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Poor IT habits putting small businesses at risk

Poor IT habits putting small businesses at risk

News   •   Jun 23, 2017 10:18 BST

​One in ten small business owners and employees are regularly putting the security of their data at risk by sharing confidential files on personal devices, or sending documents to personal rather than work emails. This demonstrates a significant lapse in data security among the UK’s five million plus small businesses.

Cyber criminals exploiting human weakness to make their gains

Cyber criminals exploiting human weakness to make their gains

News   •   Jun 22, 2017 16:49 BST

Cyber attackers are relying more than ever on exploiting people instead of software flaws, as a study by ​Proofpoint has found that more than 90% of malicious email messages featuring nefarious URLs led users to credential phishing pages, and almost all (99%) email-based financial fraud attacks relied on human clicks rather than automated exploits to install malware.

Climate change will increase fire risk

Climate change will increase fire risk

News   •   Jun 22, 2017 09:32 BST

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has claimed that climate change is greatly increasing the likelihood of devastating wildfires, such as the one that burned its way across Portugal last weekend but is now reported to be under control.

Another step closer to Brexit

Another step closer to Brexit

Blog posts   •   Jun 21, 2017 16:13 BST

​Almost a year to the day since the referendum took place that will ultimately lead to the United Kingdom exiting the European Union, the negotiations have finally begun on how this divorce will take place and what future relationship will exist between the two.

Cost of data breaches declining globally

Cost of data breaches declining globally

News   •   Jun 21, 2017 12:53 BST

The average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million globally, a 10% decrease from the 2016 results, according to IBM's latest Cost of Data Breach Study, conducted in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute. This is the first time since the global study was created that there has been an overall decrease in the cost. On average, these data breaches cost companies $141 per lost or stolen record.

Understanding the legal obligations behind business continuity

Understanding the legal obligations behind business continuity

News   •   Jun 21, 2017 09:14 BST

​Why do we have business continuity management programmes? Is it because we want to make sure our organizations have the capability to respond to a disruption? Probably yes! It is common sense that we would want to be prepared for any future crisis.

Unforeseen technical fault forces Tesco to cancel home deliveries

Unforeseen technical fault forces Tesco to cancel home deliveries

News   •   Jun 20, 2017 15:45 BST

It may not be have been as disruptive or anywhere near as costly as the ​IT outage that affected BA just a few weeks ago, but many people are still suffering the consequences of an "unforeseen technical fault" that caused Tesco, the world's third most profitable retailer, to cancel a large number of its home deliveries in the UK.

​Preparing for Brexit with ISO 22316

​Preparing for Brexit with ISO 22316

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2017 11:14 BST

As the UK prepares to exit the European Union, John Robinson considers whether the organisational resilience Standard can help companies manage the potential fall-out.

Join us for the launch of the 2017 BCI Cyber Resilience Report

Join us for the launch of the 2017 BCI Cyber Resilience Report

News   •   Jun 19, 2017 17:04 BST

Join us for a breakfast briefing where we will launch the 2017 Cyber Resilience Report, produced in collaboration with ​Sungard Availability Services. The report's author - Patrick Alcantara DBCI, Research and Insight Lead at the ​Business Continuity Institute - will be revealing many of its key findings, offering some insight into the analysis, and answering any questions you may have.

How does climate change affect the continuity of your organization?

How does climate change affect the continuity of your organization?

News   •   Jun 19, 2017 09:34 BST

​We are used to assessing what the immediate threats are to our organizations as those threats are happening right now. Organizations across the world are suffering from adverse weather, cyber attacks, supply chain failures and technical failures.

Over three quarters of organizations face unnecessary disruption risks for critical applications

Over three quarters of organizations face unnecessary disruption risks for critical applications

News   •   Jun 16, 2017 15:43 BST

Many organizations don’t devote enough attention to mission-critical applications when creating disaster recovery (DR) plans, and one of the biggest reasons is the 'resiliency perception gap', or the gap between executives’ perceptions of the effectiveness of their resiliency strategies and how successful these plans actually are at protecting against application outages or downtime.

University College London hit by ransomware attack

University College London hit by ransomware attack

News   •   Jun 16, 2017 09:45 BST

Only a month after the WannaCry attack that affected about 250,000 networks across the world, it seems that ransomware is back in the headlines again with an attack on University College London, one of the largest universities in the UK with over ten thousand employees and nearly forty thousand students, and considered to be the seventh best university in the world.

Self, self, self...

Self, self, self...

Blog posts   •   Jun 15, 2017 17:21 BST

Most people have lives, and responsibilities, outside of work. But it's much easier to simply ignore this important fact when creating our business continuity plans, than to worry too much about it. So that's precisely what many planners do. The trouble with this approach, however, is that whilst our plans might look okay on paper, they could well be doomed to failure from the outset.

Shortlist announced for the BCI Middle East Awards

Shortlist announced for the BCI Middle East Awards

News   •   Jun 15, 2017 15:59 BST

The Business Continuity Institute is pleased to announce the shortlist for its Middle East Awards, an annual celebration of the best, brightest and most innovative in the business continuity and resilience industry across the region. The awards are due to be presented at ceremony in the UAE later this year.

Effective travel risk plans are imperative in current environment

Effective travel risk plans are imperative in current environment

News   •   Jun 15, 2017 09:49 BST

Organizations are not doing enough to ensure their travel risk strategies are fit for the 21st century realities of business travel and fulfil their legal duty of care, according to a new report published by ​Airmic.

Bored and distracted employees could be the biggest data security risk

Bored and distracted employees could be the biggest data security risk

News   •   Jun 14, 2017 17:06 BST

Employees who become distracted at work are more likely to be the cause of human error and a potential security risk, according to a snapshot poll conducted by ​Centrify at Infosec Europe.

Ensuring the safety of our staff

Ensuring the safety of our staff

Blog posts   •   Jun 14, 2017 10:30 BST

Overnight a fire raged through a 24-storey tower block in West London, completely destroying it, and claiming several lives. While this may have been a residential building, the speed with which the fire took hold is a clear warning that organizations must have plans to place to ensure the safety of their staff, as well as other stakeholders, should such an incident occur at work.

Airmic launches major study to understand resilience in digital age

Airmic launches major study to understand resilience in digital age

News   •   Jun 13, 2017 20:31 BST

​Airmic has launched a major new study to determine what resilience looks like in a digitally-transformed business world. According to the association, the digital revolution is fundamentally altering the ways in which organizations develop and execute strategy, which will impact business models and their approach to risk and resilience.

Cultural issues are the number one obstacle to digital transformation

Cultural issues are the number one obstacle to digital transformation

News   •   Jun 13, 2017 14:47 BST

When looking at the potential threats that could disrupt our organizations, it is often physical or virtual events that we first think of – adverse weather, supply chain failure, cyber attack, pandemic. But while we often consider an event or occurrence to be disruptive, do we also consider a lack of activity to be disruptive?

Improving our understanding of information security

Improving our understanding of information security

News   •   Jun 12, 2017 14:47 BST

Data is of incredible value to our organizations. The more we have, the more we can discover about our customers and our market. The more we know about these, the more we can fine tune our products and services to meet their precise needs. Of course that data doesn't just have a value to our own organizations, it also has a value to others, and that is why we need to make sure it is protected.