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Getting the most from your BCMS audits
Are you responsible for auditing your company’s business continuity management system? Do you struggle to fit your audits in to your ‘day job’ and do you wonder whether your audit report and its conclusions will make a difference to the robustness of your BC arrangements? Hilary Estall offers a few ideas to help bring life back to your audits.
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• UK / World

A different perspective on the BIA / risk assessment question
Peter Barnes, FBCI, responds to the recent Continuity Central survey into attitudes to the business impact analysis and the risk assessment; suggesting that the profession needs a new approach to standards and guidance.
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• UK / World



APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group agrees strategies for promoting business continuity
Members of the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group have met in Nagoya, Japan, to discuss ways to improve the uptake of business continuity planning in the region.
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• Asia Pacific

United Nations publishes Global Cybersecurity Index 2017
ITU, the United Nations’ agency for information and communication technology, has published the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017 (GCI-2017), which measures the commitment of ITU's 193 Member States to cybersecurity and helps to identify areas for improvement.
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• World


Cyber threats: critical infrastructure in the crosshairs
Black Hat has published its third annual research report, based on survey responses from nearly 600 Black Hat USA attendees. Entitled ‘Portrait of an Imminent Cyber Threat’ the report raises concerns about potential future threats to the US’s critical infrastructure.
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• US

Urgent cyber security improvements needed for industrial control systems
A lack of standards-based technical security testing is putting industrial control environments and critical national infrastructure at risk.
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• UK / World

Crisis Solutions

Business leaders report an improvement in the risk landscape
72 percent of global business leaders say they’re operating in a riskier world, spurred by increasingly regulated industries, advanced technology and rapid digitalization. That represents a drop of 15 percentage points from 2016, when 87 percent of global business leaders felt the world was a riskier place...
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• World

The cyber security battleground is shifting towards Linux and web servers
WatchGuard latest quarterly Internet Security Report reveals that Linux malware made up more than 36 percent of the top threats identified in Q1 2017.
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• World


ENISA publishes lessons from Cyber Europe 2016
During 2016 over 1,000 participants from all 28 EU Member States, along with Switzerland and Norway, took part in a simulated cyber crisis which lasted for over six months, culminating in a 48-hour event on 13th and 14th October 2016. ENISA has now issued a report which captures the key findings and recommendations from the exercise.
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• Europe / UK

Study quantifies business continuity management benefits during a data breach
A Ponemon Institute study has examined the impact of business continuity management (BCM) on the cost of a data breach.
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• World

Capital Continuity

FERMA and ECIIA call for new ‘cyber risk governance groups’ led by risk managers
A new report has called for organizations to create dedicated internal cyber risk governance groups to address digital risks across the whole enterprise as the threats evolve.
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• Europe / UK

Most organizations rely on backups for ransomware recovery
Druva has published the results of a survey conducted for its first Annual Ransomware Report. With over 800 companies participating, the survey found that eight out of ten responding organizations turn to modern backup solutions as the most effective strategy to respond to ransomware attacks.
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• World

RIMS issues cyber incident risk management report
A strong partnership between IT, legal, risk management and public relations is critical for an effective cybersecurity program, according to the new RIMS Professional Report,'Cyber Protection: What to Do Before and After a Cyber Incident.'
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• US / World


EMEA purpose-built backup appliance market declines
EMEA purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) vendor revenues declined 12 percent year over year to reach $191 million in the first quarter of 2017, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker.
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• World

Databarracks appoints Mike Osborne as executive chairman
Databarracks has announced the appointment of Mike Osborne, former managing director of business continuity, cloud & hosting at Daisy Group, to the new position of executive chairman.
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• UK


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