The Negative Effects And Cost Of Internet And Power Outage

The Negative Effects And Cost Of Internet And Power Outage

Many every day, critical systems such as our GPS, electricity grids, and financial markets are almost completely automated. The world depends on IT, so it’s no secret that when systems fail it affects people and businesses. Unexpected power outages could lead to scenarios from which could be difficult to recover. Over half of businesses need more than one hour to recover a crashed application, costing over $10,000 for every hour of downtime. By making sure your business is prepared to eliminate downtime in the more-than-inconvenient event of a power outage, you could be helping reduce the potential losses that occur.

As we each become more involved with the internet of things, even our homes are at risk of the negative effects of a power outage, internet outage, or software outage. Our lighting, appliances, entertainment, and security systems could all stop unexpectedly working, leaving us to wonder how we became so reliant on technology.

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Our computers are our convenient friends that do the repetitive tasks that bore us, and they are quickly adopting new skills to make other things easier. For decades, computers have been literally beating us at our own games. In 1962, a computer won against checkers master Robert Nealy. Other champions in Jeopardy, Texas Hold’Em, and even reading comprehension test have also had to take second place to our technology. Tech is able to adopt human skills such as pattern-recognition, language, and creativity as if it has a brain of its own. As the capabilities of technology expands, so does our reliance on it.

With how much we rely on technology, system monitoring is more important than ever. Our technology advances at an exponential rate and it’s making it hard for us to keep up. Hopefully our computers will continue to advance and one day be able to maintain themselves, but until then it’s our job to keep our technology secure. Security attacks often mimic notifications to trick us, leading to the 95% of cybersecurity breaches that are the result of human error. Some common subjects used in these sneaky, and unfortunately successful, phishing attempts are toll violation notifications, required invoices, and updated building evacuation plans. With almost half of businesses not updating their security in over three years, it’s time to find a monitoring system that is accessible and affordable.

Many large companies may be able to pay for protection, but small to medium sized companies remain vulnerable. You can attain security with infrastructure monitoring. This allows you to monitor your servers, receive notifications, keep IoT devices at peak performance, and receive quick alerts to downtime so you can start fixing your problem immediately. Learn more about how to keep your tech safe and running smoothly from the infographic below.

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Jacob Wolinsky is the founder of, a popular value investing and hedge fund focused investment website. Jacob worked as an equity analyst first at a micro-cap focused private equity firm, followed by a stint at a smid cap focused research shop. Jacob lives with his wife and four kids in Passaic NJ. - Email: jacob(at) - Twitter username: JacobWolinsky - Full Disclosure: I do not purchase any equities anymore to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and because at times I may receive grey areas of insider information. I have a few existing holdings from years ago, but I have sold off most of the equities and now only purchase mutual funds and some ETFs. I also own a few grams of Gold and Silver

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