Practical, Cost Effective and award-winning

Business Continuity, Crisis Management & Information Security Solutions

Phone:

0800 035 1231 (Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm)

36B Market Street, New Mills

Derbyshire, SK22 4AA, United Kingdom

A quick summary of the cyber news today, and it is clear that the same key lessons are emerging as have already been noted this week.  Indian restaurant guide, Zomato, is reporting the theft of data of some 17 million users.  From the phrasing in their blog, it appears that they have just found the breach, [...]

There is widespread coverage of a large fire that has broken out at a research building attached to The Christie.  The fire started at around 10.35, being brought under control shortly before 1500hrs, although still not extinguished. The nature of this incident would test even the most developed and well-rehearsed business continuity plan, from both [...]

The announcement yesterday that Merlin Entertainments had been fined £5m for the crash at Alton Towers last year in which 16 people were injured came as little surprise. What has been startling though is Merlin's dramatic fall from grace over the last 12 months. In the immediate aftermath of the incident, the operator was being [...]

There was an interesting postscript today to the story of the data breach at TalkTalk last October.  You will recall that the at first it was feared that personal details of all 4 million of the company's customers could have been compromised, although the breach ultimately turned out to be much less serious.  The company [...]

Today marks the start of Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2016, the annual event aimed at raising awareness of the importance of business continuity globally.  As in previous years, we shall be blogging regularly throughout the week. Unusually for me, I start of this blog with a quote from ISO 22313: "Exercises should be realistic, [...]

Thousands of homes in Derbyshire and Leicestershire were without water for much of the weekend after Severn Trent found unusually high levels of chlorine in its Castle Donnington reservoir.  A "Do not use" announcement was made on Friday, meaning customers should not use water for washing or even flushing the toilet - not just drinking. [...]

We have frequently commented on the high costs to businesses, most commonly banks, of IT glitches; but what is the impact when your business is entirely web-based? Yesterday's disruption to Twitter, which left some users locked out and others receiving only an intermittent service, provides a fascinating case study.  It also provided some much-needed humour [...]

Significant disruption continues at Glasgow City Council, after a faulty air conditioning unit in the council's data centre set off its fire suppressant system on Tuesday morning, causing damage to multiple servers.  Initially phone services were affected too, but according to a statement on the council's website yesterday "The council switchboard is now operational again"; however "Emails [...]

Luckily there don't appear to have been any major disasters in the UK over the last 24 hours so, for today's BCAW 2015 blog post, we focus on the ongoing saga of Yodel's Mother's Day deliveries. A number of well known brands such as Marks and Spencer, Interflora and Waitrose used Yodel to deliver Mother's [...]

We have previously discussed the real and present threat that fires present to businesses, and have highlighted some of the steps that businesses should take to protect themselves, but this lesson has been reinforced by the recent fire at the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council offices. Having destroyed over 80% of [...]