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Cyber security is a ‘people problem’

Cyber security is a ‘people problem’

News   •   Apr 26, 2017 10:28 BST

Over 80% of security professionals identify ‘people’ as the industry’s biggest challenge, as opposed to technology and processes, according to the results of the second annual survey from the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP).

Cyber security put on the back burner

Cyber security put on the back burner

News   •   Apr 25, 2017 12:49 BST

A worrying number of UK businesses have no formal plan to protect them from cyber attack and there has been no improvement from a year ago, according to a study conducted jointly by the Institute of Directors and Barclays.

An objective review...

An objective review...

Blog posts   •   Apr 24, 2017 09:51 BST

It’s important to keep our business continuity plans up to date. That almost goes without saying. But what, exactly, do we mean by keeping our plans up to date? Most organisations with a business continuity plan will assign someone to review it periodically - in particular, to check that the names and contact details of the various team members are kept up to date. Which is an important activity.

Employees too willing to share sensitive information

Employees too willing to share sensitive information

News   •   Apr 21, 2017 09:48 BST

Not only are many employees likely to share confidential information, but they are doing so without proper data security protocols in place or in mind, according to a new study by ​Dell. Today's workforce is caught between two imperatives: be productive and efficient on the job, and maintain the security of the organization's data.

​Crisis management – it’s about people not process

​Crisis management – it’s about people not process

Blog posts   •   Apr 20, 2017 11:29 BST

We have recently seen how quickly a crisis can impact on a business if not managed correctly by placing people at the heart of a crisis response. The appalling treatment of a United Airlines passenger and the subsequent response from the company, showed a complete disregard for the very people who pay the wages, its customers.

Almost half of UK firms hit by cyber breach or attack in the past year

Almost half of UK firms hit by cyber breach or attack in the past year

News   •   Apr 19, 2017 16:22 BST

Businesses large and small are being urged to protect themselves against cyber crime after new Government statistics found nearly half of all UK businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack during the previous year.

Understanding the terminology of business continuity

Understanding the terminology of business continuity

News   •   Apr 13, 2017 17:11 BST

Ever wondered what different terms or acronyms relating to business continuity mean? The ​Business Continuity Institute is pleased to announce the creation of the joint BCI DRJ Glossary of Business Continuity Terms.

SMEs underfunding cyber security

SMEs underfunding cyber security

News   •   Apr 13, 2017 10:46 BST

The vast majority of small to medium sized enterprises (86%) have less than a tenth of their total IT budget allocated to cyber security, while 75% have between zero and two IT security staff members, according to the results of a survey by EiQ Networks.

Win with Business Continuity Awareness Week

Win with Business Continuity Awareness Week

News   •   Apr 10, 2017 14:13 BST

Business Continuity Awareness Week is now only a little over a month away and we would really like you to get involved. To help incentivize you, this year we are launching two competitions, each one giving you the chance to win a £250 Amazon gift card.

​ISO publishes 22316:2017 – Security and resilience - Organizational resilience - Principles and attributes

​ISO publishes 22316:2017 – Security and resilience - Organizational resilience - Principles and attributes

News   •   Apr 06, 2017 14:54 BST

The International Organization for Standardization has recently published a new standard that provides guidance to enhance organizational resilience for any size or type of organization. This international standard - ISO 22316:2017 - defines organizational resilience as: “the ability of an organization to absorb and adapt in a changing environment”.

Our deep misunderstanding of time in preparedness planning

Our deep misunderstanding of time in preparedness planning

News   •   Apr 05, 2017 16:46 BST

It seems impossible to think about preparedness planning without thinking about time. Time is often at the very heart of any discussion of business continuity and IT disaster recovery. Nonetheless, there are deep flaws in the continued attempts to incorporate it into preparedness planning. These flaws lead to frustrated participants, disengaged managers, wasted effort and dubious outcomes.

How cyber resilient is your organization?

How cyber resilient is your organization?

News   •   Apr 03, 2017 17:05 BST

Cyber resilience has for a long time been a major issue for business continuity professionals, with the Business Continuity Institute's Horizon Scan Report routinely featuring digital threats such as cyber attacks and data breaches as the greatest concerns.

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.