Operations Management and Operations Security (OPSEC)

This section includes papers of general interest in computer systems operations management, including some older papers from the 1980s that were written with office automation as their focus. Newer items also include OPSEC topics such as preventing data aggregation from open sources and other COINTEL (counterintelligence) techniques.

 

Computer Envy: Essays on Office Automation.     HTML     PDF

Some later papers that are on this Web site and even in the CSH4 text originated in simpler form in the work originally printed in these little articles from INTERACT Magazine published by Interex, the International HP Users' Association and in Computing Canada.    

 

Documentation for Less Work:Will this Have to be Done Again?      PDF

Thoughts on keeping records of our work.

 

Facilities Management in the Age of Information Warfare     HTML     PDF

An introduction to information warfare issues for Facilities Management Magazine.

 

Facilities Security     HTML     PDF

In this white paper, I hope you will find useful information on how physical security can support the security needs of network operations centers (NOCs) and data centers (DCs). In many of my consulting assignments doing enterprise security reviews, I have seen serious physical security problems; I hope that this overview will help fill in some of the missing information. Updated January 2008.

 

High-Pressure Scam     HTML     PDF

A little piece about creeps who bully employees into paying for junk.

 

Review of Visible Ops Security     PDF

Review of the excellent publication Visible Ops Security: Achieving Common Security and IT Operations Objectives in 4 Practical Steps by Gene Kim, Paul Love and George Spafford (2008) from the IT Process Institute. This review is an edited compilation of the individual parts I originally published in the Network World Security Strategies newsletter in November 2008.

 

Staffing the Data Center     HTML     PDF

Early thoughts (1995) on choosing employees.

 

System Logging     HTML     PDF

Written for the MSIA 2.0 program's Seminar 1, Week 6, this commentary, subtitled "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK: System Logging," is not a Monty Python skit.


 

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