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Businesses over confident about keeping hackers at bay

Businesses over confident about keeping hackers at bay

News   •   Jul 18, 2017 09:01 BST

Despite the increasing number of data breaches and nearly 1.4 billion data records being lost or stolen in 2016, the vast majority of IT professionals still believe perimeter security is effective at keeping unauthorised users out of their networks, according to a study by Gemalto.

Nearly a third of travel managers are unsure how long it would take to locate employees in a crisis

Nearly a third of travel managers are unsure how long it would take to locate employees in a crisis

News   •   Jul 17, 2017 17:06 BST

3 in 10 (29%) travel managers report they do not know how long it would take to locate affected employees in a crisis, according to a new study by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association, in partnership with Concur.

Extreme cyber attack could cost as much as Superstorm Sandy

Extreme cyber attack could cost as much as Superstorm Sandy

News   •   Jul 17, 2017 12:42 BST

A major global cyber attack has the potential to trigger $53 billion of economic losses, roughly the equivalent to a catastrophic natural disaster like 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, according to a scenario described in new research by Lloyd’s and Cyence.

All in good time

All in good time

Blog posts   •   Jul 17, 2017 09:26 BST

Organizations with a mature crisis/incident management exercising programme should give serious consideration to carrying out the occasional out of hours exercise. This may be a little unpopular at first, until participants get the point, so rather than going the whole hog and starting your next exercise at 2am on a Sunday, perhaps a 7pm start on a weekday would be slightly more palatable.

A third of security professionals under-prepared to defend against cyber threats

A third of security professionals under-prepared to defend against cyber threats

News   •   Jul 14, 2017 11:36 BST

One in three (32%) security professionals lack effective intelligence to detect and action cyber threats, according to a new study from Anomali, which also revealed that almost a quarter (24%) believe they are at least one year behind the average threat actor. Half of this sample admitted they are trailing by two to five years.

Organizations leaving themselves vulnerable to data breaches by former employees

Organizations leaving themselves vulnerable to data breaches by former employees

News   •   Jul 13, 2017 15:43 BST

​A large proportion of businesses fail to adequately protect their networks from the potential threat posed by ex-employees, with IT decision makers surveyed as part of a study by OneLogin claiming that over half (58%) of former employees can still access the corporate network. The study also found that nearly a quarter (24%) of UK businesses have experienced data breaches by ex-employees.

Protecting your reputation

Protecting your reputation

Blog posts   •   Jul 12, 2017 16:49 BST

“Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair,” or so the quote says. While there may be a degree of flexibility with those timings, the principle that it takes much longer to build a reputation than to break it is absolute. Reputation means a lot to organizations and constitutes a significant proportion of its value.

Day of protest over net neutrality

Day of protest over net neutrality

News   •   Jul 12, 2017 12:37 BST

​Internet speeds are getting faster all the time with Internet Service Providers competing with each other to offer the fastest connections that can enable users to download entire videos in just seconds. But could that be about to change? Could ISPs have more control over the download speeds they offer? Does this mean that ISPs could have more control over what we are able to download?

ClearView Continuity become a platinum sponsor of the BCI World Conference and Exhibition

ClearView Continuity become a platinum sponsor of the BCI World Conference and Exhibition

News   •   Jul 12, 2017 08:43 BST

The Business Continuity Institute is delighted that ClearView Continuity, a global leader in business continuity management software, with international clients in all sectors and in all regions, is to be a platinum sponsor of the BCI World Conference and Exhibition at the Novotel London West Hotel on the 7th and 8th November.

Business continuity too low a priority within IT departments

Business continuity too low a priority within IT departments

News   •   Jul 11, 2017 17:12 BST

When it comes to new spending, IT departments have two rather clear priorities - secure their data and continue the transition to the cloud, according to the Computer Economics annual IT spending and staffing benchmarks study 2017/2018.

Executives not planning for increased global risks

Executives not planning for increased global risks

News   •   Jul 11, 2017 09:30 BST

A global survey of executives found that most view the world as increasingly risky, with many reporting a “significant operational surprise” over the past five years. However, the majority of executives also report that their organizations are not developing more robust risk management processes to help counter this increasing risk.

Internet outage costing Somalia $10 million each day

Internet outage costing Somalia $10 million each day

News   •   Jul 10, 2017 16:17 BST

​An ongoing internet outage in Somalia is costing the country $10m (£7.7m) each day, and sparking anger across the affected central and southern parts of the country, including the capital, Mogadishu. The outage is reported to have been caused by a commercial ship cutting an undersea fibre-optic cable more than two weeks ago, and is expected to go on for at least another week.

Crackdown on fake holiday sickness claims

Crackdown on fake holiday sickness claims

News   •   Jul 10, 2017 12:52 BST

​Plans to clamp down on bogus holiday sickness claims have been announced by the UK’s ​Ministry of Justice following concerns from the travel industry that more and more suspected false insurance claims for gastric illnesses like food poisoning are being brought by British holidaymakers, partly fuelled by touts operating in European resorts.

Chaos at Paddington station for the second night in a row

Chaos at Paddington station for the second night in a row

News   •   Jul 07, 2017 17:04 BST

Paddington Station, one of the busiest train stations in the UK, was in chaos again last night as signal failures left passengers stranded for the second evening in a row. Paddington is the main station from London to the south west, south Wales, Heathrow Airport, and of course Reading where the Business Continuity Institute is located.

When the circus comes to town

When the circus comes to town

News   •   Jul 07, 2017 10:05 BST

​There's a lot of prestige that comes with hosting a large international event such as the G20 Summit - it puts the city firmly on the map and can position it as a major player on the international scene. That's not to mention the investment it brings in as leaders from the world's 20 most prosperous countries descend on it along with their various entourages.

Unprecedented levels of rain causes severe flooding in Japan

Unprecedented levels of rain causes severe flooding in Japan

News   •   Jul 06, 2017 17:09 BST

​Almost half a million people on the south western Japanese island of Kyushu have been advised to evacuate their homes after several days of torrential rain, brought on by a series of storms that followed Tropical Cyclone Nanmadol across the region. What was described as unprecedented levels of rain has resulted in mudslides, overflowing rivers and flooding.

70% of people in the UK admit they risk spreading fake news

70% of people in the UK admit they risk spreading fake news

News   •   Jul 06, 2017 08:59 BST

Despite heightened awareness of ‘fake news’ in recent months, 86% of people in the UK claim they would not be able to tell the difference between real and fake news. This is according to a study by ​McAfee which also revealed that the majority of UK adults do not completely trust the information they read online.

It always pays to plan ahead

It always pays to plan ahead

Blog posts   •   Jul 05, 2017 16:14 BST

It does make you wonder about the lack of forethought that some people have. Clearly safety has to be paramount, and if it's not safe for the concert to go ahead then it has to be cancelled. But should this not be considered in advance? Should the concert organizers not have thought that it might rain on the west coast of Scotland, so put plans in place to remedy any impact of this?

UK remains highly attractive to overseas workers but could face skills crunch

UK remains highly attractive to overseas workers but could face skills crunch

News   •   Jul 04, 2017 15:15 BST

The UK remains an attractive place to live and work, but could face challenges in retaining large numbers of non-British workers, according to research by ​Deloitte, whose also indicates significant changes in the UK labour market.

Bank of England staff to go on strike over pay deal

Bank of England staff to go on strike over pay deal

News   •   Jul 04, 2017 09:38 BST

Staff at the Bank of England have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in a ballot calling on their employer to give them a better pay deal. In the ballot, 95% voted for strike action which will be for the first time at the bank in over 50 years.