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Hot on the heels of the massive ransomware attack on 12 May 2017, reports are emerging of ransomware attack on Disney.  Unlike the Wannacry attack, which has impacted over 200,000 computers in 150 countries, the Disney attack has been deliberately targeted, with hackers threatening to release segments of the new Pirates of the Caribbean film [...]

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 [...]

Some 40,000 Tesco bank accounts have been frozen following online fraud attacks, with money taken from some 20,000 customers.  Social Media comments have been made since Saturday when the fraudulent activity was first spotted. A statement has been released by the Chief Executive, Benny Higgins, explaining why action has been taken to temporarily stop online [...]

April started in dramatic style with 3 major fires in Southern England in less than 24 hours.  The new month was less than 9 hours old when fire broke out at the Carluccio's Restaurant in Bicester Village, leading to an evacuation of the whole site; a few hours later,a major incident was declared in Central [...]

It is unfortunate that a very important discussion about NHS Trusts declaring a major incident has become a political football.  Not only is this an important issue for the NHS but, more generally, defining a process for invoking contingency plans is a crucial, but often neglected, part of any business continuity management system. By and [...]

Weekends and Holidays

Happy New Year to all our readers! The Christmas break has served as a salutary reminder as to the need to consider out-of-hours issues in business continuity planning.  There has been a couple of incidents over the Christmas holiday period which will have direct impacts on businesses, such as the deliberate grounding of the Hoegh [...]

Will the earth move for you?

Following more earthquakes in the region of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, it is looking more and more likely that there will be an eruption, although scientists are still undecided as to what form this will take, and whether it is likely to produce the same ash clouds that were caused by the Eyjafjallajokull eruption in 2010.  [...]

I thought it was time for another fun example of incident management and our adventure on the Nene Valley Railway (NVR) yesterday fits the bill perfectly.  Setting off from Wansford we happily chugged West but, turning around at Yarwell Junction, the steam engine suffered a mechanical fault.  This would not normally be a major problem [...]