hacker named Robert Morris used the national network system Internet which include the Pentagons ARPAnet data exchange network The nations high-tech ideologues and spin doctors have been locked in debate since trying to make ethical and economic sense of the event The virus rapidly infected an estimated six thousand computers around the USA This created a scare that crowned an open season of viral hysteria in the media in the course of which according to the Computer Virus Industry Association in Santa Clara the number of known viruses jumped from seven to
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