The CIH virus attack last month was a good test for organisations' preparations for possible problems with the millennium date change, according to an industry analyst.
Andy Kyte, Gartner analyst for Year 2000 strategies, said the macro virus attack - which hit some Asian countries badly - provides an opportunity for business continuity teams and others involved in risk management activities for Year 2000 to test an enterprise's sensitivity to failure.
He commented: "CIH related failure was confined to PCs, and therefore cannot indicate what might happen with other failures such as mainframe applications."
"However, risk management teams will be able to derive a useful understanding of what impact Year 2000 problems might have, and how these impacts may be felt on lost supplier efficiency," he said.
Kyte said that, although US and European companies were mainly left unscathed by Melissa, companies in some Asian countries were hit badly, with some reporting tens of thousands of infected PCs.
"Regardless of the underlying cause, tens of thousands of PCs being rendered useless on the same day creates an effect that goes beyond the machines affected. Infected systems that were part of the supply chains passed along a different problem - lost efficiency and degraded customer service levels," he said.
Kyte added that the lack of effect may bode well for the millennium change: "Some enterprises may find significant value in determining that a major IT disaster in Asia can hardly be detected in their supply chains."
Last month the author of the CIH virus was caught by the Chinese authorities. (see Newswire 30 April)
To comment on this story, email [email protected]
Are you paying attention?
Private equity firm Permira only acquired Magento from eBay for $200m three years ago
Before robots can take over from humans, we need more humans
It's not easy not being evil