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Far-Sighted Thinking About Deleterious Computer-Related Events
Communications of the ACM
Neumann, P. G. (2015). Far-sighted thinking about deleterious computer-related events. Communications of the ACM, 58(2), 30-33.
Several previous communications have pursued the needs for more long-term planning—particularly to augment or indeed counter some of the short-term optimization that ignores the importance of developing and operating meaningfully trustworthy systems that are accompanied by proactive preventive maintenance. This article revisits that theme and takes a view of some specific risks. It suggests that advanced planning for certain major disasters relating to security, cryptography, safety, reliability, and other critical system requirements is well worth consideration. The essential roles of preventive maintenance are also essential.