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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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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'A Beginner's Guide to Cyber Security' Webinar

20 OCTOBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

Thank you to Sadia Anwar for delivering this month's webinar, giving us an insight into cyber security and helping raise awareness, as part of European Cyber Security Month. We hope you all enjoyed the webinar as much as we did. If you missed the webinar, you can view the recording by clicking on the YouTube video below. D...

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Equifax UK - How not to manage the communications of a cyber breach

13 OCTOBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

Raising awareness for European Cyber Security Month, Charlie looks at the Equifax data hack, as an example of how cyber security incidents should not be handled. One of the things I noticed during my research when developing BC Training’s Managing and Preparing for Cyber Incidents course, was the lack of guidance on how to respond to a cyber inci...

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Thought for the week

06 OCTOBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

Following Theresa May's speech at the Conservative party conference, Charlie shares his words of wisdom for the week. "I would rather have a general who was lucky than one who was good." – Napoleon Perhaps these are the thoughts of the Conservative party, following Theresa May’s disastrous speech at...

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Is this the end of Ryanair?

29 SEPTEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

This week Charlie discusses the ongoing incident with Ryanair and whether the damage to the airline's reputation will result in the failure of the company. Earlier this week, my wife Kim suggested that the recent Ryanair flight cancellations will lead to the breakdown of the company. There are precedents for major incidents leading to the failure of ...

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The Dark Side of Incident Recovery

27 SEPTEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY DANIELLE NEIL

This week Charlie looks at the dark side of major incidents, advising BC professionals to take steps to ensure individuals and organisations are not profiting from disasters, as they have done in the past. In recent disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey and Irma and the Grenfell Tower fire, we have seen the best of human spirit, with neighbours helping each...

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Harvey and Irma - What can we learn?

15 SEPTEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY JAN VAN HANEGEM

In the midst of hurricane season, Charlie advises business continuity professionals what they can learn from past hurricanes, in preparation for any future incidents. Oscar Wilde once said, “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” In the same way, to have one hurricane is bad, but to have one af...

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