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The Business Continuity Institute has announced the release of its 2019 BCI Horizon Scan Report. This year’s results draw on the input of 569 global professionals to shine a light on the disruptive forces that they anticipate in 2019 and reveal how they are preparing their organizations to meet the challenge.

This is the eighth year that the BCI has published the Report, with its long-term partner, BSI. As detailed in the Executive Summary, key findings include:

  • Technical concerns dominate: Unplanned technical events top the list for both past disruptions and future threats: unplanned IT or telecom outages caused the most disruption in the last twelve months, whereas cyber attacks and data breaches were of most concern for the future.
  • Adverse weather is perceived as a greater threat: A series of weather events in 2018 (such as snowstorms in Europe, wildfires in the United States and serious storms globally) means respondents view weather as a key future threat, ranked third in the list of future disruptions.
  • Political change is back in the top ten future threats: Political change has entered the top ten list of future threats for the first time since 2015. Increasing uncertainty in Europe around Brexit, and the overall political uncertainty it brings globally are frequently cited by members as being significant challenges over the next 12 months.

The 2019 BCI Horizon Scan Report is available for download here.

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