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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You Are On Your Own Mate...

12 OCTOBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie discusses the the recent earthquake and tsunami in the Indonesian city of Palu and the importance of taking responsibility for protecting yourself as much as possible during incidents. I said last week I would write something on the Palu earthquake and tsunami. As the title suggests, I thought I would talk about taking personal responsibility for lo...

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Does an Authoritarian Nation State Dictate Your Crisis Communications?

05 OCTOBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie talks about incident management communications within authoritarian regimes. I will leave a bulletin on the terrible events associated with the Palau earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia until next week. This week we were asked to bid for some incident management training in a country which has an authoritarian regime. The work would inclu...

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Don't Pay By The Inch

28 SEPTEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie discusses the importance of quality over quantity when it comes to business continuity documents. This week I have been reviewing the level of emergency response, business continuity and crisis management of a utility in the Caribbean. As part of the review, I was asked to look at their security documents and procedures. I came across an inch-thick...

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Crisis Communications During Cyber Incidents – What you need to do now!

14 SEPTEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie looks at crisis communications and the steps you can take now to prepare your organisation for a potential cyber incident in the future. This week I am all cyber-ed up; on Monday and Tuesday I taught a great bunch of people attending our ‘Managing and Preparing for Cyber Incidents’ course, and on Wednesday morning I delivered a Cyber Bri...

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Talk is Cheap

07 SEPTEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Following news of a data breach at British Airways, Charlie looks at incidents seen as the fault of the organisation involved, and the actions organisations can take to show that they are taking such incidents seriously. One of the news items today is about a hack and data breach at British Airways. The organisation will no doubt apologise and say that it...

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Writing Incident Management Objectives

31 AUGUST 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week, Charlie shares some advice on how to write incident management objectives. For this week’s bulletin, instead of commenting on an item in the news, I thought I would share some technical information on how to write incident objectives. During an incident, it is seemingly obvious that your objective is to solve the problem and return the orga...

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Deal or No Deal

24 AUGUST 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie looks at Brexit and the role of the business continuity manager. At lunchtime yesterday, I asked everyone in the office whether there was a specific subject I should be writing this bulletin on. There weren’t any sensible suggestions this week! Whilst packing up to go home, I put the radio on and it became clear what I should talk ab...

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BC on a Budget: 4 Things Entrepreneurs & SMEs Can Do To Improve Resilience

17 AUGUST 2018 | POSTED BY ROGER BROOMFIELD

This week, Charlie's away on a hard earned holiday. In his stead, Roger Broomfield, our new Sales and Marketing Manager, reflects on his experience of working alongside SMEs in Scotland. In the realm of the entrepreneur, the only equipment you need to conquer the world is a kitchen table, a laptop and a coffee. Over the last year, I’ve been incre...

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Free Resources - We Like Free Stuff!

10 AUGUST 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie shares some useful sources of Business Continuity information. I thought today I would point you in the direction of three different sets of business continuity resources which I find very useful, and even better that they are free. 1. Youtube. If you want a video of most things and events you can find it on YouTube. So, if you are do...

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Extreme Business Continuity - Lessons from Hurricane Maria

03 AUGUST 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Reflecting on his time in Puerto Rico, Charlie shares what he learned from the experiences of those impacted by the events of Hurricane Maria. This week I have been delivering training and exercises in Puerto Rico, whilst learning from the experiences of those who were involved in Hurricane Maria. For this bulletin, I thought I would share some of the human...

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