BCAW Day 5 – What Have we Learnt?

So it’s the final day of Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2021: what have we learnt this year?  Undoubtedly, BCAW 2021 has been dominated by high-profile ransomware events, with a combination of: Continued fallout from the DarkSide attack on Colonial Pipeline earlier in the month; Ongoing disruption to the Irish Health Service following an attack […]

The New (Ab)normal: Reshaping Business and Supply Chain Strategy Beyond Covid-19

Having read Yossi Sheffi’s wonderful “The Resilient Enterprise” some years ago, I had high hopes for this book.  Sadly it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The book is organised in six sections and, for me, the most useful content is contained in the second (“Living with Uncertainty”) and fourth (“Supply Chains for the […]

Managing Risk in Extreme Environments, by Duncan Martin – Not a Book Review

“Managing Risk in Extreme Environments: Front-Line Business Lessons for Corporates and Financial Institutions” has been on the bookshelves in our office since it was published in 2008 but, for some reason, I have only just got around to looking through it.  Given that The book is 12 years old, and I have not read it […]

BCI Supply Chain Resilience Report Dominated by Covid-19 Disruption

Unsurprisingly, the Business Continuity Institute’s latest annual supply chain resilience report is dominated by issues arising from Covid-19.  After years where supply chain disruption was dominated by IT and information security incidents; neither of these even feature in the top 5 causes of disruption in 2020, which were: Human illness Loss of talent/skills (#4 in […]

Covid-19 – What do we Know One Year On?

We first blogged about Covid-19 a year ago.  That blog post recalled the lack of reliable information upon which to make decisions during the ‘flu pandemic of 2009; and predicted that, once again, this pandemic would be characterised by deep uncertainty.  I never suspected when I wrote it that, one year on, we would still […]

How Effective is Home Working?

Sadly, there has been no shortage of stories of businesses struggling with Covid-19 in the last year.  However, I was intrigued by the story this week about Frontier Development experiencing delays in the release of their much-anticipated Elite Dangerous Odyssey.  One would have imagined that developing video games would be one of the industries that […]

Key Pandemic Lessons Identified in Exercise in 2018

There has been much media coverage today of “Exercise Iris”, an exercise delivered to Scottish Health Boards in March 2018 by the Scottish Government’s Health Protection Division.  The exercise scenario was based on an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Scotland, and media reporting has focused on why the exercise recommendations were not […]

Info Security – NHS Covid-19 App and Easyjet

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person to be somewhat surprised at the news that Baroness Dido Harding has been appointed to oversee the implementation of the new NHS Covid-19 app.  Rightly or wrongly, she will always be associated with the massive data breach at TalkTalk in October 2015 and has received significant criticism for […]

Has BCM protected shareholder value in the COVID-19 outbreak?

An article by Cambridge Risk Solutions, published this week in Continuity Central, looks at whether there is any evidence that firms that follow good practice in business continuity management (BCM) have fared better in the current Covid-19 pandemic.  Specifically it looks at the impact on the share prices of companies in the FTSE 100 from […]