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No company can ignore this issue any longer

Technology company Yahoo Inc, has just disclosed that it is once again at the top of a league table that it would rather not be on at all. Only a few months after admitting that it had unknowingly leaked 500 million user account details two years ago, it has now reported that three years ago it had more than 1 billion user account details stolen from it.

Best practice #2 - Scenario planning is a vital part of the risk mitigation process

The BCI Horizon Scan is a great place to start when you need to think about scenario planning. The 2016 Report, for example, tells you that the use of internet for malicious attacks is the number one trend, closely followed by the loss of key employees. This is a finding replicated in the Cyber Resilience Report 2016 sponsored by Crises Control. The Horizon Scan also tells us that new regulation and increased regulatory scrutiny is in the list of the top five trends and uncertainties reported by BC managers. This gives you an important clue as to why scenario planning and testing is now a must for any organisation serious about its BC planning.

ThreatSpike and Crises Control join forces at BCI World 2016

The Crises Control and ThreatSpike teams are joining forces for the first time to showcase leading edge cyber security product ThreatSpike and award winning innovative BC solution Crises Control to the BC community at the BCI World Conference and Exhibition.

Best practice #1 - Good BC planning begins with identifying risk

Good business continuity planning is above all about identifying and mitigating risks to your corporate environment and, if that fails, then having an excellent fall back plan in place that can manage the business disruption event and get your operations up and running again as quickly as possible.

Business continuity planning software for SMEs

Many SMEs have a task list that includes setting up their business continuity plans and disaster recovery arrangements to get their business back up and running after a disruption event. If that sounds like you, then it is probably what I would call an important but not urgent task for you. You know it is important, but winning new customers and keeping your existing customers happy is more urgent on a day-to-day basis.

Congratulations to Everbridge on their success

It is perhaps not the usual thing to congratulate your biggest commercial rival when they achieve great success. But what the heck, I am going to do it anyway. Boston based Everbridge Inc, who are undeniably the biggest beast in the emergency mass notification jungle, last week went for their IPO on the NASDAQ. It was a roaring success.

Can you prepare for an earthquake?

The IRA warned us that we had to be lucky every day, but they had to be lucky on only one day to achieve their objectives. Accepting that truism as correct, the security services do all that they can to disrupt, frustrate, arrest, track and trace, monitor, control and penetrate the organisations that wish us harm in our daily lives. They are as prepared as they can be.

In business you can't afford to stand still

The key to success in business is to never stop innovating and that is what we aim to do here at Crises Control. Our objective is to provide customers with a leading-edge solution to their business continuity planning needs that will meet regulatory requirements and give them a competitive advantage in the market.

Crises Control business continuity platform listed on G-Cloud 8 with partner UKCloud

Crises Control, the mass notification, multi-channel, business continuity platform and crisis response solution has been just been listed on the latest government G-Cloud 8 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.

Governments should turn to professional providers of alerting systems

Government and business both have increasing compliance requirements across the board to communicate with the public and their employees in emergency or disruption situations. Now there are tools that can make that process simple and those with the responsibility need to take advantage of them.

Is Brexit the biggest business disruption event of our lifetimes?

The vote and subsequent result of the EU Referendum that took place on 23rd and 24th June 2016 marked the culmination of a slow burn major event that carried all of the hallmarks of a life changing explosion.

Research finds companies are too slow in responding to cyber incidents

Research commissioned by Crises Control from the well respected Business Continuity Institute into the causes of, and responses to, the growing threat of cyber attack has found some worrying trends in how companies respond to such incidents, including how quickly they take action after an incident has occurred. The research is based on a survey of 369 business continuity professionals from right across the globe.

Are you too slow in responding to cyber incidents?

The Business Continuity Institute conducted research into the causes of, and responses to, the growing threat of cyber attack. This research is based on a survey of 369 business continuity professionals from right across the globe and it confirms some worrying trends in how companies respond to such incidents.

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail

Back in October 2015 the TalkTalk website was hacked with 157,000 customers' details accessed and 16,000 bank account and sort-codes stolen. News of the attack led to a fall of one third in the TalkTalk share price, and ultimately lost them 100,000 customers and cost an estimated £42million.

Crises Control - Most Innovative BC Product of the Year

Every successful entrepreneur starts out with a vision that then needs to be implemented. The most successful are those who have started out by solving a problem for themselves and then turning that into an innovative market leading product or service. That is exactly what market disrupting unicorns such as DropBox, AirBnB, Facebook and ZipCar have done.

If you are facing lions in the Coliseum, you need an exit strategy

The Romans could evacuate 50,000 people from the Coliseum within fifteen minutes. A remarkable feat of architectural planning, business continuity and resilience understanding. All of it done without modern day techniques and computer programmes and Health and Safety statutes.

Can your business afford not to have BC planning in place?

This week is Business Continuity Awareness Week, promoted by the Business Continuity Institute to raise awareness of the importance of BC and resilience planning, and this year featuring the theme of return on investment.

If you think you are safe - think again

Most corporate risk management activity consists of a logical assessment of what random events could possibly come together to cause an unplanned or accidental event which results in a major disruption of your normal business activity. On the operational side perhaps a fire, or a flood, a snowstorm, a heatwave, high winds, transport disruption, staff sickness or a power cut. On the commercial side perhaps economic recession, exchange rate fluctuation, supply chain disruption or competitor success.