Earlier this week it was implied that early warnings of an Islamic terrorist attack were "lost in the system." At this time, I am not able to find a credible enough source to prove whether this was actually the case, but it is rumored that the warning was specific in that the attack would come from the sea.Nine days before terrorists arrived by boat to launch a three-day assault on Mumbai, apparently security services received information that the city was to be attacked. In all, 172 people died and almost 400 were injured. Intelligence sources may have been informed of the attack, specifically naming the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel as a target.
Although it is not clear how the warnings were lost within the system -- be it a bureaucratic, communication, or technical error -- this tragedy is a timely reminder to re-evaluate current control systems in place. On an organizational level, it's also timely to re-evaluate business continuity and disaster recovery efforts.
As for the early warnings, I am waiting to see credence to the announcement. After all, it may all just be hype due to Google Search: http://earlywarning.wordpress.com/2008/11/12/online-searches-as-early-warning-indicators-of-conflict.
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