Kim Komando shares some preparation tips that can help individuals better endure a major Cyberattack

There’s a cyberattack coming, and it’s going to be a big one. Whether it’s an attack on the power grid, air traffic control, the stock market, a weakness we haven’t found yet, or all of the above, you can count on serious confusion and chaos to result. Just so we’re clear, I’m telling you this so you can prepare, not panic. That way when a digital Paul Revere starts yelling, “The hackers are coming! That hackers are coming!” you won’t be taken by surprise.  First, let’s talk about the scope of the problem. We’ve known for years that America’s infrastructure isn’t as robust as it should be.

Back in 2003, for example, a large portion of the American northeast and some of Canada was blacked out thanks to a minor software bug at an electrical station. Combine that with older hardware across the board and lax security, and a hacker could easily knock out power stations at will. In fact, back in January, the Department of Defense accidentally released an 800-page document on the Aurora Project. It was a detailed analysis of how hackers could take down the U.S. power grid and water systems. It wasn’t very comforting, especially combined with the report that an attack on the power grid could cost the U.S. up to $1 trillion.

A few key advanced preparation ideas are listed on page 4

1. For longer-distance communication, you might think about keeping a landline and a phone that doesn’t rely on power. Landlines tend to be fairly bulletproof in disasters. Here are some more reasons to keep a landline.

2. Of course, you’ll want to stockpile standards like canned food, water, spare batteries and a first aid items. Your home emergency kit should be enough to get you through at least 30 days.

3. Make sure you have important documents, your passport and some cash, since credit and debit cards might not work for a while. If you have important documents as digital files on your computer, print them out and store them in a safe location. You might not be able to get to them in a crisis.

4. You’ll want to keep up with what’s going on, and radio is the most likely thing to be working. Most radio stations have backup generators, and there are thousands of private operators who will be broadcasting as well.

5. Keeping a basic radio handy is good, but you can also grab an emergency radio that includes a hand crank, solar charger, and the ability to charge other gadgets.