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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.

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.

Businesses need to prepare for full costs of cyber attacks

Businesses need to prepare for full costs of cyber attacks

News   •   Jul 03, 2017 17:04 BST

​As businesses increasingly become the target of sophisticated hacking attacks, there is a greater need for them to properly prepare themselves or face a hefty bill, including ‘slow burn’ costs such as reputational damage, litigation and loss of competitive edge.

SMEs more afraid of cyber crime than Brexit

SMEs more afraid of cyber crime than Brexit

News   •   Jul 03, 2017 09:07 BST

UK SMEs now invest £2.9bn annually on cyber security experts to help them stay ahead of the latest threats. This equates to an average figure of £1,600 per business, with many larger SMEs spending ten times more. This is an increase of 43% over the last five years, and is expected to increase again over the next year by 32%.

Accessing skills in a post-Brexit world

Accessing skills in a post-Brexit world

News   •   Jun 30, 2017 15:30 BST

More than three-quarters (76%) of manufacturers in the UK employ at least one EU national in their business, while EU nationals make up 11% of the manufacturing workforce on average. This is according to a report published the EEF, which highlights the issues that manufacturers will have, and perhaps many other sectors, when seeking appropriately skilled workers in a post-Brexit world.

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.