Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lights Out by: Ted Koppel

In this tour de force of investigative reporting, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared. Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before.
Ted Koppel did an amazing job writing this book. He talks about a lot of different people, explaining exactly who they are and what their title/job is. I learned a lot about our electrical systems, how they connect coast to coast. The fact that they are in need of desperate updating, however, there is no possible way to accomplish this. The equipment is too large to transport from overseas, and we do not have the equipment or resources to build them here in the US. This just blows my mind. I guess I never realized how much the railways were such a commodity to shipping in the United States. A cyberattack is very real, and very possible. The millions of dollars that some of these Fortune 500 companies spend on cyber security, and it is still not 100%. All it takes in one moment of security breach, and the hackers are in. To think that this could happen is horrifying in itself. Knowing that our own Government has no clue as how to fix a widespread cyberattack outage, and only a regional one. As many important individuals that Ted had spoken with, it seems he would have found the answer that we all look for, and yet only a couple people (who are important, yet not listened to) knows a solution. The families that were interviewed that live out west, seem to have a good plan in case this could ever happen. It makes me want to start buying water, food, and supplies. This book was a very good read. and it also gives the reader a huge moment of clarity. You never know what tomorrow will bring. Very well written, and extremely easy to follow. I received this book from Blogging For Books in return for my 100% honest opinion. These opinions and thoughts are mine. Can be purchased here:

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