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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.

Review your corporate cyber resilience today

It is hard to get away from the presence and scale of the cyber security threat. The media is full of stories of companies who have been hit by a data breach. UK government figures from the Information Security Breaches Survey 2015 indicate that the average cost of the most severe online security breaches range from £1.5 to £3.1 million for big business and from £75,000 to £311,000 for SMEs. According to the survey, 90% of large organisations and 74% of SMEs reported an information security breach during the year.

EU-US Safe Harbour data privacy deal is vital for cloud computing

You might be wondering what all the recent fuss in the media has been about EU data sharing agreements with the US and the attitude of the US government towards surveillance on citizens’ data for the purposes of national security.

Advice to employees caught up in a terrorist attack

Following the latest Paris attacks, the need to plan for the possibility of a marauding firearms attack by terrorists has been rammed home to those responsible for public safety. The police and the CT authorities bear a significant responsibility in such a scenario and they are already actively planning and rehearsing for such attacks. But those responsible for employee safety, especially in big buildings or campuses in large cities, also need to consider what they should do to ensure the safety of those within their care.

Crises Control shortlisted for Business Continuity Awards 2016

Crises Control, the mass notification, multi-channel, business continuity platform and crisis response solution, has been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious Business Continuity Awards 2016, Cloud Based Services and Most innovative Product of the Year. Introduced in 2014 by tech company Transputec for their own clients, it was so successful that they took its development up a level, adding to its user experience and incorporating a number of features unique in the field, before launching it on the open market.

Exercise Unified Response

Exercise Unified Response, coordinated by the London Fire Brigade and involving all the emergency services, first responders, local authorities, utility companies, forensic specialists and victim identification teams from across the country has just been completed. Teams from Hungary, Italy and Cyprus also took part and the EU funded some £2million of the costs.

Backup and disaster recovery are key drivers of enterprise cloud usage

Research just published has found that the majority of enterprises in the US plan to increase their spending on cloud computing by as much as 50 percent in 2016. According to a new study conducted by B2B research firm, Clutch, nearly 30 percent will maintain their current spending, and only 6 percent will reduce their cloud computing budget.

Crises Control business continuity platform is listed on new G-Cloud 7 framework

Crises Control, the mass notification, multi-channel, business continuity platform and crisis response solution has been just been listed on the government G-Cloud 7 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.

No let up in terror threat in 2016

2016 has barely begun, yet we have already seen a renewal of the terrorist threat to the UK, as well as many other places around the globe. A video just released by ISIS, featuring a jihadist with a London accent, shows the execution of five ‘British spies’ and threatens revenge on the UK for RAF air strikes in Syria.

Communication let me down… Why you need a notification system!

Charlie Maclean-Bristol, Director of Training at Crises Control Channel Partner, Business Continuity Training, discusses the importance of having an effective communication system during an incident.

CIR Magazine 2015/16

Crises Control features in CIR Magazine 2015/16 EMN Software Report

Crises Control has featured for the first time in the Continuity Insurance & Risk Magazine, Emergency and Mass Notification Software Report for 2015/16. The Report is a market leading analysis of the top 13 global suppliers of emergency and mass notification software.

Avoid London area closed, turn on radio

On the 7th July 2005 four bombs were exploded in London. The repercussions are felt to this day with survivors still requiring medical treatment for their injuries and families, from all over the world, grieving their losses. All forms of communication were tested to the limit on that day, in some areas there was chaos.