My first weblog request - technohazard symbol
Posted by aogWednesday, 22 September 2004 at 19:02 TrackBack Ping URL

It’s time for me to ask for some help out there.

She Who Is Perfect In All Ways will be teaching a class at the local University next semester on computer security. She plans to have an “isolation laboratory” where the students will interact with live threatware such as viruses, worms, etc. One of the points of the lab is to teach students about informational hygiene and to that end she’d like to use procedures similar to biohazard ones (e.g. no digital media leaves the lab, things that “touch” contaminated things are also contaminated, etc.). What I’d like is any references or suggestions for a “technohazard” symbol in the same vein as the biohazard symbol. As far as I know there is no such thing, but I’m more of a systems than a security person. SWIPIAW is a security expert and she didn’t know of any either. This means that suggestions from the artistically inclined would be appreciated (I am a man of many talents, but I am not even remotely talented at visual artistry).

I think it’s a fascinating subject. When we talked about the required procedures it was clear to me that there were strong parallels to biologically hazardous material procedures, the primary difference being the infectious agent vectors. The strongest one is that you don’t think about whether something is contaminated — if it’s possible that it is contaminated, then it must be treated as being contaminated. The lab has to be isolated (electronically rather than physically), there must be decontamination procedures, etc. Finally something that will make computer science cool.