Chosen by those working in the industry, the theme for Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017 will be cyber resilience, and the event itself will be held between the 15th and 19th May 2017.
As the world becomes more and more digital, so do the threats that it faces. Just as we need to protect our organizations from the disruptions that occur in the physical world, we also have plans in place to deal with disruptions in the virtual world.
We have witnessed large organizations like eBay, Target and Sony all suffer the consequence of a data breach. We have seen an increase in the magnitude of DDoS attacks like the one that brought down the BBC's website over the new year. We are experiencing an increase in the occurrence of ransomware attacks on all sizes of organizations including hospitals and local authorities. No longer can we think "it will never happen to me".
As the Business Continuity Institute's latest Cyber Resilience Report showed, two-thirds of organizations had experienced at least one cyber security incident during the previous twelve months, and 15% had experienced at least ten. Given the prevalence of the threat, it perhaps no surprise that the BCI's Horizon Scan Report noted that, of all the possible causes of disruption, cyber attacks and data breaches were the top two concerns for business continuity professionals. It is therefore extremely fitting that this will be the theme for BCAW next year.
The BCI will soon start to publish some helpful resources for you to use, but in the meantime, make sure you save the date. Also think about how you could get involved, and how you will help to raise awareness of the need for business continuity and the importance of cyber resilience.
The theme was chosen following the results of a feedback survey published after BCAW 2016. Of all the suggestions made for a theme for BCAW 2017, one-third related to cyber resilience, making it the clear favourite. The survey also asked whether people preferred BCAW being held in May, whether it was better when it was held in March, or whether another month should be chosen. An overwhelming four-fifths preferred the May date.