The Fastrack, Inc. computer system is protected by a firewall constructed by the preternaturally gifted Samantha Argus. It still takes my breath away each time I break down the inner workings of its code, as it’s staggering in its elegance and adaptability. She updates it weekly, leaving Chelonia and I able to focus on managing the system without worrying about threats from outside. I guess I should be glad that she’s not planning a career in programming, but in scientific research! (Her father Donald tells me she’s working in genetics, so I can only imagine what she’ll come up with when she applies her genius to that field.)
An impenetrable firewall, however, doesn’t mean the information stored in our servers is totally protected. That’s due to one thing beyond our control: our fellow humans. One disgruntled employee can turn even the best safeguards into a Maginot Line. Wendy, Chelonia and I keep telling this to Ms. Trellis, but she can’t wrap her head around the concept of ruling through something besides intimidation. Thus, the threat persists.
Dethany tried to get though to her by leaving a single shoe in her office. When Ms. Trellis asked what it was, Dethany said it was The Other Shoe That’s Going To Drop. Ms. Trellis didn’t get it.