The painful reality is that our power utilities aren’t as reliable as we want to believe, and their facilities are vulnerable to attack. It’s time for organizations to actively mitigate and plan for disruptions of electricity and natural gas.
Over the past few years, the warnings and incidents have become progressively more frequent and alarming:
Here is what you can do to dial up your power resilience:
When the above steps are completed and equipment is in place:
Finally, update your plan as your priority systems and power needs change, and based on experience with outages.
After a disruption or emergency occurs, it’s tempting to suspend some routine protocols, procedures and standards to recover as quickly as possible. It is often prudent and effective to do so but recovery teams should be mindful that cutting the wrong corners can increase risk, worsen the situation and increase recovery time.
The most serious risk to your organization isn’t malware, supply chain disruption, pandemic or any other event. Ironically, your biggest risk is your inability to adequately recover from multiple simultaneous disruptions. In the past few years, business and society have adapted to various ‘new normals’, and one of those is disruptions layered one on another and another.