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BUSINESS CONTINUITY NEWS AND FEATURES,
February 2014

London Risk Register updated
The London Risk Register was approved in early February and provides an annual assessment of the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different threats to London’s businesses and communities.
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•Date: 26th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

SANS Institute survey highlights the scale of the information security challenge
Almost half of organizations are operating under the assumption that their network has already been compromised...
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•Date: 26th February 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

RIMS testifies on TRIA
Society pushes for a long-term terrorism risk insurance solution.
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•Date: 26th February 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• RAPid approach to healthcare application recovery
• Phoenix launches Re:Cover for SMEs
• NIST releases Cybersecurity Framework Version 1.0
• Data centre co-location buyers’ guide
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The Business Continuity Awareness Week Flashblog
Your chance to take part in something different during this year's BCAW.
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•Date: 25th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Agenda released for next NFPA 1600 update meeting
The NFPA Technical Committee on Emergency Management and Business Continuity will meet between March 25th-27th 2014 to discuss progress on the 2016 edition of NFPA 1600.
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•Date: 25th February 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

UK government gives an update on flood response and recovery
In a written statement to Parliament The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP has provided an update on flood response and recovery resources which are available to businesses and communities.
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•Date: 25th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Looking ahead to 5G
Business continuity managers need to be aware of emerging technologies which will impact their organizations in the future: and one such technology will be 5G.
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•Date: 25th February 2014 • Europe •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

The weak link in the chain…
Small office/home office (SOHO) wireless routers introduce significant cyber security risks: Tripwire study.
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•Date: 24th February 2014 • UK/US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Guide to ‘de-risking’ co-location projects published
Includes a checklist of requirements for organizations to compare the different data centre tiers with their organization’s risk profile.
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•Date: 24th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Data centres/centers

FEMA holds private sector engagement conference
Event looked at emerging trends in emergency management and how public-private sector collaboration can be enhanced.
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•Date: 24th February 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

New COSO thought leader paper demonstrates how enterprise risk management and internal control frameworks improve organizational performance and governance
‘Improving Organizational Performance and Governance: How the COSO Frameworks Can Help.’
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•Date: 24th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Phoenix sees growth in business continuity division
• International crisis management survey: take part
• 2014 SunGard BC Software International User Group Forum
• Business Resilience Forum
• Vocal achieves ISO 22301 accreditation
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Preventing public streaming events impacting on network availability
Huge public streaming events such as the Winter Olympics can impact on the availability of enterprise networks: and the effects are intensifying, for several reasons.
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•Date: 19th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Accelerating backup performance and efficiency still top priorities for large enterprises
Nearly half of respondents to a recent enterprise survey did not feel that their backup environment was meeting their needs.
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•Date: 17th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

UK companies lag behind the US in cyber security readiness
Many board level executives around the world still failing to address cyber security: BT survey.
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•Date: 17th February 2014 • UK/US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Using spreadsheets to manage risk is risky business indeed!
Spreadsheets should be banned from the risk management process says Keith Ricketts.
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•Date: 12th February 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Winter weather business continuity advice
Marsh has published a new document which aims to help organizations ensure business continuity during severe winter weather.
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•Date: 12th February 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Local Government Association launches UK flooding resilience and response information resource
The Local Government Association has collated a number of flooding resilience resources to provide UK councils, businesses and communities with information and updates relating to flood resilience and response.
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•Date: 12th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Four steps for minimising cloud deployment risks
Companies are no longer tolerant of security-and-compliance teams telling them they cannot go to the cloud: instead risk teams must learn how to adapt to the cloud environment.
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•Date: 12th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Global survey reveals security concerns holding back data centre/center consolidation and cloud migration
Only one in five companies are encrypting data in virtualized environments.
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•Date: 12th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Change detection technology has changed: for the better
Mark Kedgley examines the importance of real-time file integrity monitoring in a constantly and quickly evolving threat landscape.
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•Date: 11th February 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Executive perspectives on 2014 US organizational risks
Overall, the majority of executives rate the business environment as significantly risky, but see the risk landscape as improving relative to 2013.
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•Date: 11th February 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Phoenix achieves ISO 22301 certification
• Australian DSTO and IBM to collaborate on cyber security research
• Institute of Risk Management publishes cyber risks guide
• Winter wild-fires: Norway’s new risk
• Neverfail launches IT Continuity Engine 7.0
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Redefining the BIA
Geary Sikich proposes a two-phase BIA framework consisting of a pre-event general analysis and a post-event identification and assessment of business impacts and potential consequences for the enterprise.
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•Date: 10th February 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

How protected are your cloud assets?
Cloud deployment is significantly increasing security and compliance risk because security solutions have not kept up, says Mark Kraynak.
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•Date: 10th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Plotting the way forward for protecting UK critical infrastructure against cyber threats
Sector regulators, government ministers and senior officials meet to discuss how to address cyber threats to UK critical infrastructure.
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•Date: 10th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Monetary Authority of Singapore releases results from Industry-Wide Survey on Business Continuity Management
Provides a snapshot of business continuity in regional financial institutions and captures some best-practice lessons.
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•Date: 7th February 2014 • SE Asia •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

European bodies advance new measures to help protect critical space-based infrastructure
Space infrastructure is increasingly threatened by collision risks due to the growing population of satellites and the amount of space debris.
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•Date: 7th February 2014 • Europe •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

January 2014 major natural disasters roundup
Winter weather in the US drives insured losses in excess of $1.5bn.
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•Date: 7th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

UK government issues Windows XP end of support advice
Short-term mitigation advice for public sector organizations unable to fully migrate away from Windows XP prior to its end of support date.
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•Date: 5th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

The top enterprise security threats
HP has published its Cyber Risk Report 2013, identifying top enterprise security vulnerabilities and providing analysis of the expanding threat landscape.
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•Date: 5th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Bank of England publishes Waking Shark II report
The Bank of England has published the findings of the Waking Shark II exercise, which tested the wholesale banking sector’s response to a sustained and intensive cyber-attack.
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•Date: 5th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Europe agrees processes for the management of multinational cyber-crises
Standard operational procedures to manage multinational cyber-crises finalised by EU, EFTA Member States and ENISA.
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•Date: 5th February 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

IBM announces new data virtualization service
IBM SmartCloud Data Virtualization will enable customers to decouple their application data from their physical infrastructure, improving business resiliency.
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•Date: 5th February 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ITC continuity

Quorum’s disaster recovery as a service solution attains PCI compliance certification
Credit card data kept secure throughout the cloud recovery process: not just during backup.
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•Date: 5th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC companies

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• SunGard announces fourth quarter 2013 results
• New version of elementec::bcm business continuity software launched
• Infosecurity Europe dates
• ContinuitySA invests R9.8 million
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New research report: Roads to Resilience
Cranfield School of Management and Airmic identify the five Rs of resilience that successful organizations display.
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•Date: 4th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Pandemic Accord Tabletop Exercise report published
Report welcomed by SIFMA.
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•Date: 4th February 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Survey looks at data backup trends
53 percent of organizations plan to make changes to their backup strategy this year.
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•Date: 4th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Five emerging business continuity risks for South African organizations
Michael Davies, CEO of ContinuitySA, and his team have identified five emerging risks that South African organizations should be featuring in business continuity planning.
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•Date: 3rd February 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Retail and transport sectors face highest risk of terrorist attack
According to research by Aon, 33 percent of 2013 terrorism attacks affecting the retail sector and 18 percent impacted the transportation sector.
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•Date: 3rd February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

UK organizations leaving the door open for information security attacks due to failures in staff training
A fifth of UK organizations do not provide any IT security training for staff.
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•Date: 3rd February 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• US GAO reports on critical infrastructure protection
• UK government issues updated evacuation and shelter guidance
• Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications
• ERMS to play Winter Olympics role
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