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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 [...]

Two reports have now been completed into the cause of the failure of the slipway at Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge on 1st August 2019: The “Toddbrook Reservoir Independent Review Report” by Professor David Balmforth, commissioned by DEFRA; and “Report on the Nature and Root Cause of the Toddbrook Reservoir Auxiliary Spillway Failure on 1st [...]

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, [...]

In the week that the publication of “Lessons Learned Review of the WannaCry Ransomware Cyber Attack” concluded that the impact on the NHS of last May’s attack was preventable; there is some good news on the cyber security front…. The number of organisations achieving certification under the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus [...]

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 [...]

The announcement yesterday that Merlin Entertainments had been fined £5m for the crash at Alton Towers last year in which 16 people were injured came as little surprise. What has been startling though is Merlin’s dramatic fall from grace over the last 12 months. In the immediate aftermath of the incident, the operator was being [...]

BC Awareness: A recent BCI webinar

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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, [...]

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 [...]