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Published: 3rd February 2020 | In: News

Quorum Cyber COVID-19 Response

Official Statement of Quorum Cyber’s Pandemic Action Plan

Live Page. Last Updated: 09/03/2020

Current Readiness Status: LEVEL 3

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Quorum Cyber has published our Action Plan, which details the steps we are taking to protect our people and our Customers. We are following advice from the UK & Scottish Governments, NHS, and World Health Organisation.

The health, wellbeing, safety, and security of our team, clients, and wider communities are of highest priority. Our action plans, guidance, and steps taken are in line with this prioritisation.

The Action Plan is a living document, and we will continuously update it as the situation develops.

 

Situation Readiness Levels
Readiness Condition Description Readiness
 LEVEL 1 Significant disruption to our operations is imminent or has already started.

Significant disruption to our operation is
imminent or has already started
Focus on critical business processes only.
 LEVEL 2  Minor disruption to our operation is imminent or has already started.  Activate contingency plans and triage resources accordingly.
 LEVEL 3  No immediate disruption to our operations has taken place, but are starting to see other organisations around showing signs of disruption.  Daily briefings and constant monitoring of the situation.
LEVEL 4  No disruption to our operations has taken place, but we are aware of a threat that could develop into a live situation. Above normal readiness.
LEVEL 5  Lowest state of readiness. We are not aware of any imminent threats that could develop into a live situation. Normal readiness.

What we know so far

  • COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

  • Symptoms include cough, mild temperature (37.5C), and shortness of breath. See official updates on symptoms on the NHS website.

  • Its spread is similar to normal flu, but may potentially also be airborne.

  • Most persons infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover. However, some go on to experience more serious illness and may require hospital care.

  • Risk of serious illness rises with age: people over 40 seem to be more vulnerable than those under 40. People with weakened immune systems and people with conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease are also more vulnerable to serious illness.

Implemented Actions

  • As of March 11th 2020, Quorum Cyber will be postponing attendance to, and hosting of, in-person meetings and events:

    • Social distancing; we are doing everything we can to avoid being in contact with other people, unless absolutely necessary.

    • The entire Quorum Cyber team is working from home, unless absolutely necessary.

    • The entire Quorum Cyber team is avoiding all travel, unless absolutely necessary.

    • The entire Quorum Cyber team is avoid attending events, meetings, gatherings, unless absolutely necessary. This includes going out, shows, restaurants, museums, etc.

    • Anyone not feeling well or displaying any symptoms MUST contact 111 immediately.

    • Anyone particularly vulnerable MUST stay at home.

  • In line with our ongoing, high standards of maintenance: make sure the workplace is clean and hygienic.

  • Clear-desk policy enforced (to allow proper cleaning) – desks are cleared every day, with nothing remaining on desks overnight. Drawers are provided for all team members.

  • Surfaces (e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) are wiped with disinfectant regularly (at least daily).

  • Hands are washed regularly, with all employees and visitors doing so every time we come back from the outside world.

  • Alcohol gel dispenser are placed around the office, and in continuous use by all working within the space.

  • All team members travel with small 100ml alcohol gel bottles and use them throughout journeys.

  • Tissues are disposed of immediately after use.

  • Touching of eyes, nose or mouth is not done if/when hands are not clean.

  • If displaying symptoms, call the NHS 111 Hotline or your local GP practice immediately.

Travel

  • The Quorum Cyber office is still open for absolutely necessary workspace use only. All team members are fully equiped to work remotely, and advised to do so until further notice. We are monitoring this daily.

  • Anyone not feeling well or displaying any symptoms MUST stay at home and contact 111 immediately.

  • Anyone particularly vulnerable MUST stay at home.

  • All non-essential business travel is being avoided.

Latest Updates

March 11th 2020: The World Health Organisation has “made the assessment that #COVID19 can be characterized as a pandemic.” The focus remains to stop transmission and prevent the spread of the virus. Read the official statement on the WHO announcement Twitter thread. Here at Quorum Cyber, we will be postponing attendance to, and hosting of, in-person meetings and events. All team members will be working from home until advised otherwise.

March 9th 2020: The UK still remains in containment phase, and cases continue to increase, however at a relatively low rate for Scotland. The focus continues to be on avoiding it spreading too quickly.

March 3rd 2020: Scotland has now seen its first case. It is now highly likely the UK will experience a serious outbreak in the next two weeks.

February 28th 2020: While Scotland has not been affected yet, we need to assume it will, and thus actions we take now can be key in reducing the impact of the situation if it does happen.

 

Leadership Statement

Addressing both internal and external teams, Managing Director of Quorum Cyber, Federico Charosky issued official statement annoucing our COVID-19 action plan.

Available via the link below.

Quorum Cyber COVID-19 Official Leadership Statement

 

Official COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

Local

The Scottish Government’s official Action Plan on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Scottish Government Action Plan

The NHS Scotland live health guidance page

NHS Scotland COVID-19 Guidance

Health Protection Scotland status updates and advice online.

HPS COVID-19 Advice

National

NHS Inform’s self-help guide for the general public.

NHS Inform Self-help Guide

UK Government official response to the COVID-19 outbreak, with links to the official UK action plans and resources for individuals and organisations.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

International

Updates and guidance from the European coronavirus response team.

EU Coronavirus Response Team

Daily coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

WHO COVID-19 Situation Reports