Business Continuity Blog


Welcome to PlanB Consulting'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:


SEPA Cyber Attack - a commentary

19 JANUARY 2021 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Update 19th January 2021 I noticed in a ZDNet article that they are alleging that SEPA's data has been leaked by the cybercriminal group behind Conti ransomware. They say that data stolen from the Scottish government agency has been published online. I note to date SEPA has not commented on this article. The article can be read here Update 14th Janu...

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Is the response to COVID-19 a business continuity issue?

14 DECEMBER 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Is it time for Business Continuity Managers to step away from the COVID-19 response? I share by thoughts on how organisations should move forward in dealing with the virus. I have been thinking about the response to COVID-19 for a while, especially as we have been conducting a number of debriefs on the incident for different organisations. The initial and o...

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The future of business continuity, post COVID-19

14 DECEMBER 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This is my last bulletin of the year so I thought I would share some ideas with you about a subject I have been thinking about a lot. In line with last week’s bulletin, ‘Is the response to COVID-19 a business continuity issue’ I have stopped thinking about our response to the existing pandemic and have moved my thoughts to the impact of COV...

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Ransomware attack: Who ya gonna call, Mike?

14 DECEMBER 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I share some key learning points on ransomware negotiation. This week I am going to share with you what I learned from speaking to Mike Fowler, VP of Intelligence Services at GroupSense, a specialist cyber response company. One of the services they offer is ransomware negotiation and I thought in this bulletin I would share what a ransomware negot...

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The difference between a generic response and contingency plans

24 NOVEMBER 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I look at the differences between a generic response and contingency plans. This week has been very busy for me, and amongst other tasks, I have been conducting a debrief for a multinational company on their response to date on COVID-19. I have also been helping another organisation rewrite their plans, so I am very focused on plan content at the ...

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Cyber Ransoms - Should I Pay?

30 OCTOBER 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I discuss the possible benefits of paying a cyber ransom and whether this is illegal. Legality I thought this week I would do a bit of research on a subject that has intrigued me for a while, which is the legality of paying cyber ransoms. In news articles about firms who have been a victim of ransomware, there is often speculation that they have ...

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What is doxing, and should I be worried about it?

15 OCTOBER 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I look at doxing, the different ways it can affect your organisation and how you should prepare. Should I be worried about it? The short answer is yes. The long answer is also yes, but after seeing the word in a cyber article I was reading this week, I thought I would do a little more research into what it is and share this with you in today&rsqu...

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Marks out of 100 for the NZ Stock Exchange Cyber Incident Response

25 SEPTEMBER 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week I look at at the recent cyber incident involving New Zealand's Stock Exchange and marks their response out of 100. I thought this week I would write about an incident which I have been following for the last month, the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the New Zealand stock exchange, which took place at the end of August 2020. The...

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My Thoughts On Online Exercises

14 SEPTEMBER 2020 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

In today's bulletin, I share some thoughts on conducting exercises online. This week I conducted an online exercise and it got me thinking about what the benefits and downsides are of running exercises online: It is very easy to conduct one as most incident management teams are virtual at the moment and responding to COVID-19, so carrying out an exerci...

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