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We must be prepared at all times

The terrorist attack at the Palace of Westminster serves as a hideous reminder of the IRA aphorism that "You have to be lucky every day: we have to be lucky on one day". Fortunately, and predictably, the Palace of Westminster is one of the most secure establishments in the country. The fact that a policeman has been stabbed to death serves to emphasise the price that is demanded of those who protect us and our democracy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this time.

Information security tops list of concerns for BC professionals

Information security issues have topped the list of threats that business continuity professionals are concerned about for the third year running, according to the BCI Horizon Scan Report for 2017.

It's not just the big boys that get caught out

It's not only the big boys - Tesco, Talk Talk, Google, Camelot, PayAsUGym, Yahoo - that get caught out by cyber attacks, but also the small, medium size companies and organisations.

Best practice #3 - "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you"

In the previous two blogs in this series on best practice in BC planning, I looked at identifying and mitigating the risks to your corporate environment, and at scenario planning for your identified risk events. These two steps prepare the ground for the next task, which is to develop your response and recovery plans should the risk you fear actually materialise.

Don’t ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for yourself

The Public Accounts Committee has made it clear that the Government is moving too slowly in its actions to protect the nation against cyber attacks. At the same time the Secretary for Defence makes the threat more pertinent and makes it clear that we are under constant attack from state sponsored hacking.

Crises Control features in EMNS Software Report

Crises Control has featured once more in a leading Emergency and Mass Notification Software Report. The CIR EMNS Software Report 2016/17 is a market leading analysis of the top 13 global suppliers of emergency and mass notification software.

Who uses "Password" as a password these days?

There is an interesting farce being played out in the United States of America which is both amusing and disturbing at the same time. On the one hand is the incumbent President and on the other the President-Elect.

Crises Control is for life, not just for Christmas

Business disruptions happen at any and all times of year, but they seem to hit the headlines more during the holiday season. Here in the UK we have had the threat of postal, rail and airline strikes and in Germany this week we have the dreadful news about the terror attack on the Christmas market in Berlin.

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.