Brisbane, March 8th 1992. South Africa is taking on Pakistan on the 22nd match of the then Benson & Hedges Cricket World Cup.
It’s the 31st over and Brian McMillan is having a last look at his field placing before running in. Inzamam-ul-Haq miss hits the ball and decides to take off for a leg bye. Halfway down the pitch the batsman realises it's a non-starter and attempts to scramble back to safety. However, by this point, 22 year old Jonty Rhodes had already put on his cape, laced up his boots, blew a kiss to Lois Lane and was sprinting in from from point, ball in hand. Superman was on the field! In the next few seconds Rhodes revolutionised fielding in world cricket. Running at full speed, he dived at the stumps with ball in hand and dislodged the bails whilst getting more airtime than a 90's high school hit on public radio. Inzamam-ul-Haq was sent packing as South Africa went on to win the game by 20 runs.
This month is the 25th anniversary of that awe inspiring moment of fielding. As much as it was celebrated, some two weeks later, South Africa faced off against England in the second semi final match. If you are South African, I'll spare you the emotional trauma of reliving the exact events of that game. The conclusion was that South Africa got ejected from the competition due to the infamous Duckworth/Lewis rule. This meant that after short rain delays, the target score was adjusted in such a way that Kepler Wessels' men required an impossible 21 runs of the last ball. Heart breaking as that was for millions of cricket fans back home, it would be an even bigger farce to stir up these old emotions in vain. Let’s see if there isn't an information security takeaway for us hidden somewhere in this emotional rollercoaster that is cricket:
You may be having a good innings, but there are still going to be times when things happen that are out of your control. Unfortunately, 22 year old Jonty Rhodes won’t be standing at backward point ready to fly in and save the day, all the time. New vulnerabilities are being identified in seemingly secure applications on a regular basis. Your own users will often times choose ease of use over security (Yes, the word ‘password’ is still one of the top 10 passwords being used, see Worlds Most Common Passwords)
As with most things in life, the unexpected can happen. You may pride yourself and your team on a good innings thus far, but you never know when some proverbial rain may bowl you over. Do what you can whilst you have the luxury of time on your hands. The team at Foregenix has got some great advice on protecting your online business (http://www.foregenix.com/blog/magento-security-tips-keep-your-online-business-secure) as well as good tips on implementing an incident response plan (http://cybersecurityinsights.foregenix.com/post/102du9t/incident-response-keep-it-simple-stupid)
If your are still reminiscing about the 1992 world cup, watch the magnificent run out by Jonty Rhodes here:
If you want to relive the heartbreak of the England game, read about it below:
"For so important an event to be reduced at times to a lottery must have been a source of great embarrassment to the organisers, though to the best of my knowledge they came nowhere near to admitting it. It is difficult to avoid the impression that the Australian Cricket Board are obliged to defer to television, by which I mean to Mr Packer's Channel Nine and all their delirious ways."