In the middle of a disaster is the worst possible time to discover that the backups won’t load, the cloud service provider can’t be reached, the firewall has a leak, and the one guy with all the key passwords is at a no-phones-allowed yoga retreat.
According to A.N. Ananth, CEO of cybersecurity firm EventTracker, there are about 1.4 million fires a year in the US — but the number of cyber incidents is 30 times higher.
Too often, cybersecurity preparedness is a checklist. Are there backups? Check. Is there a firewall? Check. Is there off-site cloud failover? Check. Is there a disaster preparedness plan? Check.
But until those systems are tested under real-world conditions — or as close to them as possible — you won’t know that everything works the way it’s intended to.