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Get Yourself Stress Tested

Main Image Credit With Western society relying on power and the internet for daily life, an extended disruption would have severe consequences Courtesy of larshallstrom/

Ordinary citizens in Western countries are under-prepared to deal with extended disruptions to power or the internet. To strengthen resilience to greyzone attacks, societies should start stress testing themselves.

During rush hour on 9 August of this year, power suddenly went out across the UK. Airports, railway stations and approximately one million homes went dark. The power cut was being fixed after a mere 15 minutes, but even so caused enormous disruption. It became front-page news. Armed forces exercise constantly to test their response to crises, from power cuts to invasions. Banks and other businesses and organisations also test their responses, to ensure they could keep

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