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​Business resilience – a thing of the past?

​Business resilience – a thing of the past?

Blog posts   •   May 12, 2016 16:52 BST

I have been involved in disaster business resilience since the 1980's. In that time, I’ve seen it go through the phases of disaster recovery, ​business continuity and now business resilience. Y2K (remember that?!) gave it a major boost – then nothing considerable happened. Terror campaigns in the UK and USA then the pandemic 'flu scare in 2006-7 also kept it in the C-suite's mind.

​Figures at your fingertips: A 'starter for ten' to answer the ROI challenge

​Figures at your fingertips: A 'starter for ten' to answer the ROI challenge

Blog posts   •   May 12, 2016 09:44 BST

Let’s be honest, we all get annoyed at the constant challenge to justify our existence. I don’t hold with the commentators who say that ​business continuity is always a cost centre, insurance buy or grudge purchase. It makes me mad... but that’s not difficult.

​BCM and Security: Teaming for cyber events brings real business value

​BCM and Security: Teaming for cyber events brings real business value

Blog posts   •   May 11, 2016 16:09 BST

Preparing for the 'unexpected' is not a new idea. Over the last 50 years, the business continuity industry has grown out of the need to protect businesses from the unexpected and expected interruption. However, when we stop and think about the threats BC professionals must mitigate in today’s BC plans versus 20, 10 or even 5 years ago, all agree there is a new threat landscape.

​Only a quarter of businesses are Brexit ready

​Only a quarter of businesses are Brexit ready

Blog posts   •   May 10, 2016 10:03 BST

With just weeks to go until the referendum on the UK's continued membership of the European Union, a survey of over a thousand senior decision makers across Europe’s three largest economies (Germany, France and the UK) has found that only one in four businesses has developed a clear plan for dealing with the impact of a 'leave vote'.

​Drive return on business continuity planning investment

​Drive return on business continuity planning investment

Blog posts   •   May 09, 2016 16:49 BST

What if your ​business continuity planning (BCP) could actually reduce ongoing costs rather than be just an expensive insurance policy? The key to realizing ongoing value from your BCP, not to mention making a strong case for BCP investment, is to treat it as a means to achieve day-to-day resiliency regardless of whether you ever experience a disaster.

​Business continuity – designing return on investment strategies

​Business continuity – designing return on investment strategies

Blog posts   •   May 06, 2016 16:08 BST

Return on investment… a dilemma for business continuity practitioners. How to demonstrate the value of something that is designed for events which (hopefully) never occur? How to access, then budget, resources, organizational importance and leadership, as this ROI is potentially a part of the 'beauty contest' with resource competing disciplines?

​The value of business continuity: upside risk

​The value of business continuity: upside risk

Blog posts   •   May 05, 2016 11:29 BST

As we take a look at our organizations during ​Business Continuity Awareness Week, perhaps one of the most consistent challenges has been the business case. The definition of value is the cornerstone for clear communication with senior management, and continues to be a quandary. The struggle for definitions in BC, must have us ask: “What is the value of ​business continuity?”

​Educating the educated educator

​Educating the educated educator

Blog posts   •   May 04, 2016 16:11 BST

This year’s theme for Business Continuity Awareness Week is 'return on investment'. As someone who has worked in business continuity in both the public and private sector for over six years I am seeing that the investment in building robust, easy to use and readily available business continuity plans is essential, but nowhere more so than throughout the world of education in the United Kingdom.

6 reasons why you should make a business continuity plan

6 reasons why you should make a business continuity plan

Blog posts   •   May 04, 2016 10:20 BST

If you’re an SME, you’re busy making money and keeping daily business under control. The last thing you need is another task, creating something that you may never need to use. But there are many immediate benefits and important reasons for creating a business continuity plan (BCP).

Business continuity and shoes!

Business continuity and shoes!

Blog posts   •   May 03, 2016 16:50 BST

I would like to present a low cost, continuous improvement model that has proved successful in providing business continuity management to a large organisation and an additional capability that it did not have before.

​The hidden value of business continuity planning: Renewing, reviewing and reinvigorating your business

​The hidden value of business continuity planning: Renewing, reviewing and reinvigorating your business

Blog posts   •   May 03, 2016 10:27 BST

The Business Continuity Institute's recent Horizon Scan Report identifies that cyber attacks are still perceived as the top threat by businesses. Also within the top 10 is concern about supply chain disruption, especially as they are becoming increasingly complex and often transgress international borders. So how does BC help with these very real issues for businesses operating today?

​Business continuity and return on investment

​Business continuity and return on investment

Blog posts   •   Apr 29, 2016 09:45 BST

One of the best ways to attain senior management buy-in, for any project, is a return on investment (ROI) analysis. The same is true for any business continuity management program implementation. Just one problem. With the exception of financial institutions, it is very difficult to show ROI in financial terms (which executives like)

​Why the ‘human factor’ matters in cyber resilience

​Why the ‘human factor’ matters in cyber resilience

Blog posts   •   Apr 27, 2016 16:57 BST

It is hard to get away from the presence and scale of the cyber security threat. The media is full of stories of companies who have been hit by a data breach. UK government figures from the Information Security Breaches Survey 2015 indicate that the average cost of the most severe online security breaches range from £1.5 to £3.1 million for big business and from £75,000 to £311,000 for SMEs.

The justification for business continuity

The justification for business continuity

Blog posts   •   Apr 26, 2016 14:13 BST

The earthquake in Ecuador has left me thinking about how many of the country’s businesses will survive and if many of them had business continuity plans in place? As quickly as details of the incident came onto the TV, they seem to have vanished again, as the news circus moves on to the deaths of Victoria Wood and Prince.

Cyber security: Do you leave your keys in plain sight?

Cyber security: Do you leave your keys in plain sight?

Blog posts   •   Apr 21, 2016 16:49 BST

​Sometimes when I visit banks I find myself looking at scribbled Post-it notes containing user name and password attached to PCs. I may also see a neatly typed record of the key code necessary to access a secure gate or door within easy sight of any external visitor.

Blue swans

Blue swans

Blog posts   •   Apr 18, 2016 15:23 BST

We know that black swans exist so we should not be surprised if we come across one, although many of you, like me, have never seen one. In the same way there have been a couple of events in the last couple of weeks which point me to the possibility of blue swans being out there.

​Seven tips for cyber exercises

​Seven tips for cyber exercises

Blog posts   •   Apr 15, 2016 10:17 BST

Organisations are increasingly focused on understanding the impacts a cyber attack could have on their operations and reputation. Many are now using cyber scenarios in their crisis exercises to test and validate their assumptions on how they would respond and reflect on the unique challenges a cyber attack could bring.

Ransomware attacks continue on US hospitals

Ransomware attacks continue on US hospitals

Blog posts   •   Apr 14, 2016 09:30 BST

The 30th March was both World Back-up Day and the third day of the (suspected) largest-yet hospital ransomware attack in the United States. At the time of this writing, ten hospitals in and around Washington DC, serving hundreds of thousands of patients, are still struggling to recover after suffering an apparent ransomware attack on Monday.

​To be, or not to be?

​To be, or not to be?

Blog posts   •   Apr 01, 2016 16:06 BST

An organisation with a clear business continuity management strategy, defined objectives, careful planning, relevant training, and inspirational leadership is more likely to succeed and survive a crisis. As John F Kennedy said: "There are risks and costs to a programme of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction".

Perfuming the pig!

Perfuming the pig!

Blog posts   •   Mar 29, 2016 16:33 BST

Anyone can write a business continuity plan. In fact that’s the easy bit. And it’s just as easy to make the plan look very convincing. A few names and contact details, a smattering of checklists and a bit of blurb at the start about how seriously we take business continuity in our organisation can work wonders.