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Cyber Attack Seen As Top Threat To Business

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Cyber attack is the top threat perceived by businesses worldwide, while supply chain disruption is rising fastest in the nightmares of those responsible for business continuity. 


The fourth annual Horizon Scan report published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI)  assessed 760 organisations across the world. It found that 82% of Business Continuity Managers are afraid of the possibility of a cybe...

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Making A Leap In Thinking About Boardrooms

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

So.  It seems there are a few changes afoot in Europe's boardrooms to better cope with a rapidly changing world.


The Hay Group's study of non-executive directors in 2014 has found boards to be much more international. The average percentage of local directors has dropped - just a little - (from 66% to 64%) but the average percentage of directors with the majority of their career in the cou...

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'Too Big To Admit'? Banks & CyberSecurity Serious #CorpGov

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

We are beginning to have serious language problems when it comes to Corporate Governance - and that is despite an assumption that English is the common language. Introduce others and you may very well have a chaos of attempted comprehension.


For some considerable time now, IT failure in banks- that is, abject and gross failures of technology and the investment in it thereof- has repeatedly put at risk customer data, attacking trust and the very heart of these allegedly secur...

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Look At A Typical European NED /Think About Cyber Risk

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Let's take a look at the typical European non-executive director.


A 60 year old man, he is from the same country where the company he serves is listed and/or headquartered, and has spent the majority of his career in that country. Last year his fees were €86,000 but if he were a chairman, he made almost three times that amount. Of his eight colleagues, only two are women.


Shocked and depressed ? Start thinking about cyber risk and you might eve...

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Boardroom Wake Up Call: It's About Cyber Risk Not About 'Glitches'

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Cyber risk is not about to go away - why are we not hearing a lot more about it ?


All FTSE 350 boardrooms should be paying extra close attention. Some of them may well be doing so, but all the surveys, media coverage and reports I have read in the last three months suggest that for most senior management and non-executive directors, it is just too far out of their comfort zone for them to stretch to it. 


It is well worth reading the

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Technology Moves Fast: Boardrooms Need To Catch-Up

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

The world is moving much faster than the UK's boardrooms. Earlier today there were those in my Twitterstream who agreed, when I suggested this megatrends report by CIPD should be placed in front of every plc boardmember to concentrate the mind on strategy.


If the times they are a changin, I'm a great believer in changing...

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The Call For Tech-Savvy Directors Grows Louder

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I have previously expressed concerns here  about  what appears to be a worrying lack of technology knowledge in many UK plc boardrooms.


I am delighted to introduce someone who is doing some exciting research on technology and boardrooms and is based in Australia, from where we get some excellent ideas on governance. So here's some food for thought for the weekend.


Elizabeth Valentine is a doctoral candidate at Queensland University of Techno...

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Lack Of Innovation : Danger Danger For The Boardroom

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

There's something in the wind - or rather, the problem is, there isn't - and that something is 'innovation.'


Of particular importance to technology companies perhaps, but actually I think  a concern for all business, regardless of sector.


Boardrooms everywhere should have it highly placed on their agenda, and in the UK it doesn't look as if many of them are paying attention. This came up recently when I was talking to Michael Jackson, a former cha...

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Lack Of Innovation : Danger Danger For Boardrooms

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

There's something in the wind - or rather, the problem is, there isn't - and that something is 'innovation.'


Of particular importance to technology companies perhaps, but actually I think  a concern for all business, regardless of sector.


Boardrooms everywhere should have it highly placed on their agenda, and in the UK it doesn't look as if many of them are paying attention. This came up recently when I was talking to Michael Jackson, a former cha...

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Lack Of Innovation : Danger Danger For Boardrooms

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

There's something in the wind - or rather, the problem is, there isn't - and that something is 'innovation.'


Of particular importance to technology companies perhaps, but actually I think  a concern for all business, regardless of sector.


Boardrooms everywhere should have it highly placed on their agenda, and in the UK it doesn't look as if many of them are paying attention. This came up recently when I was talking to Michael Jackson, a former cha...

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