Ahhh…the jolting sound that sometimes interrupts our prime-time television programming: This is a test. For the next thirty seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test.
Though they are prickly interruptions, we tolerate these tests because they are brief and, perhaps most importantly, we understand that should a real emergency occur, the Emergency Broadcasting System (EBS) would keep us informed. As it should, system testing takes place before an actual emergency to ensure that notifications function properly before the need is dire. In the same way, emergency preparedness for a cyberattack should occur before an attack happens. This blog will concentrate on testing your emergency plan in advance of an attack and analyzing your established insurance policies to see if you would be covered for inevitable financial costs associated with such an attack.
The EBS and its predecessor notification programs have been operating almost the same way since 1951. When we take a look at why, several underlying principles become apparent:
- It’s critical to anticipate a wide variety of potential disasters.
- It’s important to have plans in place to deal with such disasters before they occur.
- It’s critical that the plans can be implemented in a timely fashion to minimize loss.
- It’s crucial to get people’s attention, so the established plans are repeatedly tested.