Visa has gone to a security extreme – self-reliant systems at its new East Coast (apparently) data center shielded by a “moat” – to protect its cardholders and itself, and we certainly wish them well with the center’s operation at a “nondescript” site, as reported by The Register in the UK. There’s been altogether too much news of security breeches lately, topped possibly by hackers stealing contact information on 76 million J.P. Morgan customers. (But there, of course, the intrustion was by wires, not via roadways.)
Whatever Visa’s ultimate odds of success may be, their intentions at the new center are certainly worthy ones. It’s going to take intrepid defenses, indeed, to protect the U.S. economy against hacker zealots. The new center, says The Register, “packs sufficient redundant systems that Visa thinks it could run for a week without any contact from the outside world, other than data feeds.” Its those data feeds, however, the wires to the site, that might be the very cause for lingering apprehension. We hope not, but, for better or worse, today’s is a wired world.
(Photo: Inside Visa’s new Operations Center East)