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New partner commits to SME programme

 
Crises Control partners with the Continuity Forum We are pleased to welcome Crises Control as the latest member of our partnership programme. 
 
Crises Control has recently been winning a number of awards for their mass notification platform designed for business continuity. For the Continuity Forum Crises Control is a particularly suitable partner at this time as we are stepping our work across the SME sector.
 
Crises Control share our commitment to work with the SME sector to improve the quality and capabilities of Business Continuity Programmes in smaller businesses. This is clearly evidenced by a number of unique features and pricing that highly attractive for the SME sector in the solutions provided.
 
As part of the research programme we will be undertaking new research surveying attitudes and issues in SME firms (and talking with connected stakeholders) across the sector to better understand the barriers to planning and what the top priorities really need to be. 
 
Continuity Forum SME research Speaking on the research programme and the new partnership, Russell Price said:
 
"We are delighted to have the support of Crises Control in our latest major study that is working to improve SME Business Continuity by identify the tools and resources really needed by SME's to develop better, more reliable resilience".
 
"Improving the quality of BCM planning across the SME sector would help transform the resilience of half of the UK economy and deliver tremendous financial and societal benefits".
 
"Time is precious in businesses of all sizes; our aim is that this research will identify common obstacles and barriers and produce useable and useful recommendations on the actions and resources that are needed to cost and build resilience within the SME sector".   
 
Announcing the partnership for Crises Control their Managing Director, Shalen Sehgal,said:
 
"I am delighted that we are able to take advantage of the expertise of the Continuity Forum to reach out to the SME sector and research the views on the need for Business Continuity measures. We know that every business is at risk from disruption events and that small businesses are at greater risk than larger ones of going under as a result"!
 
"We want to find out how SMEs themselves view this challenge and what they see as the possible benefits that technology solutions can bring to this task. Continuity Forum are just the right people to help us do this". 
 
If you would like know more about the research programme or get involved please get in touch here!
 
If you would like to know more about the award winning solutions from Crises Control click here!

 


Crises Control takes top prize in Cloud Excellence Awards 2018

Visit Crises Control WebsiteCrises Control has taken the top prize of Cloud DR and Continuity product of the year at the Computing Magazine Cloud Excellence Awards

Managing Director Shalen Sehgal picked the prize that is awarded for solutions that in the opinion of judges delivers the most reliable service, that innovates and provides important features that help users enhance their business resilience.  

 

Crises Control Takes top Cloud DR and Product of the year at Computing awards     

Crises Control is a business continuity and recovery tool whose fundamental design is based on optimising the opportunities offered by the cloud to enhance business resilience.

Crises Control - Software as a Service

 

This is the third award in a row for Crises Control having previously won CIR Risk Management awards in 2016 and 2017.

 

The Crises Control solution makes use of the Cloud by providing cloud hosted storage and uses the software-as-a-service model to ensure that the service is always available.

Critically, the system works even when the customer's own IT networks are placed out of action or inaccessible making it especially useful for organizations without deep pockets and resources. 

The Integrated system also makes use of a cloud telecommunications platform to support global multi-channel communications.

This service provides 24/7 e-mail, SMS, voice to text, push notifications and conference calls to customers and ensures that in the event of a crisis, the message will be guaranteed to get through via one or more of the channels available.

The solution provided takes mass notification a step further with easy compliance with EU GDPR reqquirements and solutions that are flexible enough to cope with large scale deployments as well as dedicated SME packages that help smaller companies develop the business resilience their customers expect without incurring time and cost usually needed to implement world class capabilities.

If you would like to learn more Crises Control have produced some useful introductory videos to provide further help and guidance.

Crises Control Video Guidance

 


Improving the Business Continuity capabilities of SME companies

Better engagement and services are needed for the SME sector

Small and Medium Sized business | business continuity and resilience Despite the progress made on the implementation of BCM within organizations over nearly two decades, the depth and breadth of planning in smaller firms remains a cause of concern.

These businesses are the backbone of the economy employing more people and delivering the essential ingredients of modern life in all its flavours.

Major new British Standard for Cyber Risk and Resilience [Consultation]

BSI Cyber Risk and Resilience Standards BS 31111A major new British Standard [BS 31111] is in development to help senior executives and risk managers improve their cyber risk management and build the cyber resilience of their organizations.

Over the past year, the BSI Risk Management Committee has been working on developing new guidance that aims to help top executives better understand and manage the technology risks to their organizations.  

Organizational Resilience Standard now available | ISO 22316

BSI ISO 22316 The International Standards Organisation has issued the Draft for Public Comment (DPC) for its new standard covering Organizational Resilience - Principles and Guidelines | ISO 22316.

Submissions are CLOSED. ISO 22316 is now available from the BSI Shop (click here)

This International Standard provides guidance to enhance organizational resilience for any size or type of public or private organization and is not specific to any industry or sector. It can be applied throughout the life of an organization.

Guidance from Police for a Firearms and Weapons Attack

What to do in the event of a terrorist  Fire & Weaspons attack

The National Police Chiefs’ Council have launched advice on what the public should do in the event of a terrorist attack. Attacks in the UK and abroad remind us all of the terrorist threat we face, which in the UK is considered as ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely. 

Police and security agencies are working tirelessly to protect the public but it is also important that communities remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises.

Recognising threat - the importance of pre-incident surveillance

The attacks in Paris on 13th November and London on 7/7 show the planning and preparation spent by terrorists and other groups in gathering information to assist with the target selection and operational planning. Any thought that these events occur by chance or on a whim should be banished.

Internet of Things | What does it mean?

 
Internet of Things – What does it mean and how to embrace it?   
 
Sentronex Article | Internet of Things | Continuity Forum Partner
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, IoT, or the ‘Internet of Things’, was the trending buzzword. Samsung CEO BK Yoon even went so far as to boldly state that in five years all Samsung hardware devices will be IoT ready, with televisions connected by 2017.
 
On top of this, Gartner predicts that by 2020 a staggering 26 billion objects will be IoT connected; in other words, IP-enabled, interactive, and ‘smart’. In fact, this growing global market could hit a worth of $7.1 trillion by that date.  
 

Cyber Security for Purchasing Professionals

Cyber Risk Management for Purchasing and supply
 
A new initiative to help build cyber security has been launched that focuses on the important role played by procurement and purchasing teams.
 
While schemes such as Cyber Essentials provides help with technical issues, the new government backed scheme provides free of charge training for procurement professionals.  The on-line course helps build understanding of the most common risks faced and how they can be addressed.
 

Global Assessment Report 2015 - Manage the Risks, not just the disaster

UN GAR report Disaster Risk Reduction project and risk management
 
Governments and organization need to better understand and actively manage Risks rather than just be responding to the disasters as they happen.  
 
Thats the conclusion of the United Nations Global Assessment Report 2015 that aims to set the future direction for Disaster Risks around the world.   
 
The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is a biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction and a comprehensive review and analysis of the natural hazards that are affecting humanity.
 

What about Resilience?

Risk, Business Continuity and Resilience - are we getting the landscape right?
 
Business Continuity, Resilience and the Rhinos ear
 
Imagine trying to describe or just outline what a Rhinoceros looks like to someone when you have only have seen a small part of the whole animal yourself, perhaps just a foot or an ear.
 
Three toed camel or a resilient  Rhino? When you haven't seen the whole thing it makes it awkward at best, perhaps even impossible. Its certainly rather tricky eh?  You could end up with a Donkey, a three toed Camel or indeed a host of bizarre critters. To describe a Rhino properly you have got to step back and get the whole picture. (We know this is usually done with elephants, but we prefer a rhino for this analogy...  its an ear thing!)  
 
We’re using this example to illustrate one of the most interesting topics emerging across the Risk and Business Continuity Sectors  - Organizational Resilience! 
A lot of people are talking about it and the discussion underway is really interesting. 
 

Recognising the Terrorist threat

There is a serious and sustained threat from both international and Irish-related terrorism to the UK and UK interests overseas.

1. Threat levels

You can check the current threat levels:

The most significant terrorist threat comes from al-Qa’ida and associated networks. As the coordinated attacks on London in July 2005 showed, attacks may be mounted without warning.

Cyber Risk - an animated short introducing cyber risk and the essentials programme

An Introduction to Cyber Risk and the Cyber Essentials Scheme - Video

This is a short 5 minute video that rather light heartedly provides a basic introduction to Cyber Risk.  It isn't technical and aims to help build awareness of Cyber Risk has evolved and introduces the UK Cyber Essentials Scheme.

 



If you would like to know more about our work covering Cyber Risk then get in touch.

You can also find out more about the special Cyber Risk and Insurance Forum by clicking on the link in the menu bar. 

 


BSI Organizational Resilience standard - BS 65000:2014 | find out more

BS Standard 65000 Guidance on Organizational Resilience publishedThe British Standards Institution (BSI) has published guidance standard for organizational resilience.

The standard BS 65000:2014 | guidance on organizational resilience was first mooted more than five years ago and has passed through a number of major development stages prior to its final publication last year.

Government provides e-learning for SME's on Cyber and Information Security Risk

New Free e-elaerning course to boost cyber risk and information security resources available to SME'sGovernment boosts support for SME business with free Information Assurance e-learning course.

The course has been developed from governments own initiative on information security and the management of related risks across the public sector where over 200,000 people in local and central government have completed the modular course.

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