National Cyber Security Programme: Cyber Pathfinder

Six: Business Continuity & Recovery from Cyber Incidents

iNetwork, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), and Emergency Planning College (EPC) are working with the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) to help local service providers to recognise the seriousness of the cyber challenge and help local service providers become more cyber secure and resilient. To accomplish this, the “Think Cyber Think Resilience” Cyber Pathfinder Training Scheme provides free-of-charge exercises and training for Technical Officers and Senior Executives from Local Authorities, Local Resilience Forums, and other Public Sector partner organisations across England.

Pathfinder Six – Business Continuity and Recovery from Cyber Incidents has been developed with significant inputs from the National Cyber Security Centre, Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat and other National Cyber Security Programme partners. It is designed to help local public service organisations support the objectives of the National Cyber Security Programme – which is responsible for the delivery of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy.

Pathfinder Six will help participants to appreciate how existing business continuity planning can complement cyber resilience and improve their understanding of the requirements for effect recovery planning.

Pathfinder 6.1: Business Continuity – will help delegates explore the complexity of business recovery after a cyber incident with conflicting needs to preserve evidence, recovery data/networks/systems, manage interconnectivity, and restore business as usual by:

  • Outlining links between business continuity life cycles & cyber resilience
  • Exploring relationship between service objectives & disaster recovery
  • Assessing business continuity planning against impacts of cyber incidents
  • Identifying/Assessing partner & supplier cyber resilience planning

Pathfinder 6.2: Recovery & Recovery Planning – explores the conflicting complexities of business continuity recovery against the time it takes to fully understand and prevent reoccurrences of cyber incidents:

  • Understanding need to review recovery planning in relation to cyber incidents
  • Reviewing incident reporting, lesson learning, & change management process
  • Exploring impact of legal implications on business continuity planning
  • Looking at remediation planning and recovery priority setting

All Cyber Pathfinder Training Scheme seminars are designed to help participants think about the impact of cyber incidents on their organisational plans for multi-agency working under the Civil Contingencies Act. It will help them understand cyber related issues so that, working with their resilience partners, they can review existing emergency planning and develop effective multi-agency emergency planning for cyber related incidents.

Who should attend?

Senior Leaders, Policy Makers and Practitioners from English Local Authorities, Local Resilience Forums, and other Public Sector partner organisations responsible for:

  • Policy or Strategic Management
  • Cyber Resilience or Security
  • Information Assurance
  • Data Management and GDPR/NIS
  • Democratic and Electoral Services
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Emergency Planning

Cyber Pathfinder Training Scheme events, which are free of charge for public service delegates, are aimed at Senior Leaders, Policy Makers and Practitioners from Public Service providers – especially (but not limited to) Local Authorities, Local Resilience Forums or their public sector delivery partners.



To enable participants to appreciate how business continuity complements cyber resilience and understands the requirement for effect recovery planning.


These interactive sessions provide an opportunity for participants, working in small groups, to explore:

  • Pathfinder 6.1: Business Continuity – provides an overview of how cyber incidents impact on business continuity planning including:
    • Need to ensure business continuity plans include cyber incidents
    • Differing priorities of service recovery & preventing reoccurrences
    • How cyber resilience differs from other resilience planning
    • Why interconnectivity impacts on business continuity plans
  • Pathfinder 6.2: Recovery & Recovery Planning – explores the unique characteristics of cyber incident recovery including:
    • Complex, competing and conflicting priorities
    • Likelihood of reoccurrences of cyber incidents & need for prevention
    • Challenges of remediation including quick fixes & return to normality


Additional Information

Pathfinder Six – Business Continuity and Recovery from Cyber Incidents is part of the MHCLG Cyber Pathfinder Training Scheme funded by the National Cyber Security Programme.  Participants and/or their organisations can further develop their understanding of cyber resilience, and the lessons learnt from attending this event, by taking part in one or more of the Pathfinder training seminars.

Places are limited to 60 participants for each Cyber Pathfinder Training Scheme event so early booking is advisable.

Teaching and Learning Methods





22 January 2020


Friends House

05 February 2020


Kings House Conference

19 February 2020


De Vere Colmore Gate

27 February 2020


Hilton Double Tree

04 March 2020


Albert Hall

11 March 2020


Bristol City Hall

18 March 2020


Town Hall

25 March 2020

Newcastle Upon Tyne

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