Loss of power or connectivity

There are very few businesses nowadays that don’t have a touchpoint within the 'Internet of Things' (IoT), if not several.

The IoT has brought internet connectivity to all sorts of everyday objects in the workplace that previously never required it to function and it has introduced new items designed to improve performance and/or protect workers or property, such as technology designed to monitor remote workers. Consequently, modern organisations need to think beyond traditional devices and machinery, like desktop computers and manufacturing plant, when considering what sort, and the extent, of disruption that could result from a loss of power supply or internet connectivity.

Power cuts would’ve been the primary source of concern regarding the usability of machinery and computers in the past, but in the Digital Age, while power supply is still a prominent issue, there is a lot more to prepare for, such as problems involving:

  • third party data centres;
  • web-hosting suppliers;
  • financial transactions; and
  • ransomware, 'denial of service' (DoS) and similar online attacks.
Traditional perils, such as fire, flood and theft, also apply to power supplies and internet access and need just as much consideration in business continuity and disaster recovery plans as the new threats.
Identify the key functions in your business and work out the damage that interruption could do.
A lot of the dangers that can cause your business to lose power or connectivity, and what you can do to mitigate them, are covered by risk topic pages throughout this website, such as:
Cyber threats
Data management
Electrical installations
Gaseous fire suppression
Lightening and power surges
Passive fire protection
Water damage
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