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Businesses and organizations of all stripes defend against unending attempts to steal their computer data or damage their systems. They pour billions of dollars into those digital defenses. Few, however, have serious plans for how they will respond to the impact of an actual breach. And few stress-test those plans. Such “exercises” force real-time decision-making and actions the same way a fire drill in a large complex might not go well the first time.
A black swan is an event, positive or negative, that is deemed improbable yet causes massive consequences. In this groundbreaking and prophetic book, Taleb shows in a playful way that Black Swan events explain almost everything about our world, and yet we-especially the experts-are blind to them. In this second edition, Taleb has added a new essay, On Robustness and Fragility, which offers tools to navigate and exploit a Black Swan world.
In February 1910, a monstrous, record-breaking blizzard hit the Northwest. Nowhere was the danger more terrifying than near a tiny town called Wellington, perched high in the Cascade Mountains, where a desperate situation evolved: two trainloads of cold, hungry passengers and their crews found themselves marooned. For days, an army of the Great Northern Railroad’s most dedicated men worked to rescue the trains, but just when escape seemed possible, the unthinkable occurred-a colossal avalanche tumbled down, sweeping the trains over the steep slope and down the mountainside.
The National Science Foundation has four centers for cybersecurity education. For the West Coast, that hub is in Bellingham, where students learn the important skills necessary to protect American’s electronic infrastructure from hackers. Whatcom’s program is so successful that many students have job offers before they graduate from the two-year program or connect with a related four-year degree at nearby Western Washington University.
Fighting back in a fire-prone region. Eastern Washington communities hit hard by wildfire are pulling together to rebuild their homes, their businesses and their lives.