In this digital age, every company is interested in hiring new talent as it is more skilled to use the automated tools. Meaning those who are above 50 should either work for a very less pay or consider retirement…..isn’t it?
But the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack that took place in May this year and the latest Kaseya Ransomware attack suggests that the need for manual operations is still in demand and those skills can only be got from the veterans generation who are above 50-60 in age.
The value of veterans was revealed to the world when some retirees helped Norwegian Company Norsk Hydro remain in business through manual operations as most of their IT infrastructure became inoperable because of a file encrypting malware attack that crippled most of its automated operations.
United States Military department has taught its sailors celestial navigation just in case if their digital flying manuals get knocked off through sophisticated attacks.
Therefore, should countries and national leaders should think about this issue?
Well, it can act as a back-up plan that will help economies and societies flourish robustly and with immense sustenance.
UK Government has already made a step ahead as it has announced a plan to establish ‘Civilian Reserve’ where an experts panel is always available to bail out companies or sectors from all kinds of digital crisis.
An integrated review was done on the issue and a notification on which sectors will be covered was issued in March 2021. And as per the notification issued on an official note, experienced analogue workers will be available to help security, defense, development and foreign policy sectors on 24×7 basis to boost resiliency of UK’s critical digital infrastructure from September 2022.