After Disaster, Trucks, Tokens Power Financial Transactions
Large financial firms that lost employees and office space in Tuesday's disaster in New York were able to carry on business from "mirrored" sites and have ordered new copies of information security software that is used to add customers to prLarge financial firms that lost employees and office space in Tuesdays disaster in New York were able to carry on business from "mirrored" sites and have ordered new copies of information security software that is used to add customers to proprietary data networks. Secure Computing, a San Jose security software firm, said many of its customers - financial firms headquartered in lower Manhattan - had to switch to the mirrored sites the firms maintain internally. The switch happened automatically as facilities inside the World Trade Center towers were reduced to rubble: When the buildings went down, with them went many servers tied into proprietary networks handing financial transactions, like wire transfers. Though they refused to identify the firm, Secure Computing execs said one customer runs $70 billion in transactions each day.
Secure Computing helps large financial corporations develop such mirroring scenarios, which include the use of its software application, SafeWord, to generate one-time-use passwords known as tokens. While the technology was developed to maintain business availability in case of a server outage, it seems to be handling the World Trade Center disaster without glitches. Mirror sites reroute the financial traffic to other offices; SafeWord generates the passwords.