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The Ups and Downs of BC Management

 
Ups and downs of BC article by Ann Pickren, MIR3 COO.You’d think that with the right intentions and a careful, attentive execution, your business continuity plan would be a success, wouldn’t you?
 
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Often the smartest professionals prepare a perfect program, but for unforeseen reasons the outcome is less than ideal.
 
What went wrong?
 

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.

Introducing BS Standard for Organizational Resilience BS 65000

Link to the BSI

Introducing the Organizational Resilience Standard
 
The BS 65000 standard offers guidance on how organizational resilience can be enhanced through connecting the strategic goals of the business with wider thinking on the processes and resources that deliver value enhancing capabilities.  
 

Online Cyber Security course from the OU, Cabinet Office and BIS

Online Cyber security training from the Open University
Future Learn has launched 3 new free cyber security online training courses, funded by the National Cyber Security Programme.  
 
The courses are aimed at all levels, from young people through to existing employees, and represent an excellent opportunity to develop skills in the IA arena.
 

Climate adaptation measures and our BCM approach - a user perspective

Business Continuity at Dentons - IntroductionDentons - Global Law firm - creating positive change
 
Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2013 Global Elite Brand Index, Dentons' clients benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US.
 
The Firm serves the local, regional and global needs of a broad spectrum of clients, including private and public corporations; governments and government agencies; small businesses and start-ups; entrepreneurs; and individuals.
 

The Business Continuity role in adapting to climate change

Environment Agency - Climate Adaptation Last winter heavy rain, storm force winds and large waves combined with high spring tides presented England with unprecedented flooding from the sea, rivers, groundwater and surface water.

Thousands of properties were flooded, infrastructure was damaged and tragically, eight people lost their lives. The full impact of these events has not yet been calculated but we do know that 175,000 businesses in England are at risk of flooding [note1].  

Government sets the bar for Cyber Risk with Cyber Essentials

Cyber essentials scheme Logo Department of Business, Innovation & Skills Minister, Right Hon David Willetts MP, has announced the certification framework for Cyber Essentials, the governments new initiative aimed at creating a minimum expected capability for cyber security.  

Government funding for SME and start up Computer Security

CESG innovation scheme provides £5000 for business cyber risk management The government has extended the Innovation Voucher scheme that supports SMEs, entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups by implementing or improving cyber security.

The scheme provides flexibility and allows firms to choose from a ange of approved suppliers.  Successful applicants will receive up to £5000 from the Innovation Scheme. 

IPCC 2014 stresses importance of Risk Management in meeting Climate challenge

Climate Adaptation and Business Continuity - an essential connection

These videos introduce the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report.  The findings of Working Group Two focuses on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation.
 
These are central themes of not only the latest thinking on how best to meet the Climate Change Challenge, but go to the heart of the work of Risk and Business Continuity professionals across business around the world.
 

Video Animation introducing the Smart Guide to Climate Adaptation

Climate Adaptation and Business Continuity - an essential connection

This short video introduces the Smart Guide - Adapting to Climate Change using your Business Continuity Management System.
 
The guide has been published by BSI in partnership with Climate Ready following our research over the past two years where one of the common requests was for more clarity on how to integrate Climate Adaptation factors into the Business Continuity and Risk Management processes.  
 

Making your Business Climate Ready - Guide for Business Continuity Professionals

Get Involved - Continuity Forum Climate Adaptation Programme
 
Business Continuity Management Professionals have a new tool to help understand and manage the challenge of Climate Change. 
 
“Adapting to Climate Change using your Business Continuity Management System” is a new publication developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with Climate Ready and that has been published by the BSI.
 

HMG announces Cyber Essentials Scheme

 

 

As part of the UK government's long-term strategy to address the increasing threats around cyber risk HMG has announced its Cyber Essentials Scheme.

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

The scheme identifies and focuses on five principal areas that businesses of all types and sizes must consider as "the essential" foundation of their cyber security.

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