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Every year, we ask business continuity and resilience professionals around the world to give us their top-ten perceived threats, and predictions for the trends and uncertainties that face them in the year ahead.

The BCI Horizon Scan 2016, created in partnership with BSI, brings together the responses of 568 organizations from 74 countries. Full of useful stats, case studies and analysis, it’s a vital tool for assessing near-term threats and business disruption.   


of organizations are likely to increase BC spend in 2016




26% of organizations don’t perform any long-term trend analysis

24% of organizations are likely to increase BC spend in 2016

51% of organizations use ISO 22301 as a framework for business continuity management

Key findings

  • Cyber attacks remain the top threat
  • The threat of terrorism has jumped six places to come fourth in the list
  • The top trends under scrutiny include the use of internet for malicious attacks, and the influence of social media
  • A worrying number of organizations don’t use long-term analysis to better understand threats

Trend analysis

Not all organizations are conducting long-term trend analysis. Of those that do, many don’t capitalise on the results. We must now focus on breaking down silos and encouraging cross-discipline engagement – especially among fields such as BC, risk management and information security.

Investment: a mixed picture

Overall, more companies plan to increase budgets than cut them. But it’s not quite as simple as that – the story varies greatly by sector. Things look especially positive in industries such as manufacturing, retail and IT/telecommunications. But the picture in the public sector is significantly less encouraging.

Industry standards

The influence of the ISO 22301 benchmark is growing. Most organizations, while not certified, refer to this standard to satisfy suppliers and reassure customers. But the story still varies greatly by industry. Future studies will focus on identifying the reasons behind these differences.