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Business continuity

Find out how your business can plan and prepare for potentially harmful incidents, including loss of IT systems, facilities and utilities.
 
Nearly one in five businesses suffer a major disruption every year. Any incident, large or small, whether natural, accidental or deliberate, can have a significant impact on your organisation.

Be prepared

Business continuity management (BCM) starts with identifying those parts of your business that you cannot afford to lose, such as information, stock, premises and staff. Once you’ve identified these parts, you can then plan how to maintain them if an incident occurs.
 
If you plan now, rather than waiting for something to happen, you’ll be able to get back to business in the quickest possible time.
 
BCM can also give your business a competitive advantage. Many companies will not use suppliers unless they have effective BCM arrangements in place.

BCM is for everyone

Whether you’re a market trader, voluntary organisation or a global organisation, you need to be able to continue with your essential activities, whatever happens.
 
You also need to make sure that your key suppliers and partners have effective BCM arrangements in place.

Further information

Simple BCM information is available in the business continuity leaflet developed by central government and Dorset Council.
 
To help you develop and implement BCM plans, the government has also produced a more detailed business continuity management toolkit for small and medium-sized businesses.
  
For further advice, please email emergencyplanning@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

Cyber attacks

Following Russia’s further violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the National Cyber Security Centre has called on organisations in the UK to bolster their online defences. 

The NCSC, a part of GCHQ, has urged organisations to follow its guidance on steps to take when the cyber threat is heightened.

While the NCSC is not aware of any current specific threats to UK organisations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, there has been an historical pattern of cyber attacks on Ukraine with international consequences.

The guidance encourages organisations to follow actionable steps that reduce the risk of falling victim to an attack.

We would also encourage you to follow the NCSC’s social media channels for further alerts and updates:

Information on cyber security

Below are some useful starting points to help protect your business.

CNI, large orgs and public sector

Actions to take when organisations might face a greater threat, and the steps to take to improve security.

SMEs

How to improve your cyber security; affordable, practical advice for small businesses.

Microbusinesses and sole traders

Stay protected online with a Cyber Action Plan.

Citizens

Cyber Aware is the government’s advice on how to stay secure online.