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Free Webinars to help manage and recover from the Coronavirus crisis

Cabinet Office Webinars with the EPC, Continuity Forum and other experts on coping with COVID-19 Webinars

A number of webinars are to be provided by some of the leading experts in Risk, Resilience and Continuity as the result of the efforts of the BSI and the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat, to deliver training to the complimentary standards by webinar.  

The webinar series schedule is below:

Tuesday, 31 March 09.00 – 10.30, “COVID-19 and Organizational Resilience”

Robert MacFarlane, Deputy Director, Head, Resilience Training, Doctrine & Standards, Cabinet Office and Kevin Brear, Director of Consulting – Technology Risk Management, Xcina Consulting Limited

Implementing PD CEN/TS 17091 Crisis management and PD ISO 22330 Guidelines for people aspects of business continuity

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Thursday, 2 April 09.00 – 10.30, “COVID-19: Community Resilience and Volunteers”

Duncan Shaw, Professor in Operational Research and Critical Systems, University of Manchester and David Powell, Visiting Academic at the University of Manchester

Implementing BS ISO 22319 Guidelines for planning the involvement of spontaneous volunteers

BS 22395 Guidelines for supporting vulnerable people in an emergency

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Tuesday, 7 April 09.00 – 10.30, “COVID-19 and Risk Management”

Russell Price Chairman, Continuity Forum; Julia Graham, Technical Director, AIRMIC

Implementing BS ISO 31000 Risk management and BS 31100 Code of Practice for risk management

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Thursday, 9 April 11.00 – 12.30, “COVID-19 and Continuity”

Rick Cudworth, Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte LLP; Malcolm Cornish ISO 22313 Project Leader

Implementation of BS ISO 22313 Business Continuity Management Systems – Guidance to ISO 22301and PD ISO TS 22318 Business Continuity Management Systems for the Supply Chain

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Risk, Resilience and Continuity Standards provided free to help manage the Coronavirus Crisis

Risk and Continuity Resources - Coronavirus support

 

 

 

 

The British Standards Institution (BSI) the national standards body for the UK has announced that following consultations with stakeholders it will provide access to a range of national standards that can help organizations manage many aspects of the crisis being caused by the novel coronavirus.

BSI provides resources to help organisations cope with Coronavirus crisis

The Standards available are:

Continuity and Resilience

  • PD CEN/TS 17091:2018 Crisis management: Building a strategic capability
  • BS EN ISO 22301:2019  Business continuity management systems — Requirements
  • BS EN ISO 22313:2020 Business continuity management systems. Guidance on the use of ISO 22301
  • ISO/TS 22318:2015 Guidelines for supply chain continuity
  • ISO 22316:2017 Organizational resilience. Principles and attributes.

Risk Management

  • BS ISO 31000:2018 Risk management — Guidelines
  • BS 31100:2011 Risk management - Code of practice and guidance for the implementation of BS ISO 31000

Community Resilience

  • BS ISO 22319:2017 Security and resilience - Community resilience - Guidelines for planning the involvement of spontaneous volunteers
  • BS ISO 22330:2018 Guidelines for people aspects of business continuity
  • BS ISO 22395:2018 Security and resilience. Community resilience. Guidelines for supporting vulnerable persons in an emergency

Emergency Management

  • BS ISO 22320:2018 Security and resilience. Emergency management. Guidelines for incident management

These standards offer information and practical advice for businesses and individuals, which help the business community navigate the challenges and potential risks associated with the current global crisis.

To view and download the standards pplease click the link below.

Review and Download pages

You may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC on some Apple systems this can be found HERE!

 

For further advice and guidance please email us at info@continuityforum.org or call us on +44 (0) 208 993 1599.

 


Health Guidance- COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses

BEIS and Public Health England Guidance for Covid-19 - Business
 
CoronaVirus Guidance - UK 
 
 
Published 25 February 2020
 
This guidance has been provided by Public Health England and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to help employers address concerns on the out break of infection from a novel coronavirus (Covid-19)
 
1. Background and scope of guidance
 
This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:
  • ・the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
  • ・how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • ・what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting
  • ・what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas, as outlined by the Chief Medical Officer (full list is available here)
  • ・advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from Covid-19
  • . Information about the virus

Business Continuity and SME's - building success

Meet the expert video series covering Business Continuity, Risk and Resilience with Russell PriceIn this interview Russell Price speaks with Shalen Sehgal, MD of Crises Control, on the critical importance of Business Continuity and Crisis Management to Small and Medium Enterprises and the role of standards in helping them compete and succeed in today's markets.

Standards can sometimes be intimidating or thought to be only appropriate for big business.  In this video Russell explains why this view is wrong and how SME's can lever their size and agility to develop good plans and compete more effectively in their markets.

Meet the Crisis Experts - Episode 3 - Standards & Plans with Crises Control and Russell Price.

For more information please contact on how Standards can help organizations develop their risk and resilience planning contact us directly.  To see more from the 'Meet the Experts' series from Crises Control click HERE!

 


Managing Cyber Risk and the application of Cyber Insurance

 
UPDATE on the development of ISO 27102 ISO 27102 - Cyber Insurance
 
Ahead of the next meeting of the ISO Technical Committee for Information Security responsible for the development of the international standard for Cyber Insurance (27102) in Tel Aviv in April a meeting was held in London on 8th February to discuss the concerns and possible solutions as part of the Public Consultation phase of the standards development. 
 
Those attending the session represented a diverse group of stakeholders from across the Insurance Sector and included a number of significant endusers. Ahead of this meeting over 50 other stakeholders, representing a more diverse base of stakeholders, also provided feedback on the proposal for a cyber insurance standard.
 
During these discussions the overwhelming majority felt that the standard was currently not appropriate and rather duplicated guidance already available in the market. Further, the consensus was that the structure of the documents did not help either the user or the insurance sector. The group also strongly felt that there was too little practical advice for users on the insurance aspects that need to be considered and how best to engage and align their operations to optimise the benefits insurance can bring.
 
However, as the meeting developed it become clear that there was a way forward that could, if adopted by ISO, address the concerns and provide a powerful tool for users and the insurance sector to enhance and improve the efficiency of the process, improving the value for all.
 
In the next week or so the UK will be submitting comments and our recommendations to ISO for consideration in Tel Aviv.
 
We are hopeful that the recommendations will be received positively, as they directly address the needs of the market and support the wider work of the ISO Committee responsible for Information Security.
 
Critically, the recommendations to be submitted also directly address the concerns of the insurance sector and have garnered strong support from those active across the sector. By altering some aspects of the scope, revising certain sections and focusing on a more evolved set of outcomes this standard could end up driving considerable growth in the sector while also improving the quality and capabilities of Cyber Risk Management.
 
If you would like to know more please do get in touch with me at russell.price@continuityforum.org.
 

Research shows SMEs are not as BC ready as they believe

Crises Control - SME Research

 

Research carried out by Crises Control and the Continuity Forum has revealed that while almost all SMEs agree business continuity planning is a vital protection for their business a majority are not in fact ready to effectively handle a business disruption incident. 

 

Crises Control, the award-winning mass notification platform teamed up with the Continuity Forum, the leading business continuity advice and research organisation in the UK, to research the SME market. The research was carried out using a mixture of in depth phone calls and an online survey.

 

ISO Standard for Cyber Insurance gets one step closer to publication

ISO Standard for Cyber Insurance 27102
International Standards Organization (ISO) and its' technical committee for Information Security has been developing a new Cyber Insurance standard to help organizations better understand their exposure and identify how they might use Cyber Insurance as part of their Information Security and Risk Management activity.
 
This standard (ISO 27102) is part of the ISO 27000 family is now entering the consultation phase ahead of final publication.

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!

 


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.  

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.

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. 
 

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 to be revised & updated | find out more

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

British Standard 65000:2014 | guidance on organizational resilience was first mooted nearly 10 years ago and published in 2014 having passed through a number of major development stages.

UPDATE 2020 - BS65000 will be starting a process of revision and update in 2020 to ensure that the guidance it contains helps organisations to continue meeting the challenges found in an increasingly complex world

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