The Eastern system problems were exactly as Gilles had suspected — pebkac. Problem exists between keyboard and chair. The new admin misconfigured one of the databases to create multiple connections on each new action. It was a rookie mistake that looked a lot like a denial of service attack on the logs. Typical. Most of the actual problems Security dealt with were really just internal incompetence.
Jack spent the rest of the day reading Gilles’ report and writing her responses, with a smattering of commentary on the logs and news of the day. There were no fires to fight today, just like it had been for a few weeks. There hadn’t been any new hiring at the western branch of Bellis lately, so there hadn’t been any noob errors to correct. It was comfortable, if boring.
Quitting time rolled around without any further interruptions from the other inmates; Tony had cornered Ravinder from Finance at one point, but Jack stayed out of their path. She packed her few personal items back into her pockets and after finishing off her report to Gilles, logged out of the Bellis system. The company’s required daily run of Everlock quickly scanned her onboard system, a process which always slightly nauseated her. It was over soon enough, though and she marched out the door to the Security Room. Somewhere, on some log on someone else’s field of vision, the note “TIMESTAMP 0102 UTC — EMP 456873 — EXIT” scrolled up and away.
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