Will Technology ever fail you? (IT Toolbox Blogs)

Technology is now everywhere.  It’s in your pocket, on your desk, in your automobile, heck it’s even in your coffee maker these days.  For the most part, this is a good thing because technology helps us with convenience and efficiency (why we’re still so busy is another blog post all together).

 

For a lot of us, we continue to look for ways to implement more technology into our lives.  From time to time I have IF This Then That send me daily suggestions of recipes that I could use.  I finally killed that after the 74th suggestion for a recipe that notifies me that an astronaut is orbiting overhead.  But there are a lot of ways that bringing on new technology is really cool and fun.

 

In the fun category we started hooking up our Amazon Echo to our light switches so now we can ask Alexa to turn on/off the lights in the house.  It seems especially decadent to do that while standing literally next to the wall switch.

 

I’m sure you can think of ways that you are using, or want to use, technology to make your life flow more easily.  I don’t know what your stories are, but I’ll assume they’re similar to mine.

 

Have you ever thought about what you would do if one particular technology suddenly failed you?  I remember reading an article a year or two ago about a guy who had his house totally wired with web based technologies.  Then one day his internet went out.  Almost nothing in his house seemed to work.  He was accustomed to doing many things with his voice, and had everything optimized so he could literally walk around his house and almost talk to it like a friend.  Needless to say, he felt completely lost and trapped for 4 hours while he waited for his internet to come back (how do you notify your ISP if your internet is down – your cell phone is probably the only thing that would work…)

 

At my work, we provide web-based software to our clients – just like almost every other software provider in the world.  But we take time to talk to them to go over “downtime procedures”.  What they need to do if they can’t use our system (It’s healthcare, so that means they can’t read patient records, which is tough in a hospital).  

 

It doesn’t have to be our software’s fault they are in Downtime Procedures.  It could be an internet issue. or a firewall issue (or general networking failure) on their side.  We know, however, that however unlikely it is, we need them to be ready in case the worst happens.

 

So I’ll ask you, have you thought about what to do if  your technology fails?  Perhaps on a rainy day here soon (I’m sorry if you live in the southwest, you’ll have to burn a sunny day) it would be good to think about what would you do, how long would you last, if your favorite, or most important technology suddenly went down.

 

The odds are low, but if it happens, while everyone is freaking out, you’ll have a plan in place to move forward.

 

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Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ May 1, 2017 at 10:15AM

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