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Daisy

Evolving your security operations strategy to fit the cloud
Your cloud infrastructure security will be managed by your cloud provider but the applications, workloads, and data are your responsibility. Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh looks at four areas that should be considered.
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• World

Five security trends to watch in virtualization
Vitaly Mzokov looks in detail at five emerging trends which are starting to effect virtualization security.
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• World

Giving the recovery point objective some respect
Accurate recovery point objectives are essential for the recovery and restoration of systems in the time expected, but they are often neglected within business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Robert S. Emmel explains what RPOs are and how they can be calculated using various factors.
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• US / World

ClearView

Plugging the gaps in your incident response
Professor Avishai Woo explains how two gaps may be holding back your cyber incident response strategy: and how filling them ensures that the response takes the needs of the wider business into account.
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• World

The dark side of business IoT
The Internet of Things will undoubtedly bring many benefits to businesses but also brings risks which need to be actively managed. Ian Parker explores the issues that IoT presents and what organizations need to do to mitigate the risks.
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• UK / World

IT disaster recovery failures: why aren’t we learning from them?
Gil Levonai looks at three areas where many organizations can improve their IT resilience: focussing on why effective recovery requires consistent testing; why backup is not disaster recovery; and how hybrid cloud can provide a safety net.
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• World

LogicNow

World Backup Day: the perfect time to reflect on why businesses must adopt greater strategic backup flexibility
March 31st is World Backup Day and the event provides a reminder for businesses to consider whether their backup and data protection strategies remain fit for purpose. In this article John Woolley stresses the continued importance of tape archiving and highlights five reasons why it can add agility to your data protection processes.
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• UK / World

Multi cloud migration: protecting your cloud investment, and prioritizing your security needs
Multi-cloud adoption is now the recommended approach for cloud availability. Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh providers some pointers for those who are just starting to consider this option.
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• World

The Amazon Web Services outage: business continuity implications and actions
Following the recent long-running outage at Amazon Web Services Continuity Central conducted a reader-survey to ascertain the level of impact and whether it will result in business continuity professionals reviewing their business continuity plans. The survey also sought to capture the lessons that can be learned from the outage. This article provides a summary of the results…
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NEWS ARTICLES

Continuity2

Disaster recovery is the top application that organizations plan to migrate to the cloud
Disaster recovery is the number one application that organizations plan to migrate to the cloud (36 percent). DR is followed by file sharing (30 percent), data backup (30 percent) and data storage (29 percent). These are among the findings of ‘Cloud Adoption in 2017’, a research study conducted by Zetta.
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• World

DRI survey lists cyber security as top concern of business continuity professionals
The Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) has published the results of a recent survey of its certified business continuity and disaster recovery professionals. DRI surveyed nearly 250 certified professionals about potential threats in the next five years.
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• US / World

Correctly configured firewalls are still a critical cyber security tool: survey
FireMon has released the results from a survey that assessed the views of 350 IT security professionals on the importance of firewalls in the fight to prevent data breaches.
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• World

Crisis Solutions

US and North Korea cyber war underway says academic
Dr Andrew Futter from the University of Leicester School of History, Politics and International Relations claims that a cyber war between the United States and North Korea is already taking place and has possible ramifications for critical infrastructure.
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• US / World

Windstream introduces business continuity solution for cloud-reliant companies
Windstream has announced the availability of ‘a one-of-a-kind business continuity solution’, Diverse Connect, that enables reliable connectivity for enterprises that are reliant on the cloud to power mission critical applications.
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• US

The Business Resilience Survey 2017
ContinuitySA, in partnership with ITWeb, have published the results of a survey looking at the current state of business resilience.
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• Africa / World

Capital Continuity

UK government publishes annual cyber attack statistics
New government statistics show that nearly half of all UK businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months. The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 reveals that nearly seven in ten large businesses identified a breach or attack with the average cost to large businesses of all breaches over the period being £20,000 and in some cases reaching millions.
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• UK

Banks confident in cybersecurity capabilities but failing when it comes to testing
Many senior bank executives are confident about their cybersecurity strategy, yet a lack of comprehensive, practical testing is an issue, according to a new report from Accenture.
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• World

Organizations concerned about Internet of Things security and control: survey
The majority (80.1 percent) of IT professionals worry about the potential for attacks originating through their Internet of Things (IoT) devices, according to a recent survey by Lieberman Software Corporation.
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eBRP

42 percent of the UK’s larger businesses hit by a cyber attack in the past year: survey
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published the results of a survey that looks at the cyber security experiences of 1200 UK businesses during the past 12 months.
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• UK

Plan B publishes snapshot of UK disaster recovery practices
Plan B’s latest disaster recovery report provides some insights into changes in the way organizations manage their DR.
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• UK

Altaro announces general availability of VM Backup V7
Altaro has launched VM Backup version 7, claimed to be ‘the fastest, most reliable, easiest to manage, and most affordable backup solution for Hyper-V and VMware environments’.
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• World

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Survey identifies downtime as the main cost of business ransomware attacks
Imperva, Inc., has published the results of a survey of 170 security professionals which looks at the business impacts of ransomware attacks.
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• North America / World

More than half of business-critical data will reside in the cloud by 2019: survey
Security is the number one concern amongst senior business executives when it comes to cloud data adoption, yet more than half of business-critical data is likely to reside there by 2019.
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• Various

Large increase in cyber attacks on industrial computers identified
On average two-in-five computers, related to the technological infrastructure of industrial enterprises, faced cyberattacks in the second half of 2016.
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• World

IDC study shows rapid future growth in critical data
A new IDC study, ‘Data Age 2025’, sponsored by Seagate, predicts that global data creation will swell to a total of 163 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025; consumers and businesses creating, sharing and accessing data between any device and the cloud will continue to grow well beyond previous expectations.
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• World

World at a tipping point for cybersecurity says Fortinet Threat Landscape Report
Fortinet has published its latest Global Threat Landscape Report. A key finding is that cyber criminals are building ‘an army of things’ that has the potential to impact the future of the digital economy.
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Majority of organizations now trust cloud for critical applications and infrastructure
SolarWinds has revealed the findings of its new ‘IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organisation’. The report explores the variety of ways in which IT departments around the world are integrating the cloud, and the effect hybrid IT has had on their organizations.
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• UK / World

Cloud: organizations should ‘design for failure’ to prevent outages
Recent cloud outages highlight the need for organizations to start designing for failure on public cloud services, says Databarracks.
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• UK / World

UK businesses are not adapting to the new cyber security landscape: Institute of Directors
A worrying number of UK businesses have no formal plan to protect their business from a cyber-attack and the number of companies preparing themselves has not improved from a year ago. This is according to a new survey report from the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Barclays.
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• UK

Tomorrow’s hyper-connected world will require a ‘seismic shift’ in the way business continuity is planned and managed
The Information Security Forum (ISF) has published its ‘Threat Horizon 2019’ report, the latest in a series of annual Threat Horizon reports.
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• World

DDoS attacks are an increasing threat: study
DDoS attacks are a greater security threat to businesses in 2017 than ever before, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) need to do something about it according to a new survey of IT security professionals and network operators by Corero Network Security.
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• US / World

CEO survey finds that many private companies are underprepared for cyber attacks
PwC has published the results of its 20th Global Survey of CEOs, which focuses specifically on the threats and opportunities facing the 781 private company CEOs who participated.
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