In the previous article, we saw that David Breashears asked a series of questions and acted on the answers, which was responsible for saving his life and that of his team.
What we saw were two teams faced with similar circumstances.
One team took the necessary precautions that saved their lives, while the other team made decisions that resulted in death.
The key was the leaders of both teams handled the situation differently.
This ended up becoming the determining factor between survival for one team and death for the other.
Rob Hall faced with a disappointed client, changed his plans and returned to the summit despite the inherent risk.
David Breashears, faced with disappointed clients, stood his grounds and ordered their descend despite how his clients felt.
Climbing Everest is not something people do every day, except of course the tour guides.
People plan for months, sometimes years to attempt the climb.
Therefore, to be at peeping view of the summit and be told to retreat is very disappointing.
David knew how disappointing his team would had been with his decision to descend.
But as a leader, it was his responsibility to make the tough call despite the feelings in his camp.
Will You Make the Tough Decision to Advert Cyber Attack?
Investing in cyber security countermeasures, especially low tech cyber security countermeasure such as penetration testing, can be a difficult decision for most executives to make.
Even if executives made the decision to invest in cyber security countermeasures, the majority will prefer to invest in technology.
The prevailing wisdom is that technology solves every problem.
Cyber attack takes place in organisations that are completely reliant on technology as their cyber security countermeasure.
As effective as technology is, it has to be backed up with penetration testing in order for it to be complete.
Penetration testing provides organisations the opportunity to identify vulnerabilities in their network before hackers spot them.
In the process of penetration testing, a penetration tester attacks your network just as it would have been attacked by a hacker.
If the penetration tester is able to use penetration testing to access your network, it means hackers can do the same.
Penetration testing can appear expensive for some organisation, but the reality is, it is an investment that every progressive organisation cannot afford not to make.
You are faced with a decision similar to the one Rob and David faced on Everest.
Choose who you would like to be.