Business Continuity Blog

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Welcome to PlanB's Business Continuity Blog.

Our Director Charlie MacLean-Bristol writes weekly updates from the business continuity world, covering recent news items or reflecting on his travels and experiences with clients. Charlie always address a topic from a BC perspective and you might be suprised how much of todays news relates to BC! Providing valuable insight, Charlie raises critical questions which will surely encourage you to reconsider your BC plans. Please enjoy our blogs - especially the ones listed under the category PlanB Funnies (featuring our Top 10 Best Hotels) and feel free to share on twitter - @planbconsulting.  

Our latest blogs are below:

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What is the difference between a cyber and a “normal” incident?

19 JANUARY 2018 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

This week Charlie looks at the ways in which cyber and "normal" incidents are different and why these differences may affect how the incident is managed. Over the last ten days, I have run both a one and a two day Managing and Preparing for Cyber Incidents training course and, as a result, I am in the cyber incident management "zone". So...

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A Review of ‘The Ultimate Business Continuity Success Guide’ by Marty Fox C

15 JANUARY 2018 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

This week Charlie shares his thoughts on ‘The Ultimate Business Continuity Success Guide’ by Marty Fox. I am always happy to review a new business continuity book, especially a physical version, for no other reason than to have another BC book to add to my bookshelf! When Marty Fox asked me to review his new book and offered to send me a copy fr...

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Top 10 Bulletins of 2017

22 DECEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

With the new year approaching, we thought we'd give you a rundown of our Top 10 bulletins of 2017. 1. Only 32 million people were watching... 'Imagine achieving a lifetime’s ambition of winning Best Picture and giving a gushing speech, only minutes later to be told on live TV that you haven’t actually won the award, and the embarrassme...

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Ask The Expert Webinar: GPG 2018 - What you need to know

08 DECEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

A big thank you to Charlie for providing us with an overview of the recently released Good Practice Guidelines 2018. We hope you all enjoyed the webinar as much as we did. To view the recording of the webinar, just click on the YouTube video below. If you have any feedback or requests for particular topics to be covered in future webinars, please comment ...

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Fake news again…

04 DECEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

With another scandal surrounding President Trump emerging this week, Charlie looks at how BC professionals should respond if their organisation's reputation is being damaged by fake news. Most of you will have seen President Trump in the news this week for retweeting a number of anti-Muslim videos, originally posted by the deputy leader of the far-right...

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Why I no longer look at financial impacts when conducting a BIA

24 NOVEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

Charlie looks at the evolution of the BIA and explains his reasons for no longer looking at financial impacts when conducting a BIA. This week I spent some time teaching the GPG course in-house for a bank. We had a long discussion on BIAs and the advantages and disadvantages of including financial impacts in a BIA. So I thought I would share why I don&rsquo...

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When is an ISO not an ISO?

17 NOVEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

This week PlanB Consulting are celebrating passing part 2 of our audit and being certified to ISO 9001. It has been 6 months of hard work and lots of late nights for some, but we achieved it. I am a great believer in ISO standards and at PlanB Consulting we have ISO 9001 and ISO 22301. As BC plans aren’t tested often, it is not too difficult to let thi...

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Some thoughts from the BCI World Conference 2017

10 NOVEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

Returning home from another successful BCI World, Charlie shares his thoughts and feedback on the conference. The conference finished 24 hours ago, so I thought I would share some thoughts with you. I attended as part of the BC Training and PlanB exhibition stand and also gave a talk on the main conference on Wednesday, titled “Business Continuity an...

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10 lessons from the report on the NHS WannaCry cyber attack

03 NOVEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

This week Charlie reflects on the newly released WannaCry report and outlines key lessons organisations can take from the cyber attack. The National Audit Office investigation into the “WannaCry cyber attack and the NHS” was published this week, so I thought I would share 10 lessons from the report which are relevant to all organisations. ...

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Business Continuity in the Caribbean

02 NOVEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

Returning from his recent business trip to the Caribbean, Charlie reflects on the lessons he learned in relation to natural disasters. For the past week, I have been in the Caribbean delivering a series of business continuity workshops and I thought I would share some of the lessons I learned from my two trips to the area. My first lesson is about the...

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