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BCAW 2017

BCAW 2017: Cyber Security

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack that affected a reported 200,000 systems across 150 countries, including the NHS in the UK, was a stark reminder, as if one were needed, that the cyber threat is very real, and collectively we must do more to make our organizations more resilient.

BCAW 2017Of course organizations have a responsibility to make sure they have the necessary resources in place to combat the cyber threat, that software is up to date and anti-virus in place. The message during BCAW however, is that cyber security is everyone’s responsibility and we all have a role to play in building a resilient organization.

Our latest paper reveals that the actions of individuals can often leave our organizations vulnerable to attack, and the security mechanisms put in place become defunct if users are simply inviting intruders in. For example:

  • The music band Gorillaz had their Vimeo account hacked and album leaked online - their password was reported to be '2017'.
  • A French television network was allegedly hacked after they broadcast an interview with a user name and password in the background.

Building resilience by improving cyber security identifies six ways that users can help improve their organization's cyber security, and also their own personal cyber security. The paper demonstrates that many of us are currently falling short of this and encourages each of us to do more.

To complement the six posters we produced for BCAW, each of them based on the research we conducted for the above paper, we also published a short video to highlight the issue and explain what we all can do to help improve cyber security. Please do share this video with your network to help raise awareness.

In the build up to BCAW we produced and collated a wide range of resources such as research reports, case studies and white papers, not to mention the extensive webinar programme we put together. Please use the links below to find out more.


In order to improve the service we provide, the BCI seeks feedback from those people who matter to us most - you! It would therefore be appreciated if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey on BCAW2017, as this will help inform our planning process for BCAW2018.


In order to help promote the week and publicise the message we were trying to get across, we produced a series of posters. Each poster highlights a different action an individual can take to improve cyber security. Click here to see the full range and to download your free copies.


The BCI put together an extensive webinar programme to provide educational material to those working in the industry. All the webinars are free to watch and were recorded so can be viewed on demand. Click here for further information.

Tips for cyber security

In the build up to BCAW, we ran a competition asking for cyber security tips from you, those working in the industry. Click here to find a small selection of these, and see how you can make your organization more cyber secure.

BCI resources

The BCI has produced a few publications on cyber resilience, from our research reports, such as the Horizon Scan Report and Cyber Resilience Report which demonstrate why cyber is a business continuity issue, to our working paper series which look at specific aspects of cyber resilience. Click here for further information.

External resources

In the build up to, and during, BCAW the BCI collated a collection of external resources that provide educational material to those working in the industry, and can be used to help demonstrate the value of business continuity and the need for cyber resilience. Click here for further information.

Case studies

Reports and white papers are all very well in giving you a good knowledge of cyber security, but how does this relate to the day to day work? Case studies offer a bit more insight into the practical side of cyber security. Click here for further information.

News and blogs

There has been plenty of research carried out in the field of cyber resilience, research that exposes the scale of the issue and the cost when things go wrong. The BCI frequently analyses this research and highlights those of interest. Click here for further information.


It is often said that a picture tells a thousand words, so if imagery is your desired method to get a message across then we have collated a selection of infographics highlighting some of the key facts regarding cyber resilience. Click here for further information.


Cyber resilience is a serious topic, but if you would like a little light relief, then we have collated a selection of cartoons to keep you amused, while still helping to demonstrate the theme. Click here for further information.

If you have any questions on BCAW then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at BCI headquarters for more information.