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Cyber security

Cyber-attacks and data breaches have proven to be two of the greatest concerns for business continuity professionals for several years running.

Cyber security's core function is to protect the devices we all use (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers), and the services we access - both online and at work - from theft or damage. It's also about preventing unauthorised access to the vast amounts of personal information we store on these devices, and online.

The National Cyber Security Centre NCSC), which is part of GCHQ has produced guides to help your business to improve cyber security within your organisation - quickly, easily and at low cost.

If you would like more information on business continuity, you can visit:

These links will also be of use:

Online scammers capitalise on Coronavirus pandemic

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic via phishing emails, websites and text messages to scam members of the public out of large sums of money and sensitive information during these uncertain times across the nation: more information is available here:


Business Continuity Awareness Week

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is held in May each year, and is run by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) to raise awareness of the benefits of forward planning to protect businesses and their staff.

It is a National and International week promoting Business Continuity and this year has some good information and webinars on managing COVID-19 impacts and recovery from COVID-19 so is particularly relevant.

This document provides more information about what is available this week to support your organisation:  Business Continuity Awareness Week Schedule for 2020

Business Continuity Planning

Any incident whether it is large or small, accidental or deliberate, can cause major disruption to your business. However, by planning in advance you will be able to resume your day to day business sooner.

This is where business continuity planning (BCP) comes in. Its purpose is to help you to prepare strategies to cope with disruptions so that you can continue to deliver your business' critical activities and reduce potential harm to staff.

By understanding the risks facing the everyday running of your business or organisation, you are better able to foresee problems and guard against them developing into serious disruptions.

Why have a business continuity plan?

It is important to plan for unforeseen circumstances. For example, what would you do if your workplace catches fire?

Some hard decisions will have to be made, and made quickly. For instance:

• What do you do with all your staff?

• How do you tell the community/customer that you cannot provide 'business/service as usual'?

• How do you meet important deadlines?

The list of questions grows, and so do the levels of uncertainty and anxiety. Without a BCP you will have to rely on an ad-hoc approach to deal with these issues.

For further information on business continuity, please visit the Business Continuity Institute.  

Protecting your business

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has issued a guide for small and medium sized enterprises to help protect their business.

For further information, please download NaCTSO Counting the cost - Managing risk, insurance and terrorism

The Home Office has also produced guidance on protecting businesses.

Download Expecting the unexpected - Business continuity in an uncertain world  

Would your business stay afloat? A guide to preparing your business for flooding

Make sure your business is prepared for flooding, one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the UK. The Environment Agency have prepared a simple guide on some of the easy actions that you can take to make sure that your business is as well as possible. Have a look at the business checklist on page 16 of this document to see if your business is prepared for flooding.

Download the Environment Agency - Would your business stay afloat? 

Business Continuity Plan

For further information on Business Continuity Plan please click on the following downloadable document:

Business Continuity Guidance

Business Continuity Guidance Forms

Unscheduled School Closures

The guidance for unscheduled School Closures due to bad weather is available for parents and carers at 

and for schools at .

Please view the document below in respect of pandemic advice:DCSF Guidance - Supported Learning if Schools close for extended periods in a Flu Pandemic

Hoax email information - National Cyber Crime Agency advice 08.05.18

Please review the attached information and advice in light of recent hoax emails to schools.

Lockdown Procedures for Schools

Please review the below document, based on information developed and supplied by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTO).  This template document is provided in MSWord format, so you can download and tailor the content to suit your school environment:

Lockdown Procedures for Schools Guidance 2018 Version 1