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Adapting to the Security Threat of Climate Change

Adapting to the Security Threat of Climate Change

Business continuity plans that address natural and manmade disasters can help turn a cataclysmic business event into a minor slowdown.

Climate change is a generational risk with profound implications to alter not just our physical world but our digital world, too. While not traditionally associated as a cybersecurity risk, the accelerating frequency, severity, and significance of climate change and extreme weather have left a devastating toll on individuals, businesses, and the critical infrastructure connecting the world. With staff facing reduced capacity and readiness and impaired IT and security controls, hackers have a larger attack surface to target.

Facing this growing threat, IT and cybersecurity teams should work with leaders across their organization to develop a robust business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plan that includes climate and extreme weather-related events. While no silver bullet, having a documented set of procedures and actions can help turn a cataclysmic business event into just a minor slowdown.

Factoring in Economic, Social Challenges

Over the last three decades, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other extreme weather events have exposed the fragility of entire communities. We are constantly reminded of communities at risk of being wiped out or experiencing power outages that leave businesses, governments, and individuals in the dark for days, weeks, or longer.

With the growing reliance on digital technology and the innate dependency on suddenly fragile data centers and power grids, strategies for managing these climate risks must be part of any organization's business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plan. If organizations don't plan for these risks, the economic and social costs of inaction could be overwhelming.

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