As an avid fan of the small screen, I like to be in the know about the latest and greatest shows on TV. True, I was somewhat late to the party in catching on to Homeland, Downton and House – but who’s judging? Contrary to form though, I appear to be one step ahead, this week discovering a show – ‘Blackout’ – that is yet to be broadcast and no-one in the JK office had heard about.
Now why, you might ask, am I writing about a new Channel 4 show on a tech PR blog? Well, my cynical friends, docudrama ‘Blackout’ looks at the after effects of a cyber-attack on the UK national grid. This programme has it all – drama, chaos, heartache – and has all the makings of a small screen replication of Die Hard 4.0. Bruce Willis it may not be, but it still sounds amazing.
Over the past few years, numerous stories have hit the headlines highlighting the real and very present threat of cyber-attacks. The discovery of Stuxnet and Flame viruses and the devastating impact these could have on critical infrastructure if poor security practices were in place, acted as eye openers for the industry. The threat isn’t just to our digital data any more, it’s now so sophisticated that it can impact the physical world as well and that’s something the industry needs to take note of.
The creation of this one off programme is sure to highlight this and I hope will have the positive effect of making society and industry more aware of the dangers of cyber-threats out there. In the meantime, make sure you set your timers for what is sure to be an epic programme. I know I have!