As the mercury dips from autumn to winter, businesses must brace for the seasonal occurrence of extreme weather, including storms, heavy rain, and flooding. All of these seasonal challenges pose risks to business continuity and failing to prepare for these challenges can lead to significant disruption.The infamous 'Beast from the East' and ‘Storm Arwen’ are stark reminders of the havoc that winter weather can cause, leaving buildings without power and operations halted for days on end.Being Prepared for WinterResearch shows that only about 27% of small businesses in the UK have a business continuity plan (BCP) in place (Source),  It's...

The East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre are delighted  to welcome Chris Lambert, Technical Director at Datasense – a Northamptonshire-based company who specialise in cyber security, Managed IT, Telecoms and GDPR – to their Advisory Group.Datasense give businesses the confidence that their IT systems are secure, managed and compliant. They believe that a business’s data is more than just part of the business but it is in fact its very heart, therefore taking care of it is all about being constantly aware of cyber security and technological developments, staying compliant and being vigilant to new threats. It is about the experience...

An update from the East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre:Action Fraud has received 31 crime reports since June 2023 relating to remote access scams targeting businesses. Victims have reported losses totalling over £3.8M. Based on analysis of crime reports by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, we know that scammers will generally use the following tactic to target businesses: Contact the victim claiming to be a representative from their bank or from a financial services vendor used by the victim’s business. Convince the victim to install a piece of software that enables remote access to their computer, claiming that it’s required to install...

As the month of September approaches, residents in West Northants are invited to take part in the ninth annual "September is Preparedness Month" campaign, proudly brought to you by the #30days30waysUK initiative.The campaign will run from 1 September to 30 September across the UK, offering a diverse range of daily activities designed to boost preparedness and resilience. Participants can engage in these activities by accessing the provided resources and taking part in the accompanying quizzes. Each day unveils a new theme encouraging residents to learn about and prepare for a variety of emergency scenarios, from floods and power cuts to...

The East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre recently issued a warning about a series of ransomware threats to companies primarily in the Northamptonshire area of the East Midlands, and they have confirmed that another company has fallen victim. Northants and regional cyber police are investigating the ransomware attacks that have targeted local businesses. Due to commercial sensitivities the names of the businesses cannot be mentioned, however, it is important to be extra vigilant at this time whilst this latest spate and source are investigated. Every strain of the ransomware has so far been different, although there is a common theme between the...

Crises, disasters, and disruptions are unpredictable yet unavoidable. Whether it's a global pandemic, a fire, a flood, or a cyber-attack; the effects can be devastating for businesses that are unprepared. To ensure survival and prompt recovery, every business should consider having a well-designed business continuity plan. A business continuity plan is designed to help you document vital actions that you or your staff must take after a disruptive event, large or small.This article details the key components a good business continuity plan should contain to help in building a resilient business. Aim and Objectives of the PlanThe primary aim of a...

The East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre have been alerted to a series of ransomware threats to companies primarily in the Northamptonshire area of the East Midlands, with the latest targeting a business in the manufacturing and logistics sector.During this latest spate of ransomware attacks in Northamptonshire, every strain has been different, although there is a common theme between the setup of these organisations and how threat actors are leveraging this to perform their attacks.Threat actors employ various methods to deliver ransomware, such as malicious attachments or links in emails; pirated software websites, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks, free file hosting sites, and...

As was evident from summer 2022, our weather is changing, and heatwaves are becoming both more frequent and with greater extremes in temperature. Some people are more susceptible to the effects of hot weather than others and tragically the Office of National Statistics estimate there were around 3,000 excess deaths because of high temperatures last year. For businesses, extreme heat can have serious impacts such as equipment failure, lost stock, safety issues for staff and overall lower productivity.From a meteorological perspective, 1st June marks the start of summer and beginning of the Met Office and UKHSA heat-health alert service. This...

In today's increasingly interconnected and complex world, organisations are facing more and more threats, from natural disasters, cyber-attacks, to the pandemic and other disruptions. These can have a devastating impact on organisations of all sizes. That's why it's so important for businesses to be aware of Business Continuity and to know what they can do to help protect themselves.What is Business Continuity?Business Continuity is the ability of an organisation to continue to operate in the event of a disruption.A Business Continuity plan (BCP) is a document that outlines how an organisation will continue to operate in the event of a...

Monday 15th  May 2023 is the start of Business Continuity Awareness week with the focus on “Embracing the challenge of resilience”, this is being led by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).There are five areas of resilience, being focused on:Cyber resilience Supply chain resilience Operational resilience Personal resilience Organisational resilienceCyber ResilienceSafeguarding your digital infrastructure against cyber threats is paramount. Robust cyber security tools such as multi factor authentication, staff training to spot phishing attempts, and contingency planning are all part of a strong cyber resilience strategy.Supply Chain ResilienceYour Supply chain needs to be agile enough to swiftly adapt to disruptions....