US Offender Monitoring System Goes Offline Because Someone Didn't Realize They Ran Out Of Storage

from the are-you-serious? dept

Apparently the system that tracks sex offenders and paroled prisoners and other convicts via electronic tags was totally unreachable for about 12 hours last week, because no one at the company who ran the system, BI, apparently noticed that they had run out of space on their servers. "In retrospect, we should have been able to catch this," claimed a spokesperson for the company. You think? While the data as to their whereabouts was still collected, and the people being tracked were unaware of the lack of monitoring while it was happening, it still makes you wonder why so many governments trust such a system to a company that can't even monitor when they're running out of data storage space.
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    Berenerd (profile), 11 Oct 2010 @ 8:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Well that bytes.

    Many companies have their hands on criminal infomation. it requires being DoD certified and DoJ certified (which is difficult for an entire company to get certified. single people not so hard.)

    but seriously, I have worked mostly with HP servers and some IBM servers as well as an old digital unix box. ALL of them with internal software alerted you with the lack of drive space. you could get emails, pages, or even phone calls with pre-recorded messages. No excuse for running out of space. I was a contractor for one company with my last job where I would get alerts if they dropped below a Terabyte of hard drive space (1 TB would give them 3 days to add more or clean up). i would get paged then notify their CEO. He would then choose for me to come in and add space (new ranks with SANs) or their IT people would run a disk cleanup of sorts.

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