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Media reports yesterday highlighted a "perfect storm" for UK producers of beer (and soft drinks); where high demand due to the good weather and the World Cup has coincided with a significant fall in production of CO2.  Whilst this is a problem across Europe, the loss of production is particularly acute in the UK where [...]

Last week was a very busy week for the ICO - and nothing to do with GDPR.... First came the announcement on 12th June that Yahoo! UK Services Ltd was being fined £250 000 for the massive data breach in 2014 (disclosed in 2016) affecting 500 million users globally.  Specifically, the ICO's investigation focused on [...]

Major Outage at hostinguk

Web hosting firm hostinguk suffered a major outage at their St Asaph data centre.  Despite having "diverse fibre paths" to the site, the connection to the site was lost just before 9pm last night.  For many customers, the shock of finding that their website was down was compounded by the fact that they couldn't contact [...]

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2018, with the theme "working together to improve organizational resilience", ends today.  As usual there has been a busy programme of reports published, webinars hosted and live events around the globe; but what always interests us is the real business continuity stories going on around all this.  For some reason, [...]

Based on information from four of the five recognised accreditation bodies (CREST, IASME, APMG and QG Management Systems), there has been another big increase in the number of organisations achieving certification under the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus schemes.  As of last week 7794 organisations had achieved certification through these four accreditation [...]

It often feels like the news is filled with stories of more and more devastating natural disasters around the world.  Even here in the UK, the perception is of an increasing incidence of extreme weather events; but, interestingly, data would suggest that this is not the case. I recently came across the excellent EM-DAT Emergency Events [...]

TSB customers are experiencing a fourth day of disruption, following the migration of TSB customer data from Lloyds' IT systems over the weekend.  The main impact on customers has been the inability to use internet and mobile banking but, more worryingly, there have been numerous reports of spurious transactions and, for a period on Sunday, [...]

It has been reported this week that thousands of Calor Gas customers have experienced delays in receiving their gas supplies; in extreme cases this has led to customers running out of gas for heating, cooking and hot water (although the number of these is not known).  Calor first announced the problem four weeks ago, blaming [...]

Our blog could sometimes be accused of being a little UK-centric so, in an attempt to redress any imbalance, we thought we would take a little look at some data from the US! For some years now, Stericycle have produced detailed quarterly reports on product recalls in the US.  Aggregating data from these reports over [...]

There have been widespread reports of the huge fire that broke out at Ray Mill in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester on Saturday night.  At its height, five stories of the mill were on fire and over 50 firefighters were battling to contain the blaze.  Miraculously there are no reports of any injuries. Thanks to the efforts [...]