Businesses urged to reassess risk

CBI director general Digby Jones has urged firms to put a reassessment of business risk at the top of their list of New Year resolutions.

“In a year that has seen mainland terrorism, a major incident at the UK’s fifth largest oil and petrol distribution depot and natural disasters too numerous to mention across the globe, everyone in business needs to spend some time this January re-assessing their business risk,” he said.

“As New Year resolutions go, few things can be more important than ensuring your business has a future, whatever happens outside your door.”

With the help of defence specialists QinetiQ and drawing on MI5 advice, the CBI has produced some new tips on continuity and security planning.

They concentrate on six main areas:

  • Business survival – the critical factors
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Validation of staff
  • Controlling entries and exits
  • Physical security – technology
  • Physical security – basics

“Having the right plan and the right people in the right places can ensure that your business survives no matter what. It is a vital self-help insurance policy that everyone in business must have,” Jones warned.

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