The 99.999 Percent Cybersecurity Problem
Near-perfection is a lofty goal, one utilities strive for. “Five nines” has become, it’s said, the “holy grail” of reliability: Under this scenario, customers have service 99.999 percent of the time, with outages averaging only about five minutes per year. Now, that's service.
A major telephone company set this standard, boasting of its 99.999-percent reliability. Now, some are calling for “five nines” service from Internet providers and websites.
Perhaps we should ask how cybersecurity, too, might achieve this standard. How can our industry protect data with near-perfect reliability, especially as an ever-growing number of “connected” devices join the global data network?