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We publish weekly updates from the business continuity world, covering recent news items or reflecting on our travels and experiences with clients.

Charlie addresses topics from a Business Continuity perspective and you might be surprised how much of today’s news relates to BC! Providing valuable insight, Charlie raises critical questions which will surely encourage you to reconsider your Business Continuity plans.

Cyber Incident Management Exercises – Exercising Beyond the Basics

In this week’s bulletin, Charlie discusses what is covered in basic and advanced cyber exercises and looks at why organisations should consider running more sophisticated exercises. As cyber attacks continue apace – and having ran a sophisticated cyber exercise on Tuesday – I thought for this week’s bulletin, I would share some thoughts on ‘exercising beyond the basics’.

A Schools Cyber Incident Response Checklist

This week, Charlie gives advice on how schools and trusts can prepare for cyber incidents and provides a useful checklist of considerations. In last week’s bulletin, I wrote about ‘Business Continuity Planning in Schools’. Once the bulletin had gone out, it occurred to me that I hadn’t mentioned anything about cyber, so I thought this week I would

Notes from The Gloucester City Council Managing a Cyber Attack – Case Study

In this week’s bulletin, Charlie gives an insight into Gloucester City Council’s cyber attack that took place late last year and discusses what we can learn from the incident. The above report was published in December 2023, and I have just got around to reading it. I thought that, after looking at the British Library’s cyber attack report

The British Library Cyber Incident Report – Standard or New Lessons?

In this week’s bulletin, Charlie looks into the cyber attack on the British Library and discusses what organisations can take away from the attack. It’s difficult to extract lessons learned from cyber response when you are not the responder. Most organisations don’t like to share their lessons, or when they do, they mainly do so behind closed doors.

Ransomware- Considerations for whether you should pay or not pay a ransom

In this week’s bulletin, Charlie discusses the pros and cons of paying a ransom and provides us with some advice about how we can be more resilient when faced with a ransomware threat. This week, I conducted a cyber exercise with a Housing Association, and I have another upcoming exercise with a senior management team. One of the

Clarion Housing Association Cyber Incident, June 2022 – A Case Study

In this week’s bulletin, Charlie looks at the recent cyber incident from Clarion and explains how organisations can recover from a cyber incident. Next week, I am conducting a cyber exercise for a housing association, and in preparation, I decided to explore the specific impact of a cyber incident on housing associations. When discussing cyber-attacks, the most frequently

Vishing – What Is It and Should You Be Worried?

This week, Charlie discusses vishing and how it can affect your organisation, and looks at the importance of sufficient cyber training in the workplace. This week, I was going to write about the MGM Resorts hack in September 2023 and, as part of my research on the hack and its effects on the casino, I learned that the

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