Everyone can benefit from a security risk assessment – even the Dark Side of the Force.
Star Wars is an ideal example of how failing to notice and address security risks can have huge – even fatal – consequences.
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”
In Episode IV – A New Hope, the Galactic Empire fails to utilize the basic advantages of a security risk assessment. This mistake eventually costs them the Death Star.
The Rebel Alliance, you see, gets its hands on a computer program and analyzes it to find a weakness in the Death Star’s shield.
In the movie, character Admiral Motti refuses to believe the Death Star is anything but invulnerable. He dismisses the threat of the Rebel Alliance, declaring, “Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they’ve obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe.”
With no risk assessment in place, the Empire doesn’t strike back; it sits back. Luke Skywalker is able to use the uncovered weakness to destroy the whole thing.
How Could A Security Risk Assessment Have Changed the Story?
In many ways. In all scenarios, the Death Star would maintain its shields, perhaps preventing the Rebel Alliance from taking down the Empire.
With a security risk assessment in place, Admiral Motti and the rest of the Empire would’ve known about that fatal flaw in the design of the Death Star. They could have taken immediate action to prevent Luke Skywalker exploiting that weakness.
The Empire would also have known that their defenses were not as strong as they had initially believed. They learned the hard way that even projects and networks that appear to be completely secure can be anything but, especially when an intruder is relentless.
While we hope that your business is not a Death Star, you can still learn from the failings of the Empire. Star Wars would have been a very different story if the Empire had been prepared. Your company’s trajectory can alter drastically, too, if you work to find flaws and threats now. Without conducting a risk assessment, you will never know if you’re sitting on top of a bomb waiting to explode.
It’s better to know what risks and threats are out there than to stick your head in the sand. Unfortunately for Admiral Motti, speaking confidently and saying that everything will be okay, does not make everything okay.
When you are informed, you can make good decisions. One of those decisions is to set up plans that could one day save your business from catastrophe. A security risk assessment is a brilliant way to identify problems. It will also help you by setting them out in a way that is thankfully impossible to ignore, but also much easier to deal with.
So call us today at Qsource Networks and we’ll get you started on that assessment.