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Relying on free tools for your critical communications is a risky business

What has gone unnoticed in the recent story about the disgraceful burning of a Grenfell Tower effigy on a bonfire in South East London is that this event was almost certainly never intended to be made public. One of the people involved filmed the event on their smartphone and then posted it to what was very likely meant to be a private WhatsApp group. Someone in the private group then forwarded the video onto at least one other person outside of the group and any control over distribution was lost from that point onwards. The video went viral and the fury of the country descended upon them. No sympathy from me on this point. The massive outpouring of public anger that led to their subsequent arrest by the police, was the least that they deserved.

My point in raising this issue is that it highlights one of the dangers of using free tools like WhatsApp for critical communications purposes, which is that WhatsApp groups lack administrator control over what happens to the information that is shared via the application. Any media attachments, such as videos, are downloaded as default to all user devices and can easily be shared outside of the platform. This is a seriously risky business if you are sending anything that you would regard as confidential.

Crises Control partners with the Continuity Forum to research the SME market

Crises Control, the award-winning mass notification platform designed for business continuity, has teamed up with the Continuity Forum, the leading business continuity advice and research organisation in the UK, to research the SME market.

The Crises Control platform has a number of unique features of direct relevance to the SME market, which has so far proved largely resistant to BCM software on the grounds of functionality, resources and costs.

Crises Control have now partnered with the Continuity Forum to take advantage of their expertise to conduct research into the current state of business continuity planning in the SME sector in the UK and the size of the potential market for technology solutions to their BC challenges.

Face up to your data protection duties before you are hit with a fine

Facebook has been hit this week with another massive data breach which has rocked both its share price and its reputation. The hack saw sophisticated attackers combine three bugs in Facebook's profile, privacy and video uploading features to steal the access tokens of 50 million users. These access tokens could allow the attackers to take over user accounts and act as them on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and other sites that rely on Facebook's login system.

Facebook has a European HQ based in Dublin that brings into play the new EU GDPR rules around data protection. It is thought that less than 10% of the 50 million users compromised in the latest breach live in the EU. But Facebook still could be liable for up to $1.63 billion in fines, or 4% of its $40.7 billion in annual global revenue for the prior financial year, if the EU determines it didn't do enough to protect the security of its users.

Crises Control is the Cloud DR and Continuity Product of the Year

I am delighted to announce that Crises Control, the mass notification, multi-channel, business continuity platform and crisis response solution, has been awarded the title of Cloud DR and Continuity Product of the Year in the Computing Magazine Cloud Excellence Awards 2018.

The Cloud DR and Continuity Product Award is for solutions that demonstrate the most reliable service and have impressed the judges in terms of innovation, features and market share.

Crises Control is a business continuity and recovery tool whose fundamental design is based around the opportunities offered by the cloud to enhance business resilience. It makes use of the cloud in a number of ways.

How confident are you that you will stay lucky?

"Optimism bias (also known as unrealistic or comparative optimism) is a cognitive bias that causes a person to believe that they are at a lesser risk of experiencing a negative event compared to others."

Are you an optimist? The probability is apparently 50/50 that you are. 50% of us see the glass as half empty and the other 50% see it as half full.

But up to 80% of us suffer, or enjoy, another form of positivity known as optimism bias. The belief that we are at a lesser risk of experiencing a negative event than others. People who have an optimism bias do irrational things, like systematically ignoring concrete information about risk.

Crises Control nominated for Cloud DR and Continuity Product of the Year 2018

I am delighted to announce that Crises Control, the mass notification, multi-channel, business continuity platform and crisis response solution, has been shortlisted for Cloud DR and Continuity Product of the Year in the Computing Magazine Cloud Excellence Awards 2018.

The Cloud DR and Continuity Product of the Year Award is for solutions that demonstrate the most reliable service and have impressed the judges in terms of innovation, features and market share.

Crises Control is a business continuity and recovery tool whose fundamental design is based around the opportunities offered by the cloud to enhance business resilience. It makes use of the cloud in a number of ways.

Crises Control launches new mobile app for UK government customers

Crises Control, the mass notification, multi-channel, business continuity platform and crisis response solution, has just launched a new mobile application aimed exclusively at the UK government community. The new app, Crises Control for Gov, is available now on the Apple and Google App stores.

The mobile app allows the full functionality of the Crises Control platform to be used on any mobile device, meaning that a business continuity incident can now be managed from any location, or even on the move. This is particularly useful where an incident involves the loss of power or internet to an office building or operations centre, or where access to that building is restricted due to fire, flood or a security incident.

Crises Control for Gov is only available to UK government customers, via the G-Cloud 10 digital marketplace. UK public sector organisations can save time and cost on their procurement process by relying on the terms of use agreed under the G-Cloud 10 framework.

Crises Control v5.2 launches with new features and GDPR compliant security enhancements

As Product Development Manager for Crises Control, I am very pleased to announce the successful launch of Version 5.2 of our platform. We pride ourselves on Crises Control being an award-winning, leading-edge, critical incident management tool. We have not won that reputation by standing still in the area of product development, but by constantly innovating to bring improvements and enhancements to the platform for the benefit of our customers.

The new version has made a number of significant improvements to both the portal and the mobile application, with bug fixes, new features and new performance reports. And we have also introduced some important enhancements to the security of private data, to ensure that we are fully compliant with GDPR data minimisation, storage and security principles.

Crises Control listed on G-Cloud 10 digital marketplace

I am delighted to announce that Crises Control, the mass notification, multi-channel, business continuity platform and crisis response solution has just been listed on the latest government Digital Marketplace through the G-Cloud 10 framework, making it available to all public sector organisations. This means that public sector organisations can save time and cost on their procurement process by relying on the terms of use agreed under the framework.

Crises Control is an innovative award-winning cloud based EMNS app combined with a sophisticated business disruption incident management platform, delivered through a mobile application, with a number of unique features of direct relevance to the public sector market.

A radically different incident management platform

Crises Control is an award-winning incident management platform radically different from its competitors.

Our vision is to democratise business continuity planning.

  • BEFORE an incident we help you to build plans, test them continually to improve them and build a responsive culture within your organisation.
  • DURING the disruption we allow you to deliver unified, dependable and secure communications to your organisation and your people.
  • AFTER the incident we provide out of the box reporting and auditability.

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