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35% of users have weak passwords; the other 65% can be cracked

35% of users have weak passwords; the other 65% can be cracked

Blog posts   •   Mar 22, 2017 12:11 GMT

Password leaks from public breaches help us learn how people think, allow us to identify patterns and build dictionaries of passwords. As password cracking methods evolve, Upper characters, Lower characters, Special characters and Digits (ULSD) recommendations and password complexity mean less.

Identity fraud reaches record levels

Identity fraud reaches record levels

News   •   Mar 15, 2017 10:21 GMT

Identity fraud has hit the highest levels ever recorded with 172,919 identity frauds recorded in 2016, more than in any other previous year. The study by ​Cifas showed that identity fraud now represents over half of all fraud recorded (53.3%), of which 88% was perpetrated online.

ISO 22301 and the business continuity octopus

ISO 22301 and the business continuity octopus

Blog posts   •   Mar 10, 2017 17:13 GMT

​Implementing a Business Continuity Management System which meets and exceeds ISO 22301 is a challenging, but important undertaking for an organization committed to ​business continuity. I have recently been leading a project for ​PlanB, where we helped a marketing/logistics firm achieve ISO 22301 (with one minor non-conformity!).

Natural disasters cost $520 billion in losses every year

Natural disasters cost $520 billion in losses every year

News   •   Mar 09, 2017 12:40 GMT

The impact of extreme natural disasters is equivalent to a global $520 billion loss in annual consumption, and forces some 26 million people into poverty each year, a new report from the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) reveals.

Ransomware puts businesses at risk of immeasurable loss

Ransomware puts businesses at risk of immeasurable loss

News   •   Mar 07, 2017 16:43 GMT

The effects of ransomware attacks on organizations can cause unquantifiable financial cost and immeasurable data loss. Yet, despite this, there is a lack of awareness when it comes to being prepared. A study conducted by Timico and Datto found that two-thirds of UK businesses have no official ransomware policy to guide employees on what to do in the event of an attack.

Broadening exposure and horizons

Broadening exposure and horizons

Blog posts   •   Mar 07, 2017 09:46 GMT

It has been just over two years since I was featured in the Business Continuity Institute’s ’20 in their 20s: The future of business continuity’ publication, so I thought it might be useful to look through what I wrote at the time, determine what is still relevant and understand what has changed.

Widening gap between disaster risks and business preparedness

Widening gap between disaster risks and business preparedness

News   •   Mar 06, 2017 14:23 GMT

The majority (68%) of small business owners in the United States don't have a written disaster recovery plan, even though about half (49%) said it would take their business at least three months to recover from a natural disaster, according to research carried out by Nationwide.

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).

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​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.