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Keeping employees engaged when it comes to cyber security
When it comes to maintaining an organization’s security, responsibility must be taken by every employee, not just security professionals, as organizations are only as strong as their weakest link. Matt Kaplan offers some thoughts on how businesses can help their staff to better protect their assets.
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• World

Tips for successfully building a risk culture
Contrary to popular belief, building a risk culture is not a difficult thing to work at: but there are some misconceptions which, if understood, make it an easier task. In this article Alexei Sidorenko, CRMP, explains what these misconceptions are and provides some ideas which will help.
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• Europe / World

How a business continuity plan can help you survive a ransomware attack
Paying a ransom is not the way to deal with a ransomware attack; instead comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery planning provides the best solution says Paul Barber.
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• UK / World


The impact of the GDPR on contact centre operations
Many UK businesses do not believe the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have an impact after the UK leaves the EU. They are wrong! It will, and even businesses that are preparing may not have considered the full extent of the new legislation in every area of their business.
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• UK / World

Global ransomware outbreak: live update page
Europol has stated that more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries have been affected by the WannaCrypt ransomware outbreak, which was first reported on Friday 12th May. This page will be updated with information about the attacks and advice for organizations.
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• World

Survey: to BIA or not to BIA?
One of the differentiators of the new approach to business continuity advocated by Adaptive BC is the removal of the business impact analysis and risk assessment from the business continuity process. But is that a realistic proposal? This survey seeks the views of business continuity professionals on this issue.
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• World

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Protecting data is no longer just an IT problem: Ponemon study
When it comes to the biggest threats facing UK companies, IT practitioners and CMOs both believe that a data breach ranks near the top, behind poor customer service, as it relates to their company’s reputation and brand value.
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• World

DHS highlights ‘continuing threat from homegrown terrorists’
In an updated National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin, the US Department of Homeland Security warned about the continuing threat from homegrown terrorists.
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• US


IBM makes quantum computing advance: future advantages for risk analysis, AI and cloud security
IBM has announced that it has successfully built and tested two powerful universal quantum computing processors for IBM Q - the company's initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems for business and science applications.
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• US / World

BCI Africa Awards open for entries
The Business Continuity Institute's BCI Africa Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of business continuity, risk and resilience professionals and organizations within the Africa region.
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• Africa

Crisis Solutions

DRI conducting Women in BCM study
The Disaster Recovery Institute is inviting female business continuity professionals to take part in its Women in BCM study. This is a research project conducted by the DRI’s Women in Business Continuity Management Committee.
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• US / World

Three quarters of CEOs admit to using unapproved programs and applications, putting critical data at risk
Despite knowing the risks facing their organizations business decision makers (BDMs) and CEOs are putting critical data at jeopardy. 75 percent of CEOs and more than half (52 percent) of BDMs admit that they use applications/programs that are not approved by their IT department.
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• US / UK / Europe

Capital Continuity

Survey highlights overconfidence and lack of preparedness for cyber incidents
SolarWinds MSP has published survey findings outlining the preparedness of UK and US businesses in dealing with cybersecurity breaches.
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• US / UK

Pandemic outbreaks: a new approach promises to speed up response
A new approach to information gathering has been created that could allow scientists to quickly identify the most effective way to manage a pandemic or epidemic disease outbreak.
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• US / World


Australian Government launches Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub
Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan MP, has officially launched the Australian Government’s new Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub.
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• Australia

Many English NHS computer systems shut down in response to a ransomware attack
At least 16 National Health Service organizations in England have been impacted by a ransomware attack. Users report being locked-out from computers and some systems have been closed down to prevent propagation of the malware.
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• UK



SingleHop introduces new disaster recovery as a service solutions
SingleHop has announced enhancements to its business continuity portfolio with the addition of two Disaster Recovery as a Service solutions: Standby DRaaS and Active DRaaS.
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• US / World


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