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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 [...]

What a start to Business Continuity Awareness Week!  The theme for this year is Cyber Resilience', and the week has started with the investigations and continued fall-out from what has possibly been the world's largest cyber security event which occurred on Friday afternoon. A ransomware attack has spread throughout 150 countries, infecting more than 200,000 [...]

So far this week we have blogged about exercise-induced crises, IT outages, product recalls and data breaches; but, as BCAW 2016 draws to a close, the more observant amongst you will notice that we haven't touched on this year's theme - return on investment.  In our concluding blog for the week I therefore offer a [...]

There was an interesting discussion of risk displacement on Radio 4's Today programme this morning in the context of the forthcoming Euro 2016 Finals. Sir Bob Broadhurst, formerly of the Metropolitan Police, was discussing terrorist threats; and specifically how, as we improve security at the most obvious targets, the terrorists turn their attention to 'softer' [...]

Risk Management in the News

I was delighted to hear a lengthy discussion on this morning's Radio 4 "Today" programme about risk management in the context of capital requirements for British banks.  Sir John Vickers, who headed up the Independent Commission on Banking has queried whether proposals that the Bank of England has put forward are strong enough. Whilst I [...]

Residents of flood-hit areas of Cumbria and Scotland have started their clear-up, whilst Lancaster is still without power, and Lancaster University had brought forward the end of term.  Some 42,ooo homes are still without power, and many businesses are without power and/or have been flooded, including the McVities factory in Carlisle, last flooded in 2005. [...]

Lessons to be Learned from HBOS

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) have produced their report 'The failure of HBOS plc (HBOS)'.  Whilst the report is focussed on the financial risk management within HBOS, it is worth considering this document to consider whether there are any lessons in it for other areas of operational risk management, [...]

The Register has been reporting the outage at a major London data centre.  The Telecity outage has impacted a range of VoIP firms' services, Amazon and its Direct Connect service.  The Register reports that 'both primary and backup power supplies went down, potentially affecting thousands of customers', this despite Telecity claiming to provide 'Infrastructure you [...]

This Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the Manchester Air Disaster, when 53 people lost their lives as a result of a British Airtours jet catching fire during take-off.  Whilst this was a terrible tragedy in its own right, together with the Bradford Stadium fire a few months earlier, it also marks the start of [...]

Yesterday I commented that, at least from my own personal experience, the 7 July bombings had not led to increased interest in business continuity.  That is not to say that the attacks did not have a lasting impact on the business continuity industry; and in today's article I want to look at how the terrible [...]