In my world as a Risk Consultant I spend a lot of time reviewing and trying understand the risks that face UK organisations with a view to helping businesses of any size keep their business, assets and money safe.
As part of this I attend lots of seminars, conferences and events where the Police or Government bodies such as the ICO, the National Cyber Security Centre or the National Crime Agency share their wisdom and actual details of the impact of cyber-crime or data losses…….Exciting stuff but someone has to do it!!
I don’t believe that any one of us working in any type of organisation, regardless of whether you’re a small business, a charity, a school or even a sole trader today can operate without the products or services of a 3rd party provider. We may well have chosen to outsource our accountancy, HR, IT and compliance management requirements. Equally, our clients outsource to us e.g. audit requirements, Data Protection Officer and so on. Our Clients all have a dependency on us to deliver services. Here at Risk Evolves – we’re no different. We’re great examples of the fact that very few, if any, organisations can operate without the support of a 3rd party. A 3rd party could be providing IT, critical resource, logistics support, payroll services, catering, cleaning etc. And yet, how many of us step back and analyse exactly what we would do if one of those third parties wasn’t available one day. What happened if they were to suffer a flood to their premises so that they couldn’t operate, if they were to go out of business, cease to provide the service that we are reliant on, be acquired by another organisation – the list goes on. More info
It’s an old adage but it’s surprising how few organisations take Benjamin Franklin’s quote seriously enough to put his advice into practise. ‘By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail’ he said. Of course it is tough for organisations like smaller businesses and charities who don’t feel they have the time or money to spend on training. Unfortunately though, when it comes to dealing with a crisis of any sort, it is the preparation for that possibility which will save both in the long run. More info
For the 3rd successive year we have recertified to Cyber Essentials and IASME…. And in the same week we assisted two other companies achieve their Cyber Essentials Certifications. Just what is Cyber Essentials? More info
Today (12th May 2017) news broke of a massive NHS Cyber Attack that has had catastrophic impact on our NHS, leading to a major incident being declared.
Operations have been delayed or cancelled, patients have delayed being discharged from or admitted to hospital, prescriptions have not been issued, A&E has been disrupted … the impact of the NHS cyber attacks continue and sadly there is a real risk that lives may be jeopardised. More info
What Are The Consequences Of Not Complying To The GDPR?
The UK Government and Information Commissioners Office (ICO) have declared that no new legislation will be introduced to cover the growing threat of cybercrime as this is a business owner responsibility to address. More info