Right Wing Terrorism

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY MILENA KULA

The sentencing of Anders Breivik last week to 21 years in prison and the court finding him sane, reminds us that not all terrorists are linked to al-Qaeda and that right wing terrorism can be just as deadly. Breivik killed 77 people when he bombed central Oslo and then opened fire at an island youth camp. I was reading an Economist article on domestic terror...

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Legionella

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY MILENA KULA

Today I heard that a second victim had died of Legionella in Edinburgh. So far the total number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease has reached 41, and the number of suspected cases currently stands at 48. Sixteen water-cooling towers in the southwest of Edinburgh have been treated with a range of chemicals to kill any bacteria but the source ...

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Terrorist Attacks

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY MILENA KULA

I noticed this week that the last fugitive of a cult who planned and carried out the Sarin gas attack in 1995 on the Tokyo underground has been captured. Katsuya Takahashi, a member of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, had been on the run since the attack which killed 13 people and injured 6,000. When we look at the news, we normally associate bombs with Isla...

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There's A Riot Going On...

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

Last week there were riots in many Islamic counties targeting American institutions and organisations seen to be American. This week there has been anti Japanese’s riots in China. Although the cause has been different I think there are a number of similarities and lessons which could be learned which we as business continuity people should take into account ...

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It Ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

The 80s Fun Boy Three (with Bananarama) song could equally could have gone “it aint what you say it’s the way that you say it” and this in many cases is true, extreme views given in a calm, measured and a well structured way, seem almost sensible. In the same way senior managers during disasters have tried to calmly explain how the disaster was anything but ...

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It's all about the planning...

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

Many of you, like myself, will have watched the Queens Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and seen the Royal barge and the 1000 accompanying ships pass down the Thames. Despite the terrible weather, and the fact the pageant over ran, the event finished without any unforeseen events. According to the reports, the entire event took 3 years to plan, right down to th...

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Indian Power Failures

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

Most of you could not of fail to notice the two big power cuts in India this week, the second of which affected over 600 million people. I think for the most of us to picture such a situation is very difficult.  For many in India, especially the rural parts, they are used to being without power, this was confirmed by the picture I saw of a row of shops, each...

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PD 25111 - People in the plan

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

In my previous bulletin I promised that I would talk about some thoughts on the human aspects of business continuity and write a synopsis of PD 25111 which was published about a year ago. This document deals with the human elements in business continuity.As far as I can see the document is ok, but I do feel it could have been laid out a little better.It deal...

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What can we trust?

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

I have always made the assumption that the mobile phone network was fairly robust and that we could rely on it to communicate during an incident. I generally put a caveat on use of mobile phones in the immediate aftermath of the incident because the system can very quickly become overloaded and then you cannot connect to the network. This happened in London ...

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People in the recovery process

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

I was wandering around the BBC news website yesterday and came across the following headline “At least eight people have been killed in a car bombing in central Iraq, security officials and medics say”. Normally I would have thought nothing more of it as it seems to happen all the time in Iraq, and moved on to the next story. This time I paused to think, tri...

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You'll Never Walk Alone

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

I remember seeing the Hillsborough disaster on the television as it happened, but for me it was not one of those iconic moments when you remember exactly where you were when it happened. My two iconic moments when I remember exactly where I was are 9/11 and when Lady Di died! For those of you not familiar with the disaster, The Hillsborough disaster was a hu...

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Are You Qualified?

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

I have been tutoring the BCI 5 day training course all this week. Janet, Fiona, Adele, Mark and Ian good luck with your exam this morning. The students on the course gave me 9 out of 10 in the feedback from so they much have enjoyed the training! One of the things we talked about on the course was the benefits of business continuity certification. They were ...

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G4S Appearances Count

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

I am not sure whether this news has reached international level, but in the United Kingdom the security company G4S has hit the headlines for their failure to deliver the 13,000 security guards it was contracted to provide at a cost of £280m during the Olympic Games.  Contingency plans have been invoked and 3,500 troops have been deployed at two weeks’ notic...

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RBS - Learning from incidents

24 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY PLANB CONSULTING

Most of you couldn’t miss the RBS, Nat West and Ulster Bank ‘computer glitch’ over last weekend which led to many of their customers being unable to access their accounts and take money out. The papers were full of stories of people unable to buy houses and parents who couldn’t get money to feed their children. Also, there was the story of Olivia Downie from...

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TNT Exercise Piccadilly 2 - Case Study

18 SEPTEMBER 2012 | POSTED BY JAN VAN HANEGEM

PlanB Consulting recently carried out one of their largest ever on-site exercises since their establishment in 2007. This exercise was carried out on behalf of TNT’s parcel division, TNT Express. After 3 long and hard months planning ‘Exercise Piccadilly 2’ it was finally completed last week, on the 20th of July. In total, there were 15 ...

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