Enhancement Programme to the Civil Contingencies Act announced

While the CCA regime provided a robust and effective mechanism for responding to all of the disruptive challenges that have occurred since 2005 (e.g. floods, Bluetongue disease, foot and mouth, and the Buncefield fire), these events and the subsequent reviews (particularly the Pitt and Newton Reviews) provided much new evidence which indicated that there are various aspects of the CCA regime which would merit a more thorough review.

Urgent and fundamental changes needed for UK flood planning PITT Review

Business Continuity Management 

Pitt Review places BCM at the heart of National prevention and management Strategy

Sir Michael Pitt, who has led the independent review commissioned by the government following widespread flooding last year, has made more than 90 recommendations in his final report published today (25/06/08).

Throughout the final report, Business Continuity Management is cited as a primary means of establishing a far higher capability. The submission made by the Continuity Forum has been reflected in key recommendations made by Sir Michael with all of the measures and proposals by the Continuity Forum being recommended to government by the review team.

100's of critical sites vulnerable to flooding

Serious concerns over the flooding risk of hundreds of critical sites

Hundreds of UK power substations and water treatment plants are potentially at risk from flooding, a confidential government study suggests. The BBC has reported that it has seen the conclusions of research commissioned after the devastating floods of 2007.

ADVANCE NOTICE - Special Risks Summit - 26th September


The Continuity Forum announces Special Risks summit in association with the Cabinet Office

The Continuity Forum in association with the Cabinet Office will be hosting a Special Risks Summit on 26th September 2008. This special event will discuss the implications of the Pitt review and examine the developing role of BCM in enabling better resilience to flooding. The summit will also prominently feature the latest information on Pandemic and detail both best practice advice and our latest research into the preparedness of organisations.

This prestigious event builds on the recommendations of the Pitt review and leading Health figures we will be sharing information on the vital role of BCM in establishing better Organisational and Community Resilience across the UK. This all day event will be held in London and will be open to both members and non-Members. Places will be at a premium and early registration or expressions of interest are urged.

For more information on the Summit please contact Sara McKenna on 020 8993 1599 or by mail at End

Environment Secretary promises 'action plan'

Government Minister responds to Pitt Review

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has pledged to introduce a "prioritised action plan" to improve flood protection which will be published in the autumn. Mr Benn was commenting on the official review by Sir Michael Pitt into last summer's devastating floods.

Minister promises action on Flooding

Minister responds to Pitt Review

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has pledged to introduce a "prioritised action plan" to improve flood protection which will be published in the autumn. 

Mr Benn was commenting on the official review by Sir Michael Pitt into last summer's devastating floods. Mr Benn said £5m would be spent on surface water management, £1m on making reservoirs safer and £250,000 on a nationwide flood response exercise.

New volunteer system to support local response against threats

Government plans for new volunteer Army

21/03/2008 Gordon Brown wants tens of thousands of Britons to join a new volunteer force to help the Government respond and help tackle boost resources in handling threats to our communities from flooding right through to terrorism. 

The Prime Minister also said ministers will also publish an annual risk register of the top threats facing Britain, from the Al Qaeda terror threat to flooding and cyber crime. The new force, called a new Civil Protection Network, will be based on the local Neighbourhood Watch schemes and will link into Local Authority Planning The Prime Minister said he wanted to see “improved resilience against emergencies" from floods to terrorist attacks. This would take “not the old Cold War idea of civil defence but a new form of civil protection". 

Serious Crime Chief warns of Cyber crime threat

SOCA e-crime chief wants closer realtionship with business to combat cyber threat

Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) Head of e-crime, Sharon Lemon, is warning that cyber crime is so widespread it features in nearly every criminal investigation.

The Continuity Forum and City Police just a week ago broadcast the same warnings at the IT security threat briefing held in conjunction with IBM.

Lemon said that computer technology was extensively used by criminals and it was vital that each of the UK's police forces had the ability to tackle it. She said: "It needs more awareness and in the year 2008 e-crime is not a specialist crime anymore, it is something that is spreading out to take in all of organised crime. "These people find each other over the internet, they use encryption to protect their data. It is about making sure that everybody in law enforcement understands that e-crime is part of their daily business."

IT Risk

Business Continuity Breakfast Seminar SERIES

EVENT CLOSED Business Continuity - IT, Business Security and Resilience 13th March 2008 - South Bank, SE1 The Continuity Forum in association with IBM are hosting a Business Continuity breakfast seminar on Thursday 13th March.

Event overview

Never has the importance and profile of IT security ever been higher, it seems that daily new reports of stolen or “lost" feature in news headlines. Securing corporate systems, protecting customers data and ensuring that the Intellectual Capital of organisations effectively controlled and managed is now the top priority for 2008 of IT and Business Continuity Professionals. Through this Continuity Forum event with the support of IBM and in association with our colleagues in the City of London Police we offer the latest advice on how to assess and address the risks posed, manage the consequences to the organisation and harden the security of your vital IT infrastructure. This special event forms part of our Security in the City programme of public events and is free to attend.

Our speakers will look at the lessons learned over the years and share experiences of real events and their impact. We will be covering how organisations must adapt to the developing framework of Security and risk and how real value can be gained though integration with organisation wide Business Continuity Management and we'll be illustrating how to establish good Continuity and Risk Management within your organisation that meets both operational and commercial needs.

Breakfast Briefing information: Agenda:

Welcome & Introduction

The Importance of securing the IT - infrastructure Leading figure from the City of London Police

IT Security for the SMB Market - IBM Internet Security - Internet Security Systems - These sessions will highlight the options and illustrate how the organisation can secure the infrastructure. - 

Business Continuity & Security - The Continuity Forum

Q&A Session (moderated) followed by Networking & Close

FINISH at approximately 11:30

Timing & Location

Attendees should aim to arrive from 08:15 on Thursday 13th March for breakfast which will be served at 08:30. The briefing will commence at 09:00 promptly with the event finishing at around 11:30hrs.

We are very grateful to IBM for permitting us the use of their South Bank facilities for this event. The closest station to IBM South Bank is Waterloo which is only a few minutes walk from the venue. For further information or to register your booking for the day of the event please contact:

Sara McKenna HERE! or call us on 0208 993 1599

Please do contact us ASAP to book your place as places will fill up quickly.

If you would like to know more about how your organisation can get involved and benefit from working with the Continuity Forum, please call on + 44 (0) 208 993 1599.

Risky business: BCM 2008 report exposes vulnerability of organisations across the UK

UK plc failing to protect their people, property and data

The threat of disaster continues to hang over organisations across the UK, as many fail to provide adequate protection for their key assets. The latest annual report published by the CMI and supported by the Cabinet Office and the Continuity Forum reveals that organisations recognise a need to guard against disruption and face increasing pressure to do so.

Economic Consequences of a Pandemic

At the time of this writing H5N1, known as Avian Flu, is spreading throughout Asia with one of the highest mortality rates of any flu virus of the previous century. Even the Influenza (Spanish Flu) of 1918 did not have as high a morbidity and mortality rate as H5N1 (Avian Flu). We are seeing almost daily some revelation from the World Health Organization (WHO) or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the popular media.

Lloyds underwriters share their views on emerging risk

Category Business Continuity Management Briefing BCM - BCM & Risk Management - General

Corporate liability is a key risk facing the insurance industry

February 2008 The instability of global financial markets is the single factor which will most impact the insurance industry during 2008: this is one of the key findings of the Lloyd's annual underwriters survey.

The survey asked 138 Lloyd's underwriters questions about working in the Lloyd's environment, including what emerging risks will most challenge the insurance industry over the coming year. Instability of global financial markets was highlighted by survey respondents as the most prominent emerging threat of 2008. This echoed what was said at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which was held in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

Global government and business leaders gathered to discuss issues of immediate concern for 2008. The repercussions of the US sub-prime crisis were at the top of the agenda for the week-long event, with uncertainty and volatility generally predicted for the coming year. More than half of those who participated in the Lloyd's survey believe that the compensation culture is out of control.

David Jones, Divisional Managing Director - Professional Liability, Markel International, explains the how the financial crisis will relate to insurers, "Over the next 12 months we are going to see the sub-prime web unraveling as the layers of collatorised debt obligations collapse from the pools of investors worldwide. There is an inevitability that increased property repossession will once again lead to litigation against mortgage brokers, solicitors and surveyors as the lending institutions seek to recover their losses without necessarily questioning their lending criteria."

 Liability will be a key theme for Lloyd's 360 risk project in 2008, which has commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to undertake a survey of business leaders to get opinions on issues such as compensation culture and the global credit crunch. Eighty-two percent of underwriters questioned in the Lloyd's survey believed that more consideration is being given to corporate liability by insurance buyers, although 61% still felt that more preparation was needed. Andrew Miller, Director at BPL Global also believes that financial instability will be a key threat in 2008, and identifies another major concern:

The two main issues that will continue to drive our business are the "credit crunch" and the problems of terrorism and political violence. Both are really only just beginning to bite and their shared characteristic is that they are set to get worse before they get better. Forty-nine percent of survey respondents feel that the world will be a less stable place in 2008 and although 55% of underwriters feel that insurance buyers are giving greater consideration to terrorism and political risk in planning, 56% still feel that they need to do more.

Furthermore, only 21% believe that insurance buyers are giving greater consideration to climate change in risk management, which is a concern at a time when flooding and unseasonably high temperatures are highlighting the impact of climate change. Thirty-nine percent of underwriters questioned feel that climate change is likely to contribute to above average losses from the 2008 hurricane season after two years of benign loss experience.

However, despite all the uncertainty, overall 83% of the respondents believe that disaster and continuity planning is higher on the agenda for global business leaders than it was two years ago and over three quarters feel that risk managers are more sophisticated in their understanding of risk than two years ago. There is still much to be done, but it is encouraging that risk management seems to be higher on the agenda than ever as underwriters and business leaders alike face up to a challenging year.

For more details on our events, workshops and industry development work, as well as the general activities of the Continuity Forum please contact us directly on +44 208 993 1599 or mail us HERE! 

UK 'ill-prepared' against floods says Pitt

BCM & Risk Management - Flooding - Guidance - General
Government and Business must do to plan for Flooding events
Feb 2008 
The UK's disaster management is woefully inadequate, says the man leading a government review into last summer's flooding. Sir Michael Pitt told a meeting of the Local Government Association that preparations and warnings for surface water flooding were not in place. He called for more resources to prevent a similar disaster from recurring.

Is outsourcing too risky?

Category Business Continuity Management Briefing BCM - BCM & Risk Management - Outsourcing - Services - General

Not if you plan carefully ...

23 Jan 2008 Before an organisation decides to follow the outsourcing trend, attention must be paid to the many risks involved in this way of doing business, says Anthony Plewes. No matter what the reason is for outsourcing key IT processes, there's always an element of risk. Will the supplier deliver? Was the contract appropriately scoped? Are the business objectives truly being fulfilled? These issues shouldn't be left to chance. Anyone considering the outsourcing route must take deliberate, methodical steps to mitigate the potentially high risks involved. Here are the areas you should be sure are covered thoroughly.

Protecting your business from floods - New guidance

BCM & Risk Management - Flooding - Guidance - General
Protecting your business from floods' - guidance available
02 January 2008 
Flooding can be a business disaster. As well as damage to premises or equipment, you may lose stock and supplies. You may also find that you cannot trade while the damage is repaired, contracts are lost, customers go elsewhere and suppliers may not be able to meet your needs.
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