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:


To Recall or Not to Recall

19 APRIL 2019 | POSTED BY ROGER BROOMFIELD

Following the recent Fisher-Price incident in the news, Charlie discusses product recall and the difficult decisions that organisations face. This week’s news has been dominated by the fire in Notre-Dame Cathedral. I have noticed the story has already shifted from the initial shock at seeing such an iconic building on fire, to questioning how if over...

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Business Continuity 2025 - What Will Future Incidents Look Like?

12 APRIL 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

In the first bulletin of his new 'Business Continuity 2025' series, Charlie discusses what incidents might look like in 2025. There wasn’t a particular incident which took my fancy to write about this week, so I thought I would write about what BC might look like in 2025. On a separate note, I must congratulate and send solidarity to the peop...

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Risky Business: Is Looking at Likelihood a Waste of Time?

05 APRIL 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

In this week's bulletin, Charlie discusses whether you should consider likelihood when conducting a risk assessment. I thought this week I would talk about risk assessment. I did consider writing something on Brexit, but I thought it would probably end up being out of date, before I had finished writing! For a while, business continuity has always had...

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Using Dark Websites for Crisis Communication - Three Case Studies

22 MARCH 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie discusses the use of dark websites for crisis communication. I thought this week I would discuss the use of dark websites for crisis communication. When you hear about a crisis on the news, I always suggest you take a look at the organisation's website and see how they are portraying the incident. A dark website is a website which is hidden fr...

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Ten Years of Teaching the CBCI Certification Course - What Has Changed?

15 MARCH 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie looks at how the CBCI Certification Course (GPG) has changed over the last ten years. Just before I start this week's bulletin, our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand after the attack on the two mosques today. This week I have been teaching the CBCI Certification Course (GPG) in Glasgow and I found myself thinking about how the course...

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An Old Threat Returns

08 MARCH 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie looks at the latest spate of parcel bombs and why now might be a good time to review your plans, procedures and awareness. This week I was down in London delivering the Managing and Preparing for Cyber Incidents course. I noticed in the news at lunchtime that parcel bombs had been sent to Heathrow Airport, Waterloo Station and London City Airport....

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Cyber Playbooks - Updated & Revisited

01 MARCH 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie discusses developing a new kind of playbook which could help you plan for different types of cyber-attack. This week I have had a bit of an epic journey. I started off in Shetland and ended the week in Abu Dhabi, having spent a couple of days in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I only visited one company in Saudi, but their business continuity was pretty impre...

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10 Brexit Contingency Actions You Can Do Now

22 FEBRUARY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie shares 10 actions you can carry out now in preparation of a no-deal Brexit. This week, I have been running workshops for an organisation who are looking at what planning they should carry out in preparation of a no-deal Brexit. So in today's bulletin, I thought I would share 10 actions you can carry out NOW to prepare for a no-deal Bre...

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It's Tough At The Top

08 FEBRUARY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie looks at how the behaviour of your senior management can have a major impact on your organisation. This week I am going to discuss yet another risk for you to worry about! This potential risk involves the behaviour of your senior management, and whether it could have a major impact on your organisation. There have been numerous cases in the media re...

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Cyber Incident Management - Looking Through the Wrong End of the Telescope

01 FEBRUARY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie discusses why it is important for senior managers to be involved in cyber incident management. This week, I thought we might give Brexit a break, I think we all need one! I have been wanting to write this bulletin for a while, and I have now finally got the time to do it. It also nicely ties in with my preparation and update of our &lsq...

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