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Only half of local authorities are prepared for a cyber attack

Only half of local authorities are prepared for a cyber attack

News   •   Jun 29, 2017 16:26 BST

​Local authorities in the UK perceive themselves to be vulnerable in the face of cyber attacks, particularly in the wake of the recent ransomware attack on the NHS, with just over half (53%) of local authorities claiming they are prepared to deal with a cyber attack, according to a new study carried out by ​PwC.

Business continuity a key factor in the relocation of UK-based EU agencies

Business continuity a key factor in the relocation of UK-based EU agencies

News   •   Jun 29, 2017 10:13 BST

A consequence of Brexit is that two European Union agencies currently hosted by the United Kingdom will need to be relocated elsewhere in the EU once the UK is no longer a member. In the next few years, both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) will need to find a new home, with 27 countries all vying for the privilege.

Consumer awareness of ransomware on the increase

Consumer awareness of ransomware on the increase

News   •   Jun 28, 2017 10:28 BST

​Despite ransomware being around for many years, with several high profile organizations suffering the consequences of such an attack, 57% of respondents to a survey carried out by ​Carbon Black said that WannaCry was their first exposure to how ransomware works.

New ransomware attack spreading rapidly across the world

New ransomware attack spreading rapidly across the world

News   •   Jun 27, 2017 16:48 BST

​On the day that the ​Business Continuity Institute launched its latest ​Cyber Resilience Report, the importance of ensuring our organizations are prepared for a cyber security incident has once again been demonstrated as a new ransomware attack is causing turmoil across the world.

Stronger cyber resilience culture needed to combat the digital threat

Stronger cyber resilience culture needed to combat the digital threat

News   •   Jun 27, 2017 10:41 BST

With phishing and social engineering maintaining their position as the top driver of cyber disruptions, there is a need for a stronger cyber resilience culture across organizations, and a focus on the human aspects of the threat. This is one of the key findings of the ​Cyber Resilience Report, published today by the ​Business Continuity Institute.

Last chance to attend BCI World at the early bird rate

Last chance to attend BCI World at the early bird rate

News   •   Jun 26, 2017 17:05 BST

There are only a few days left to book your ticket at the early bird rate for the premier event in the business continuity calendar in the UK - ​The BCI World Conference. BCI World is an absolute must-attend event for any business continuity professional, anyone in the wider resilience community, or anyone who has responsibility for business continuity within their organization.

Sustained and determined cyber attack on UK Parliament

Sustained and determined cyber attack on UK Parliament

News   •   Jun 26, 2017 09:51 BST

​​Building resilience by improving cyber security, published by the ​Business Continuity Institute during Business Continuity Awareness Week, revealed that users are often choosing weak passwords and so leaving their IT networks vulnerable, and this vulnerability has now been realised at the UK Houses of Parliament.

Poor IT habits putting small businesses at risk

Poor IT habits putting small businesses at risk

News   •   Jun 23, 2017 10:18 BST

​One in ten small business owners and employees are regularly putting the security of their data at risk by sharing confidential files on personal devices, or sending documents to personal rather than work emails. This demonstrates a significant lapse in data security among the UK’s five million plus small businesses.

Cyber criminals exploiting human weakness to make their gains

Cyber criminals exploiting human weakness to make their gains

News   •   Jun 22, 2017 16:49 BST

Cyber attackers are relying more than ever on exploiting people instead of software flaws, as a study by ​Proofpoint has found that more than 90% of malicious email messages featuring nefarious URLs led users to credential phishing pages, and almost all (99%) email-based financial fraud attacks relied on human clicks rather than automated exploits to install malware.

Climate change will increase fire risk

Climate change will increase fire risk

News   •   Jun 22, 2017 09:32 BST

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has claimed that climate change is greatly increasing the likelihood of devastating wildfires, such as the one that burned its way across Portugal last weekend but is now reported to be under control.

Cost of data breaches declining globally

Cost of data breaches declining globally

News   •   Jun 21, 2017 12:53 BST

The average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million globally, a 10% decrease from the 2016 results, according to IBM's latest Cost of Data Breach Study, conducted in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute. This is the first time since the global study was created that there has been an overall decrease in the cost. On average, these data breaches cost companies $141 per lost or stolen record.

Understanding the legal obligations behind business continuity

Understanding the legal obligations behind business continuity

News   •   Jun 21, 2017 09:14 BST

​Why do we have business continuity management programmes? Is it because we want to make sure our organizations have the capability to respond to a disruption? Probably yes! It is common sense that we would want to be prepared for any future crisis.

Unforeseen technical fault forces Tesco to cancel home deliveries

Unforeseen technical fault forces Tesco to cancel home deliveries

News   •   Jun 20, 2017 15:45 BST

It may not be have been as disruptive or anywhere near as costly as the ​IT outage that affected BA just a few weeks ago, but many people are still suffering the consequences of an "unforeseen technical fault" that caused Tesco, the world's third most profitable retailer, to cancel a large number of its home deliveries in the UK.

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.

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.