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:


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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Preparing for Brexit

25 JANUARY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

In preparation of Brexit, Charlie looks at how we can start to identify areas of exposure within our organisation. I imagine a lot of us haven't yet prepared for Brexit, and our organisations have continued on quite happily doing what they do. The problem is what to prepare for, as there seems to be a different flavour of Brexit every day. Are we headin...

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Brexit - What Next?

18 JANUARY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie shares his thoughts on Brexit and how to predict and prepare for the future. This week has been a momentous week in the Brexit saga, the massive defeat of the government’s Brexit plan and the no confidence vote, leaves us in a position where there is absolutely no consensus on how to task Brexit, or move forward. No one knows what wi...

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Drones & Airports

11 JANUARY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie shares his thoughts on the recent drone incidents at Heathrow and Gatwick airport. Following the incident at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday, with one of the runways having to close, and with the recent shut down at Gatwick Airport I thought I would write this week’s bulletin on drones. When the shutdown of Gatwick occurred on the 19 - 2...

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5 Business Continuity Predictions for 2019

04 JANUARY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie shares his business continuity predictions for 2019. Happy new year to all readers. I hope you have had a good Christmas and New Year. For the first bulletin of the year, I am going to be bold and make five business continuity predictions for 2019. We can then revisit them at the end of the year and see if they come true! Volatility globa...

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Charlie's Top Ten BCCM Books for Christmas

14 DECEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie counts down his top 10 Business Continuity and Crisis Management books, as recommended by you. Thanks to all those who replied to my bulletin request, LinkedIn post and tweets. Here is my list of book recommendations, which you may want to give to those who don’t know what to buy you for Christmas! 1. Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Bran...

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What lessons can we learn from Marriott’s response to their Cyber Breach?

07 DECEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week, Charlie discusses the Marriott hotel hack and how you can prepare your organisation for a potential data breach. You couldn’t have missed the Marriott hotel’s cyber breach and the possible loss of up to 500 million customer records in the news last week. There are a number of lessons we can learn from their response and we can use thi...

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LA LA LA I am not listening...

23 NOVEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie argues that during some crises it is best not to listen to the angry voices attacking you, but to keep quiet and weather the storm, which will quickly dissipate. This week I have been in the Caribbean where the main TV stations are American, so I have been watching a lot of CNN. Not particularly because I like CNN, but because I am fascinated by the...

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Avoiding Groupthink: Decision Making During A Crisis

16 NOVEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week, Charlie looks at decision making during incidents and offers some tools and techniques that he has picked up through his research. For a while now, I have been thinking about and looking at ways of making decisions during incidents and have been looking at simple tools and techniques that I can teach to incident management teams. There is an art ...

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