The interruption of business due to nefarious man-made acts represent a direct threat to the life blood of your operations. In the event of an EMP attack, every piece of electronic equipment would be damaged beyond repair – software would malfunction, data would be corrupted, and electronic equipment rendered useless. This is why critical infrastructure businesses, such as those in the areas of telecommunications, financial services, security services, power generation, oil and gas production, public health, and transportation need advanced EMP protection to avoid a terminal outcome.
Business Segments At Risk
Mission-Critical Businesses Need Protection
|Telecommunications play an increasingly important role in the world’s economy and in all public safety systems, making it a large part of the world’s gross domestic product. An EMP attack would severely impact the world’s effective capacity to exchange information through two-way telecommunication networks, including cable service, landline telephones, and cellular phones. As a result, it would be impossible for civilians to communicate and for the police, fire, military, and governmental agencies to operate.
||The majority of stock trading takes place electronically, and the trading of currencies and bonds is largely on a bilateral basis, although some bonds trade directly on a stock exchange. In the event of an EMP, all electronic systems designed to maintain trade would crash. This would have an irreparable impact on the world’s financial exchanges and organizations that facilitate financial securities trading, such as the stock exchange and/or commodity exchange.
|Should an EMP occur, the electrical power industry could not sufficiently support the critical infrastructure in a region. Depending upon the extent of the attack, generating, switching, and control operations could be damaged or destroyed, leaving military, hospitals, and first responders without the ability to function. It would also create substantial price and volume risk for any deregulated electricity market in which there is high price volatility at times of peak demand and supply shortages.
||A regional EMP would shut down the control module in all transportation devices including automobiles, trucks, trains, and airplanes and leave them completely inoperable. This would severely impact any business’ ability to ship food, medical supplies, and products, which are essential to the domestic and international economic system. In addition, consumers would be unable to travel by land, sea, or air.
||Oil and Gas Industry
|An EMP attack would disrupt or destroy the electric utility grid, disable stand-by power generators, and destroy the sensitive medical electronics used for diagnosis, treatment, and sustaining life. We would have no ability to inhibit or fight disease. In addition, the EMP would impede the services of healthcare professions, including environmental and occupational health, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, psychology, social work, hospital administration, health record administration, nutrition, engineering, science, veterinary, health information technology, and other health-related fields.
||An EMP event would render drilling, pumping, and safety systems useless leading to a total failure in all oil and gas platforms. It would also destroy the SCADA systems that control the refinery plants, disable the trucks that deliver the fuel, disable the pumps that charge the pipelines, and cut off communication throughout the production chain, thus leaving the region without fuel or ability to create a future fuel supply.