How will firms react to a major ‘cyber shutdown’ or hacking/malware attack?
That’s the question behind SafeAmerica conducting a global cyber exercise during the October WorldSafe Summit.
“Our goal is to help business and community leaders evaluate how to handle a major catastrophic event –whether it’s an interruption in the Internet or something directed at a specific function like financial transactions or the power grid,” Len Pagano observed. “We hear so much about malware – and how hacking is going to be disruptive to our society – that we want to enhance awareness of solutions and practice how business, government and everyday individuals can respond and recover.”
The exercise will feature Avalanche TTX, a unique scenario training software developed by Avalias. The software can be used for all types of scenarios including cyber, active shooter, emergency response, business continuity testing etc., and can be applied to improve resilience at a strategic or operational level.
Avalias CEO Harold Wolpert, an Australian exercise and training expert, says he hopes the drill will lead to an annual event that can eventually involve hundreds of companies worldwide. “Protecting our society today requires a ‘cyber safety plan’ at a much higher level,” Wolpert noted. “Through this exercise and the WorldSafe Initiative we hope to engage an ongoing task force that will work to promote ongoing exercises, drills and standards that will protect every society from being shut down.”
Heading the Safe America task force planning the exercise is Jessica Robinson, co-author of “Mission Unstoppable” and owner of the #1 company for women-led and/or owned businesses and organizations and winner of the JCI Philippines-New York ICON of IMPACT Award for International Affairs and Women’s Security, believes the exercise will help bridge the gap for greater physical and cyber security. She noted that the October program is part of a ‘Cycurity’ program being developed by Safe America under its WorldSafe initiative.
“Our goal is to engage people in North America, Europe, and Asia – and, both women and men,” Ms. Robinson noted. “we have a unique mission to help bridge the gap between physical and cyber safety – pairing the natural perspective of safety with the emerging risks we all see as personally and professionally critical.”