Understanding the impact of EM disruption
Electromagnetic (EM) disruption denies the availability or disrupts the functional performance of the complex digital infrastructures that organisations depend upon to function. Many of these needs are now highly time critical and the tolerance to disruption is small.
The impact of EM disruption should therefore be viewed as business critical and is amplified to those of a cyber or physical attack by the fact it cannot be detected by traditional security measures.
Business impact can be measured at a number of critical levels:
Regulatory: Inability to detect, identify and report on EM disruption carries regulatory risk
Operational: Loss of operational capability or inability restore operations effectively
Commercial: Significant impact to commercial performance and internal investment strategy
Reputational: Uncontrollable negative impact to brand reputation and consumer trust
To mitigate impact, its critical that a business understands its resilience and recovery strategy and includes EM disruption within its overall cyber-physical resilience approach.
Doing so will ensure it is best placed to proactively manage against threats rather than reactively manage crisis.