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Incident micromanagement - good or bad?

Incident micromanagement - good or bad?

Blog posts   •   Feb 24, 2017 14:50 GMT

Yesterday I attended the Scottish Continuity Resilient Scotland Conference at the RBS Headquarters in Edinburgh. The opening speaker was John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. He began by talking about the need for resilience in Scotland, as well as the risk from cyber attacks and how we must all do our bit to protect our organisations from threats.

Play your part in building a resilient organization

Play your part in building a resilient organization

News   •   Feb 23, 2017 15:57 GMT

The countdown has begun for Business Continuity Awareness Week (15th - 19th May 2017). We are only a few months away, and now we have published the posters that will be used to promote the week. The theme for BCAW this year is cyber security, and we have produced a series of six posters that all highlight an activity that each and every one of us can do in order to help improve cyber security.

What does the future hold for Business Continuity Management professionals?

What does the future hold for Business Continuity Management professionals?

News   •   Feb 22, 2017 16:43 GMT

With an increasing volume of conversation taking place around the concept of ‘organizational resilience’, business continuity management professionals are taking advantage of this to expand their own remit and improve their career opportunities. These are the findings of a new report published jointly by PwC and the Business Continuity Institute.

The digital threat remains the top concern for business continuity professionals

The digital threat remains the top concern for business continuity professionals

News   •   Feb 21, 2017 08:21 GMT

Cyber attack is once again the top threat perceived by businesses, according to the latest ​Horizon Scan Report, published by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in association with BSI (British Standards Institution).

Cyber attacks and data breaches remain top of the agenda for business continuity concerns

Cyber attacks and data breaches remain top of the agenda for business continuity concerns

Press Releases   •   Feb 21, 2017 00:01 GMT

Cyber attack is once again the top threat perceived by businesses, according to research published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in association with BSI (British Standards Institution).

International Business Continuity Management Conference in Toronto
​Shhhhhh... Don’t tell anyone the scenario

​Shhhhhh... Don’t tell anyone the scenario

Blog posts   •   Feb 09, 2017 14:59 GMT

Through working both as a consultant and as a full time organizational business continuity resource, a common theme of exercising keeps becoming apparent. Each year we hope to amaze and terrify our BC exercise participants with our well thought out, taxing and relevant BC exercise scenario by keeping it secret.

Solving business continuity challenges to add value to the organizations we serve

Solving business continuity challenges to add value to the organizations we serve

Blog posts   •   Feb 08, 2017 16:08 GMT

2017 may be well underway, but I wanted to take the time to reflect on the past, and look ahead to predict the way in which our business continuity profession will continue to mature over the coming year and beyond. In many ways, this top 5 list is aspirational – that being my hopes for our profession as we solve some entrenched challenges and work to add more value to the organizations we serve.

Why do we not listen?

Why do we not listen?

Blog posts   •   Feb 03, 2017 16:24 GMT

​I am not obsessed with President Trump by any means, but at the moment, he is highly visible and there are lots of lessons to be learned from the situations he is creating. Between winning the election and his inauguration, the news has been full of speculation about what sort of President he would be, and what his policies would be.

Business continuity management is not boring, but the video could be

Business continuity management is not boring, but the video could be

Blog posts   •   Feb 01, 2017 14:42 GMT

Have you watched (or even been forced to watch) a business continuity management (BCM) video? Perhaps it was during your training, or as the business continuity manager when you tried to convince the organization to invest in BC capabilities?

Organizations need to do more to ensure GDPR compliance

Organizations need to do more to ensure GDPR compliance

News   •   Jan 31, 2017 13:27 GMT

Organizations need to do more work to ensure compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which are due to come into force in May 2018. While organizations are largely aware of their upcoming obligations, levels of maturity to meet the new standards are still low. Overall organizations are only complaint with less than 40% of the principles laid out in the GDPR.

DDoS attacks to become larger in scale, harder to mitigate and more frequent

DDoS attacks to become larger in scale, harder to mitigate and more frequent

News   •   Jan 30, 2017 11:29 GMT

​Over the past few years, the scale of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks has become steadily larger, and defences have grown commensurately. Cyber security has become a game of cat and mouse in which neither side has become too powerful, but this might be about to change. Deloitte predicts that in 2017, DDoS attacks will become larger in scale, harder to mitigate and more frequent.

Small businesses failing to plan for bad weather

Small businesses failing to plan for bad weather

News   •   Jan 23, 2017 12:40 GMT

​Far too many of the United Kingdom’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are ill-prepared for the effects of bad weather and the disruption it could bring. Nearly half (44%) have no business continuity plan in place to ensure they can continue operating, while over two-thirds (69%) do not have any insurance cover to protect them.

Finance’s role in operational risk manag​ement

Finance’s role in operational risk manag​ement

News   •   Jan 20, 2017 11:47 GMT

Two-thirds of financial executives in the US say their organization has been harmed by equipment failure during the last five years, 6 out of ten have been impaired by data breaches or cyber attacks, while more than half have had their operations affected by natural disasters.

​30% of NHS Trusts have experienced a ransomware attack

​30% of NHS Trusts have experienced a ransomware attack

News   •   Jan 19, 2017 16:17 GMT

​30% of NHS Trusts in the UK have experienced a ransomware attack, potentially placing patient data and lives at risk. One Trust – Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust – admitted to being attacked 19 times in just 12 months. These were the findings of a Freedom of Information request submitted by SentinelOne.

Improve passwords to improve cyber resilience

Improve passwords to improve cyber resilience

News   •   Jan 18, 2017 10:03 GMT

There have been several studies recently that have shown, or at least suggested, that cyber security incidents are often the result of human error, and we have been told again and again that one of the best ways to improve our cyber security is to use strong passwords. However, a study of 2016’s most common passwords found that nearly 17% of users were safeguarding their accounts with ‘123456’.

Business interruption ranks as the top risk for organizations worldwide

Business interruption ranks as the top risk for organizations worldwide

News   •   Jan 12, 2017 16:07 GMT

As companies embrace digitalization and increasingly interlink their equipment, processes and supply chain – the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ – the risk of financial losses rises exponentially, making cyber security and related issues fast emerging as the biggest risk for organizations, according to Allianz Global C​orporate & Specialty SE.

Under employed, under inclusive and under threat

Under employed, under inclusive and under threat

News   •   Jan 11, 2017 15:09 GMT

Economic inequality, societal polarization and intensifying environmental dangers are the top three trends that will shape global developments over the next 10 years, the ​World Economic Forum’s ​Global Risks Report 2017 found. Collaborative action by world leaders will be urgently needed to avert further hardship and volatility in the coming decade.

Organizations better prepared to predict and resist cyber attacks

Organizations better prepared to predict and resist cyber attacks

News   •   Jan 10, 2017 15:51 GMT

Global organizations are more confident than ever that they can predict and resist a sophisticated cyber attack, but are falling short of investments and plans to recover from a breach in today's expanding threat landscape, according to ​EY.

​Natural catastrophe losses at their highest for four years

​Natural catastrophe losses at their highest for four years

News   •   Jan 09, 2017 17:06 GMT

A number of devastating earthquakes and powerful storms made 2016 the costliest twelve months for natural catastrophe losses in the last four years. This is according to a study by Munich RE which showed that losses totalling US$175bn, a good two-thirds more than in the previous year, and very nearly as high as the figure for 2012 (US$180bn).