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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.

BIS Cyber Hygiene Profile - CALL FOR REVIEW

BIS CYBER HYGIENE PROFILE DRAFT REVIEW - COMMENTS NEEDEDFeedback is needed from industry on the first draft of the Cyber Hygiene Profile developed by BIS and intended to identify the basic cyber controls that should be present in business.
 
The current draft can be viewed and comments submitted through the BSI’s Draft Review System and the review will close on the 16th March, 2014.

BIS Cyber Risk developments aim to build UK Capacity in SME's

In March 2013, the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills issued a “Call for Views and Evidence”  that built on the commitments made in the 2011 Cyber Security Strategy published by government.

The Call for Evidence focused on the intention of government to encourage the adoption of industry led standards that can be used by organisations to  improve the management of cyber risk. The particular focus of this work stream, that is part of a series of connected developments across business and government, was centred on the needs of SME companies.

UK Government Climate Change Risk Assessment

 
This report outlines the UK Government’s views on the main issues raised in the Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) Evidence Report (an independent analysis funded by UK Government and Devolved Governments), to highlight actions already in place to manage the risks identified in the CCRA, and to outline UK Government plans for the future.
 
The CCRA Evidence Report sets out the main risks and opportunities for the UK, arising from climate change, over the coming years. It is important to note that the analysis, informed by the UK Climate Projections, provides a baseline of impacts, disregarding current and future planned action in the majority of the analysis. Excluding these factors from the analysis provides a more robust ‘baseline’ against which the effects of different plans and policies can be more easily assessed.
 
In laying this this report report to Parliament the Minster said "The CCRA Evidence Report is a world-class independent research project that analyses the key risks and opportunities that changes to the climate bring to the UK. It provides a baseline that sets out how climate risks may manifest themselves in the absence of current and planned actions."
 
Caroline Spelman adds "The baseline of the CCRA Evidence Report allows Government and others to assess the extent to which our actions and plans are climate resilient, and to judge what more needs to be done."
 

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment: Government Report


Climate Change and Business Continuity - changing the future - a new working group

Changing the future ...
 
The Continuity Forum has been working for a number of years looking at how the expertise and experience gained by Risk and Business Continuity professionals can help change our future.
 
Climate Change is a very real threat that needs united action by the public and private sector if the risks it brings are to be effectively countered.
 
Across disparate areas, expert opinion has confirmed everyone needs to be more active and to start considering how Climate Chnage may affect them. The Continuity Forum has developed relationships with government and academia, investigating the contribution our professions expertise can make to this challenge.
 
What has become clear over this time is that there are very few people in better positions to understand the risks and consequences to organisations and communities than the BC and Risk Management Communities. Whether its Flooding or Drought, Supply Chain disruption or Fire, even natural disasters, our sectors have real experience of how to cope more effectively.  Moreover, with the changing landscape and profile of Business Continuity and Risk Management across the world the time is now right to seek positive engagement on how we can help deliver cost-effective, viable and sustainable solutions. 
 

Phase 2 Consultation of Civil Contingencies Act

After two years the revision of the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) through the Enhancement Programme (EP) is nearing completion with the final consultations closing on 27th September 2011.  
 
The Enhancement Programme to the Civil Contingencies Act covers most areas of the legislation and has been split into phases. The phase has delivered updates centred primarily on Emergency Response and Recovery across the country and builds on the lessons learnt since the introduction of the Act. Clarification and updates have also been made on Good Practice Guidance, Mutual Aid and the fit with other legislation. (Summary of Phase One work)   
 
The work continues with consultation on the changes proposed in the following areas: 
 
Co-operation
Local Responder Risk Assessment Duty
Business Continuity Management
Communicating with the Public
Business Continuity Advice and Assistance to Business and the Voluntary Sector);
Arrangements for London
 
If you have yet to review these changes to the Act time is running out. You can use the links below to see and comment on the changes proposed.  
 
The Continuity Forum welcomes the revision process, particularly the aligning of Business Continuity arrangements with the British Standard BS25999 that we feel the revisions significantly clarify the expectations of the Act within all Category One and Two Responders. Another Major plus for the revised Act are the expectations relating to communications which we feel is a major step forward, providing greater clarity and removing much of the ambiguity that previously existed. It is clear to us that the CCA team has worked hard to a balanced review that provides flexibility in delivering appropriate solutions and processes, whilst maintaining clear direction on the expectations of the Act.    
 
The alignment with BS25999 is of particular importance to the sector and our communities as the Civil Contingencies Act preceded the launch of the Standard. Whilst many of those within the sector had aligned with BS25999 principles the now revisions make this expectation far clearer. We would hope that those planing in Category One and Two organisations will quickly move to assess and adapt their planning to meet this expectation, in particular the aspects that address their supply chain. Many BCM professionals working within organisations covered by the CCA have found this area to be a difficult area to address with management and has led to numerous avoidable problems.     
 
One area that we feel may need to be strengthened is the verification and audit of of the Business Continuity arrangements in place. Whilst we accept that some aspects of the BCM capabilities within Category One organisations may need a degree of adaption (and indeed BS25999 allows for this) this should not undermine the intent of either the Act or BS25999. Consequently, we would to see a condition added to justify variance from the standard.  This would not undermine the flexibility of either the Act or standard, but would result in evidence for the need to vary from accepted Good Practice to be justified more clearly. We also feel that a little more focus should be given to the audit and assessment of the plans developed and deployed as could be argued as fundamental to delivery of value from the investment being made. 
 
With regards to Category Two responders, we feel that the regulators for these sectors need to pay far more attention to the Business Continuity arrangements developed by the companies they are responsible for regulating and should demand similar levels of detail and regular updates. The Continuity Forum is working in this area and we are hoping to meet with the primary regulators shortly to discuss this issue further.        
 
Links to more information is shown below: (Opens in new window)
 
In a change to previous consultations, those wishing to comment are asked to submit their comments, via a dedicated on-line survey. The link is HERE!
   
If preferred, paper based comments will be accepted and a template can be requested from [email protected]
 
Final versions of the revised Act are expected to be complete in early Spring 2012. 
 
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the Civil Contingencies Act in more detail please do get in touch.
 

 

 

Liverpool BC Forum group offers free training March 22

 

Liverpool Business Continuity Management Forum is offering free business continuity training for small/medium businesses and voluntary organisations throughout 2011.

Exercise Watermark underway

 

Over the next week the largest ever civil protection exercise in the UK gets underway. The Exercise, called Watermark, involves 10 government departments, 34 resilience forums and many teams from emergency planning, water and energy companies, hospitals and schools as well as a host of Business Continuity professionals coming together to test their preparedness against a range of different flooding Sceanrios.
 
Exercise Watermark is supported by DEFRA, who are contributing £820,000 to the emergency services, charities and others to help pay for flood rescue equipment and training. All of the equipment will be added to the National asset register for flood rescue resources and will be called upon in the event of major flooding events.
 

Got the sniffles? Get a tissue

Verdant looks at the communications around the flu epidemic

Andrew Lansley's decision to pull the Flu advertising campaign in the run up to Christmas has caused a huge amount of debate and criticism targeted at the Government who have been accused of putting the nation's health at risk in order to save money. 

EU Flood Command to improve EU response

 
EU FloodCommand is a new UK-led, EU co-funded project to improve cooperation between member states as they plan and implement a joined-up response to coastal flooding disasters. Coastal flooding has been a cause of major loss of life and destruction of property over recent decades across Europe, and the problem is due to get worse with global warming and predicted rises in sea levels. The EU has agreed to fund the project up to 80 per cent of its overall eligible costs.
 

DEFRA announces £2M for flood rescue capability

 

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced a total of £2million to improve flood rescue capability. Grants totalling approximately £650,000 have been awarded from the fund today.

Civil Contingencies 2011 Conference Programme

 

Civil Contingencies 2011 Programme 
 
 

Seminars at Civil Contingencies 2011

Conference Seminars available at Civil Contingencies 2011- 18 Jan 2011


A careful selection of one-hour seminars running in the morning and afternoon will allow delegates to understand complex areas of specific interest. You will have the opportunity to attend two seminars in total. These sessions will open up into an interactive discussion, giving you the chance to contribute and debate the hot topics of the day.

Annual flood damage costs £1 billion - but could rise to £27 billion by 2080

 
While there has been a significant real increase in real terms for flood defence spending since 1997, in order to maintain existing levels of flood protection to 2035, spending on asset maintenance and construction would have to increase by 80% to over £1 billion per year.
 

GovNet Communications

 
Civil Contingencies 2011 - Continuity Forum Partner Event
 

GovNet - A Continuity Forum Partner

Civil Contingencies 2011
QEII Conference Centre, London. 
Tuesday 18th January, 2011
 
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