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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.

Recent terrorist attacks – practice makes perfect

Recent terrorist attacks – practice makes perfect

Blog posts   •   Jun 09, 2017 15:22 BST

Like the terrorist attack in Manchester, the response by individuals to the London Bridge attack last Saturday made me proud to be British. The off-duty policeman rugby tackling one of the terrorists or the British Transport Police officer armed with just a baton fighting one of the knifemen

Cyber attacks are on the rise, but resource constraints persist

Cyber attacks are on the rise, but resource constraints persist

News   •   Jun 09, 2017 09:05 BST

New and evolving threats combined with persistent resource challenges limit organizations’ abilities to defend against cyber intrusions, with 80% of security leaders believing it is likely their enterprise will experience a cyber attack this year. Despite this, many organizations are struggling to keep pace with the threat environment.

UK corporate confidence in cyber protection contrasts with lack of employee awareness of the threats

UK corporate confidence in cyber protection contrasts with lack of employee awareness of the threats

News   •   Jun 08, 2017 17:02 BST

Two-thirds of UK businesses believe their organization to be highly protected from attempts by outsiders to gain access to their systems and data, and a similar proportion maintain they have the right processes in place to adequately react to privacy and security threats.

Diplomatic tensions disrupting Qatari supply chains

Diplomatic tensions disrupting Qatari supply chains

News   •   Jun 08, 2017 09:39 BST

When we're developing our business continuity programmes, do we consider political rows a threat to our organization? Do we consider whether a dispute between countries could filter down and affect us?

The changing landscape of global politics

The changing landscape of global politics

Blog posts   •   Jun 07, 2017 16:22 BST

It is election day in the UK tomorrow, and a chance to vote for who we want to represent us in Parliament, and ultimately who we want to lead our country into the future. A month ago we could probably have said with some degree certainty who the winner would be and by how much, but now that certainty is gone.

Manifestos hide truth about Brexit

Manifestos hide truth about Brexit

News   •   Jun 07, 2017 09:56 BST

​The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats’ manifestos all ignore the true potential impact of Brexit, a new report by academics from ​The UK in a Changing Europe shows. Brexit may impose significant economic costs, at least in the short-term, yet all the parties make pledges as if the post-Brexit world will be a case of business as usual.

CEOs considered the greatest risk to enterprise security

CEOs considered the greatest risk to enterprise security

News   •   Jun 06, 2017 18:03 BST

4 in 10 organizations believe that C-level executives, including the CEO, are most at risk of being hacked when working outside of the office, according to a new study by ​iPass. Cafes and coffee shops were ranked the number one high-risk venue by 42% of respondents, from a list also including airports (30%), hotels (16%), exhibition centers (7%) and airplanes (4%).

​How to survive a ransomware attack

​How to survive a ransomware attack

Blog posts   •   Jun 06, 2017 09:10 BST

Recently, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launched its first joint report into ‘​The cyber threat to UK businesses’. Outlined are the key trends that are expected to be seen across the cyber security industry over the coming months. Ransomware was recognised as an escalating threat to UK businesses.