Cyber security guidance

On 5 September 2012, the government published advice to business on measures that they can take to raise the levels of cyber security within their organisations and their supply chains. Although advice on how businesses can better secure their networks and data already exists, for the first time this brings together in one place government advice for the private sector. The new guidance publications are available from the cyber security downloads page.
The new guidance provides advice from security and intelligence experts across government about how to defeat most cyber attacks. A company’s data, its intellectual property, needs to be protected. With basic cyber security systems in place, at least 80 per cent of cyber attacks will bounce off. The guidance is aimed at company boards and their Chairs and Chief Executive Officers to embed the idea that this is a strategic risk that needs to be managed at board level.
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Olympics Parade Monday 10 September

Update re Olympics parade Monday 10 September.
On Monday 10 September 2012, the Mayor of London and the British Olympic Association have organised a parade to honour the British athletes that took part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Route: The ‘Our Greatest Team Parade will start at 1.30pm at Mansion House, City of London. It will pass along Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street towards St Paul’s Cathedral and then progress via Ludgate Hill, Fleet Street and the Strand to Trafalgar Square. Once past Trafalgar Square the Parade will enter Admiralty Arch and The Mall for the final leg.
The final leg will be a ticketed area for groups who have made an invaluable contribution to the Games and the success of the athletes. These include volunteers, members of the blue light services, military personnel, Team GB and Paralympics GB coaches and support staff, friends and family of the athletes, as well as groups of schoolchildren from London boroughs. The parade will conclude at the Queen Victoria Memorial, SW1 in front of Buckingham Palace at 16.00 hours.
The parade is expected to take up to 13 minutes to pass any given point.
The parade will consist of up to 21 floats, arranged by sport, each carrying around 40 athletes. Medal winners will be included across the whole parade.
Further information on the route, timings and road closures can be found on the following links:
Information correct as of 04.09.12 14.00 hrs
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Identifying Olympic lessons – a unique opportunity

The Games the largest sporting event ever to be staged in the United Kingdom presents a unique ‘live’ case study to identify lessons for future business continuity, security and risk management.

Three days into the Olympics the strategic Olympics Safety and Security picture looks to be working well.

Strategic Continuity will be tracking incidents against the Olympics Safety and Security Strategic Risk Assessment (OSSSRA) and how they in turn  impact business at the property level – to identify any organisational learning and future planning.

Link to the OSSSRA:

The OSSSRA considers threats and hazards to safety and security during the Games emanating from five distinct areas:

  • Terrorism
  • Serious and organised crime
  • Domestic extremism
  • Public disorder
  • Major accidents and natural events

In assessing the impacts of any potential risk, the OSSSRA measures not only the harm that may be caused to individuals, for example through injury, death or damage to personal property, but also the disruption to critical services that support the ability to ensure a safe and secure Games, such as transport systems or the emergency services, and the reputational damage to the UK should a particular risk occur.

Lessons identified will be drawn together to support business continuity and security professionals in future planning.

Should organisations or individuals have any good practice or learning they wish to share please get in contact.

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Upcoming key dates

Key dates – transition to the Games  

  • Large number of athletes, officials and the world’s media started to arrive in the capital over the weekend 14/15 July.
  • Expect to see an increase in related vehicles on the roads in central London, around the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and Games venues.
  • The Olympic Torch Relay will also start its week long journey through all of London’s 33 boroughs on July 21. Expect large crowds.
  • TfL anticipate up to 1 million additional visitors to London every day and are increasing their public messaging campaign (      ‘don’t get caught out’, ‘plan ahead’.
  • Olympic Route Network (ORN) Games lanes are scheduled to become operational on July 25 6am to midnight. Though the M4 Games lane opened on Monday 16 July, as a contingency the A30 and A4 from Heathrow airport has been marked out as an alternative Olympic route should the M4 experience further problems.
  • Security – significant media coverage of G4S as a result of their failure to deliver on its £284m Olympic venue resourcing contract. The Home Office have drafted in 3,500      soldiers to close the shortfall of security officers. Further problems with G4S covering other venues are being reported in the media.
  • 13 July Flying restrictions over the capital came into force at midnight on 13 July. No unauthorised aircraft can now enter London’s airspace without being challenged. Eight Rapier missile and Starstreak missile batteries have been deployed at key sites supporting Tornados at RAF Northolt and helicopters from HMS Ocean, based in the Thames.
  • July 26 The Olympic Torch Relay passes through central London, followed by a concert in Hyde Park. Expect congestion on central London roads.
  • July 27 The Olympic Torch will travel up the River Thames and then onto the Olympic Park for the Opening  Ceremony. Roads and public transport in central London and around the Olympic Park will be extremely busy. Westfield Stratford City station will      close at 3pm.
  • July 28/29 cycling road races will lead to road closures in central and southwest London and Surrey. Expect large crowds.
  • July 30 The first working day of the Olympic Games – TfL recommend avoiding transport hotspots if possible, particularly London Bridge. There will be no access to trains on platforms 1-6 from London Bridge between 6pm and 10pm.
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Transport news

Source Evening Standard

The Olympics arrived in London today as thousands of athletes and officials touched down and the first dedicated VIP lanes came into force.

Teams from 30 nations, including US, Australia, Italy, Russia and China, flew in and headed for the athletes’ village in Stratford which opened this morning.

There were a few early hitches. Baggage handlers at Heathrow lost three sets of sails belonging to the Australian team and a special Games lane on the M4 caused confusion among motorists.

Two teams got lost on the way from Heathrow to Stratford. A bus carrying Australian team officials took three hours to get to the village, taking in diversions via Buckingham Palace and West Ham.

The delay was caused because their driver, working as a volunteer for Games organisers Locog on his first trip across town, could not operate the satellite navigation system.

A second vehicle carrying United States athletes took four hours to get from the airport to the athletes’ village in Stratford.

Boris Johnson said: “They had the scenic view of London, they had the chance to see more of our beautiful scenery than they bargained for.”

A media shuttle bus also had difficulty finding its destination. The double decker, travelling from Russell Square to the Olympic Park, pulled over 30 minutes into its journey.

This follows a bus driver getting lost on one of the two roads in the Olympic Park last week. Locog were not available for comment.

The Australian Olympic sailing team lost their equipment and were forced to wait for more than an hour at Heathrow. Baggage handlers misplaced the three cloth sails — and then a bus failed to collect dozens of Australian competitors after they arrived on a red-eye flight from Perth.

Nick Cole, head of Olympics for owners BAA, warned the airport faced “major challenges” in getting athletes and other officials through security.

He said Heathrow would process around 237,000 passengers today — almost 50,000 more than normal. They included the first 335 athletes and more than 1,000 members of the “Games Family” —Olympics officials, sponsors and other international dignitaries.

Mr Cole said: “We have spent seven years preparing for the Games’ challenge. Now we are putting that plan into action with thousands of extra staff and volunteers on hand to welcome the world to London.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games are a marathon, not a sprint, for Heathrow. The airport has some major challenges ahead.”

A London 2012 spokesperson said, “It is day one of team arrivals. We have successfully completed a large number of bus journeys so far today, from the airport, to the village and the training venues.

“Whilst there may have been one or two journeys taking longer than planned, the vast majority were completed successfully.”

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Olympics risk briefings

SC Risks will be providing regular Olympic risk and business continuity updates from now through to the end of the Games, to ensure that your staff and buildings have a safe and secure Games.Image

[Picture accredited the Guardian]

As of today there are 18 days remaining until the opening ceremony on 27 July 2012.

For most organisations their Olympic Business Continuity Plans are at a mature stage, gaps have been assessed, contingencies have been developed, plans exercised and tested.

The next stage is to turn plans into operational delivery and begin to develop information feeds to drive the planning cycle and responses should an incident occur. These feeds should inform your ‘situational awareness’ and cover areas such as transport, security including threat levels, weather, and current events occurring in the capital.

This blog will seek to draw these feeds together and supply a one comprehensive picture and supply links to relevant websites.

As a final reminder consider which aspects of your organisation’s activities are critical and assess how the Games may disrupt them e.g.:

  • Security (including, resourcing, CCTV, control of entry, RVP points, etc)
  • Cleaning/waste
  • Communications (e.g. ICT and telephones)
  • Mechanical and engineering
  • Reception
  • Key suppliers
  • What contingencies are in place to cover your position/role?
  • People – key contacts – update) email, phone incl out of office numbers
  • Know your neighbours – introduce your building and consider briefing and sharing the non commercially sensitive aspects of your continuity plans.

Discuss with each of your service providers their business contingency arrangements and how they can be contacted 24 hours.

Ensure you have a copy of your business continuity plan and key contacts stored as a pdf away from the office.

Please continue to follow this blog and twitter for more information.

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Eight Universities to help fight cyber crime

Eight UK universities are to work in partnership with the government’s GCHQ spy base in Gloucestershire to improve computer security across the country.

The Academic Centres for Excellence in Cyber Security will be based in Bristol, Belfast, Lancaster, Southampton, Oxford and London.

Their research will help government, businesses and consumers become more resilient to cyber attack and crime. The centres aim to increase the number of graduates and build a skills base.

They are due to open in July and operate for a period of five years. During this time GCHQ will encourage more universities to develop their capabilities.


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