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Crisis Communications

Crisis communications is an important element of any major incident or disruption event and it involves both internal and external crisis communications preparations as well as the related issue of crisis reputation management. In such circumstances, organisations and governments are equally vulnerable to communications failures and the consequent risk to the continued viability of organisations as well as the public perception and support for government.

To request crisis communication assistance, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

Internal Communications

Efficient and effective communications between employees, managers and directors or ministers may help to mitigate the effects of a major incident or disruption event. Ensuring that employees are aware of the relevance and importance of certain information can enable seamless reporting to managers, directors and ministers and assist with emergency service response and mitigation planning.

External Communications

External communications with the media and the general public are an essential aspect of any major incident or disruption event. It is advisable to implement reputation management procedures in advance of an incident so as to facilitate seamless and effective communications.

Newrisk Limited can assist with external communications preparations so as to mitigate the negative reputational effect arising out of major incidents and disruption events. Such preparations encompass traditional verbal briefings to media organisations (such as press conferences and press releases) as well as the more modern modes of communications (such as Twitter, Facebook and Myspace).

Recent Lectures & Conferences

Newrisk Limited has recently lectured on crisis communications including:

To request Newrisk Limited's assistance in connection with crisis communications, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

Sally Leivesley



  • TEG7
  • Cyber Threats

In response to the Paris & Brussels terror attacks, Newrisk Ltd became a founder member of The Exercise Group7 LLP (TEG7) which is a dynamic team drawn from cyber & former special defence fields to exercise organisations & governments on emerging terror and cyber threats.  The TEG7 profile can be seen at www.teg7.co.uk. The Manchester Arena suicide bombing in May 2017 highlights a new military style of terrorism from ISIS with a greater potential to attack the public & security personnel in many countries.  TEG7 integrates physical & cyber security for corporate exercises to protect against terror & cyber-attacks.

Delta & British Airways have suffered a world-wide loss of aviation business systems as a result of computer system outages.  Newrisk Limited - as part of The Exercise Group7 LLP - conducts exercises in integrated cyber & physical security transformation for companies & governments.  Cyber threats are becoming more serious for critical infrastructure & require new principles in management & exercises of personnel to pre-empt crises. Degraded operations will become a fall-back if persistent attacks continue to exploit vulnerabilities & use ransomware or nation state motivated attacks. The Ukraine power grid attacks are a key lesson for infrastructure protection. Aviation remains the industry ‘canary’ for cyber failures.