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May 21, 2015

Network Security History Minute: A Tale from the On-Call Pager

Regional Systems Engineer

Jason has been fascinated by anything that goes beep since the Atari 2600. He is responsible for helping customers understand and deploy the Illumio Adaptive Security Platform.

It’s true: I have been in the IT field long enough to have carried an on-call pager. For those lucky enough not to recall “beepers” and the obnoxious noise they created, they were small, playing card–sized devices primarily carried by doctors. You can still see them in many movies of the 1980s and early 1990s. 

For IT professionals—well, at least for me—carrying the on-call pager was a source of anticipatory anxiety, increased blood pressure, and sleepless nights. Yes, it was that bad.

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Adaptive Security, Data Center Operations