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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has today issued a notice of its intention to fine British Airways £183.39M for infringements of GDPR.  The proposed record-breaking fine relates to a well-publicised cyber incident in 2018, wherein user traffic to the British Airways website was diverted to a fraudulent site.  Personal data of approximately 500,000 customers were affected [...]

According to a recent report by Forrester Research, ransomware attacks on businesses are up 500% on last year!  The report also states that many firms have felt obliged to pay ransoms, as attackers have become more sophisticated in targeting backups; indeed it states that paying a ransom can ‘be a valid recovery option based on [...]

The last two weeks have seen two very important product recalls (back) in the news... We last blogged about the Whirlpool tumble dryer recall back in June 2016.  At that stage the recall had already been going on for more than 6 months, and the company was receiving much criticism for the length of time [...]

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2019 ends with the news today that Boeing has completed an upgrade to the 737 Max software, following the fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.  Obviously the most important issue in all of this is the 346 lives that were tragically lost in the two crashes; but the question we [...]

Our daily blog series for Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2019 continues with an update on information security.... 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 [...]

We're still only on the second day of Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2019 and we have another important news story... It was announced yesterday that Cow & Gate are recalling a batch of "Cheesy Broccoli Bake Stage 3 (10+ months) because it may contain small pieces of blue rubber, which makes this product unsafe [...]

I don't know how it happens, but you can usually rely on one or more big news stories during Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW); most spectacularly the Wannacry attack on the eve of BCAW 2017.  This year, two days into BCAW, we have the announcement of the WhatsApp surveillance attack.  Whilst, in some ways, the [...]

It is the first day of Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2019 and we would like to start the week by talking about supply chain disruptions. At the start of the month the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) published a review of their Supply Chain Resilience reports from 2010 through to 2018.  Despite the BCI's headline [...]

A recent academic study by Daniele Bianchi and Onur Kemal Tosun analysed the market reaction to 41 deliberate (ie criminal) security breaches that occurred in large US firms between 2004 and 2016.  The authors found that firms experiencing such a security breach experienced a loss in value of between 1 and 1.5% over a period [...]

As usual at this time of year, we like to take a look at the figures for product recalls in the UK over the last 12 months.  Last year we reported a quiet year, but this year there seem to be two very different stories in the food and electrical goods sectors, as shown in [...]