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Building resilience by improving cyber security

Building resilience by improving cyber security

News   •   May 17, 2017 17:00 BST

In a new paper published by the Business Continuity Institute – Building resilience by improving cyber security – it is revealed that several activities which many of us perform out of habit could be making our organizations more vulnerable to the cyber threat, and identifies six simple steps that each of us can take to help improve security.

Cyber resilience is critical in the digital age

Cyber resilience is critical in the digital age

Blog posts   •   May 17, 2017 11:22 BST

As business enters the digital age, cyber resilience must become a regular agenda item for boards and excos. Nobody can identify and prepare for all the risks that threaten ICT systems, so it is essential that security and risk mitigation measures are part of a wider programme to ensure that the organisation can detect a cyber attack, respond appropriately and recover operational functionality.

We’re not going to say I told you so… but we did tell you

We’re not going to say I told you so… but we did tell you

Blog posts   •   May 16, 2017 10:25 BST

“Maybe you are busy looking for a way to recover your files but do not waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service”. This is what users infected by the WannaCry virus read on their screens having accidentally let the malware in.

Business continuity is what will pull your business through during a cyber attack

Business continuity is what will pull your business through during a cyber attack

Press Releases   •   May 15, 2017 22:22 BST

Despite the Wanna Decryptor ransomware attack affecting a reported 200,000 systems across over 150 countries, and despite the tales of disaster we are reading about in the media, the encouraging news from many organizations is that their business continuity process is preventing a disruption from turning into a crisis.

NHS Trusts in England hit by ransomware attacks

NHS Trusts in England hit by ransomware attacks

Blog posts   •   May 12, 2017 17:36 BST

​NHS services across England have been hit by an IT failure caused by a significant cyber attack, with Trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire all affected. Some GP surgeries have shut down their phone and IT systems while Accident and Emergency Departments have told people not to attend unless it is a real emergency.

Setting the standard for business continuity and resilience across Europe

Setting the standard for business continuity and resilience across Europe

News   •   May 12, 2017 12:08 BST

At an Awards Ceremony at the Principal Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland last night, the Business Continuity Institute presented its annual European Awards to recognise the individuals and organizations who have excelled in the field of business continuity and resilience throughout the year.

Small businesses compromising on cyber security

Small businesses compromising on cyber security

News   •   May 11, 2017 19:46 BST

More than two-thirds (70%) of IT managers at small and medium sized enterprises say budget considerations have forced them to compromise on security features when purchasing endpoint security, according to a survey by ​VIPRE.

Insider and third-party access rank as top cyber threats

Insider and third-party access rank as top cyber threats

News   •   May 10, 2017 11:05 BST

Despite rising awareness of the threats posed by users with privileged access permissions, most organizations still allow a myriad of internal and external parties to access their most valuable systems and data. Many are placing trust in both employees and third parties without a proven means of managing, controlling, and monitoring the access they have to critical systems and networks.

Social engineering is a top cause of cyber incidents

Social engineering is a top cause of cyber incidents

Blog posts   •   May 09, 2017 14:47 BST

Sonny Sehgal and Adam Blake, from Crises Control partners Transputec and ThreatSpike, will be talking about the social engineering threat in their webinar on ​cyber security and the insider threat during Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017 on Tuesday 16th May.

Managing the supply chain

Managing the supply chain

News   •   May 09, 2017 08:32 BST

Has your organization experienced a disruption to its supply chain? What were the causes and consequences of those disruptions? Help inform our next Supply Chain Resilience Report by taking a few minutes to complete the survey, and be in with a chance of winning a £100 Amazon gift card.

Organizations worldwide fear non-compliance with GDPR could put them out of business

Organizations worldwide fear non-compliance with GDPR could put them out of business

News   •   May 05, 2017 12:38 BST

The vast majority of organizations worldwide (86%) are concerned that a failure to adhere to the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could have a major negative impact on their business, according to a study by Veritas Technol​ogies. Nearly 20% said they fear that non-compliance could put them out of business.

Lax cyber security as workers blindly open email attachments

Lax cyber security as workers blindly open email attachments

News   •   May 04, 2017 16:53 BST

​Lax approaches to popular threats such as email attachments, and inadequate threat-awareness, poor work-practices and out-of-date technology, are exposing organizations to hacking, ransomware and zero-day attacks, says a report published by ​Glasswall Solutions.

Sungard Availability Services to sponsor the BCI European Awards

Sungard Availability Services to sponsor the BCI European Awards

News   •   May 03, 2017 15:15 BST

Sungard Availability Services, one the of the world's leading providers of managed IT services, information availability consulting services, business continuity management software and disaster recovery services, are demonstrating their commitment to the industry by sponsoring the Business Continuity Institute's annual European Awards.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to deliver keynote speech at the BCI World Conference

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to deliver keynote speech at the BCI World Conference

Press Releases   •   May 02, 2017 17:15 BST

​In what will be one of his first speeches since departing his role as the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will be delivering the keynote speech at the ​BCI World Conference at the Novotel London West Hotel in November.

Organizations leaving sensitive files accessible to all employees

Organizations leaving sensitive files accessible to all employees

News   •   Apr 28, 2017 10:42 BST

​There is an alarming level of exposure for corporate and sensitive files across organizations, including an average of 20% of folders per organization open to every employee, according to a new study conducted by ​Varonis.

Cyber espionage and ransomware attacks are on the increase

Cyber espionage and ransomware attacks are on the increase

News   •   Apr 27, 2017 11:12 BST

Cyber espionage is now the most common type of attack seen in manufacturing, the public sector and education, warns Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations Report. Much of this is due to the high proliferation of propriety research, prototypes and confidential personal data, which are hot-ticket items for cyber criminals.

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.