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BUSINESS CONTINUITY NEWS AND FEATURES

Can business continuity management effectively manage cultural diversity?
Defining the recovery time objectives Business continuity management in large organizations with many different departments and diverse personalities can be a challenge at times. John Zeppos, FBCI, looks at some of the issues.

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How to define your recovery time objectives
Defining the recovery time objectives (RTO) for your activities is one of the most critical things the business continuity manager will carry out. Charlie Maclean-Bristol offers some practical advice.
Business continuity in 2015: interim results
Continuity Central is currently conducting its annual survey looking at the trends and changes the profession can expect to see in the year ahead.
Strategies for protecting SQL Server in the cloud
SQL Server is a business critical application that requires high availability protection, regardless of where it is deployed. However, traditional solutions may not be practical or even possible in the cloud.
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•Date: 27th February 2015 • US//World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

How to develop excellent business continuity exercises
Looking to improve your business continuity exercise skills? A new downloadable resource will help.
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•Date: 27th February 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC testing & exercising

WHO warns on influenza pandemic signals
The current global influenza situation is characterized by a number of trends that must be closely monitored, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in a recent briefing document.
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•Date: 27th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Druva announces new cloud data privacy framework
• Unitrends reports 36 percent growth in fourth quarter of 2014
• 3rd India Business & IT Resilience Summit
• Business Resilience Forum
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Shortlist published for BCI North America resilience and business continuity awards
The Business Continuity Institute’s North America awards will take place on 24th March 2015 during the DRJ Spring World in Orlando.
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•Date: 25th February 2015 • N.America •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Information security management is changing: Gartner
The focus of information security management is moving from blocking and detecting attacks, to detecting and responding to attacks.
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•Date: 25th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Exploring the Risk Committee Advantage
A new RIMS Executive Report highlights the value of developing a strong operational risk committee.
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•Date: 25th February 2015 • N.America •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk

Business continuity strategies for power supply load-shedding threats
ContinuitySA provides advice for organizations based in areas where power supplies are unstable.
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•Date: 24th February 2015 • Africa/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

The 2015 Cyber Risk Report
New HP report looks at the security threat landscape.
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•Date: 24th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

ENISA issues methodologies for the identification of critical information infrastructure services in communication networks
New study aims to help EU Member States and operators of critical information infrastructure services to protect themselves from future threats and challenges.
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•Date: 24th February 2015 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• NIST awards $20 million for Community Resilience Center of Excellence
• WHO reports on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus situation
• Kroll Ontrack makes data recovery breakthrough announcement
• Fusion announces business expansion
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The top 10 global software failures of 2014
Software glitches are at the root of many business continuity incidents: SQS highlights ten high profile software failures which happened in 2014.
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•Date: 23rd February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

The winners of the IRM Global Risk Awards 2015
The winners of the Institute of Risk Management’s Global Risk Awards 2015 were announced at a recent ceremony in London.
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•Date: 23rd February 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ERM

Endpoint Protection: Attitudes and Trends 2015
Bromium, Inc., has published the results of a survey of more than 100 information security practitioners focused on the greatest challenges and risks facing their organizations today.
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•Date: 23rd February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Revised version of UAE business continuity standard now available
The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority has published an updated version of the country’s business continuity standard.
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•Date: 19th February 2015 • Middle East •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

Bank cyber-attacks highlight the need for ‘war games’
Playing war games is one effective way of highlighting potential weak spots, says KPMG.
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•Date: 19th February 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Perceived risks still hold back UK businesses from using cloud computing services
Top concerns are data theft or loss and reliable access to online services.
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•Date: 19th February 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Edinburgh Community Resilience Week
• Vocus expands with acquisition of EDC
• Ultimate Security Services becomes first security sector company to gain ISO 22301 certification
• BANG 7th Annual Alternative Awards
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US businesses failing when it comes to winter weather preparedness
Many businesses across the US score poorly on being prepared for severe winter weather, according to a new poll of America's workforce, commissioned by FM Global.
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•Date: 18th February 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Take part in the Business Continuity Awareness Week Flashblog
Business continuity professionals are being invited to take part in the second BC Flashblog: an event where people all over the world write an article on the same subject, than all post their articles at the same time.
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•Date: 18th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Busting myths and building resilience
A new series of short videos looks at some of the widely held misconceptions in our industry that newcomers and long-timers alike should be wary of, as well as discussing some novel approaches to the business continuity discipline.
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•Date: 18th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Business continuity management: don’t get out – get better…
Luke Bird reflects on career progression opportunities in business continuity and how the profession could improve in this area.
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•Date: 17th February 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

BCI publishes its annual Horizon Scan report
Supply chain disruption is reported as the fastest rising threat.
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•Date: 17th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• NTU Singapore develops new weapon in war against flu pandemics
• Vocus expands with acquisition of EDC
• Ultimate Security Services becomes first security sector company to gain ISO 22301 certification
• Asigra introduces converged data protection for cloud-based DR
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Finalists announced for DRI International 2015 Awards of Excellence
DRI International has announce the finalists for the 2015 DRI Awards of Excellence, which will be presented at the DRI2015 conference in San Antonio, TX, on March 3rd.
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•Date: 16th February 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

The limits of prevention-centric information security programs highlighted
Damballa Q4 2014 State of Infections Report underlines the importance of adopting a proactive stance to threat detection.
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•Date: 16th February 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

January’s major natural disasters roundup
Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during January 2015.
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•Date: 16th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

FFIEC revises business continuity planning guidance
Additional information on ‘Strengthening the Resilience of Outsourced Technology Services’ added.
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•Date: 11th February 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Financial sector BC

NIST Industrial Control Systems Security Guide update published for final public review
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued proposed updates to its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security (NIST Special Publication 800-82) for final public review and comment.
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•Date: 11th February 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Cloud adoption and risks
Hundreds of high risk cloud applications are commonly used across North American and European organizations: survey report.
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•Date: 5th February 2015 • US/UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Feedback requested on ISO 22318 draft
Deadline for comments on new supply chain continuity standard is 13th February 2015.
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•Date: 5th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

The Global Resilience Summit
London First has announced the launch of a new conference, the Global Resilience Summit.
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•Date: 5th February 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Events

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Arcserve unveils ‘all-in-one data protection appliance’
• The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference
• Safeguarding Australia 2015
• Zerto hits triple-digit growth once again
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‘It must be the network’: how to avoid the blame game and reduce downtime in an app-centric IT environment
Many companies are reliant on applications to drive business-critical processes, but when downtime or slow performance cause issues it can be difficult to ascertain the root cause.
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•Date: 4th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Colocation doesn’t have to be an either-or decision where cloud is concerned
Lilac Schoenbeck explains why organizations shouldn’t be pressured into choosing between colocation and cloud.
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•Date: 4th February 2015 • UK / World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

How much could a DDoS attack cost your business?
A Kaspersky Lab survey report has quantified the average cost of DDoS attacks on organizations.
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•Date: 4th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Draft version of new United States Federal Flood Risk Management Standard published
Following the issuing of a New Executive Order on Federal Flood Risk Management by the White House, a draft version of the new US Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) has been published.
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•Date: 4th February 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

DRI International to highlight the importance of business continuity at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
DRI International President and CEO, Alan Berman; DRI Executive Director, Chloe Demrovsky; and DRI Japan Chairman, Kanryu Nagase will address participants at an event entitled ‘Implementing Resilience with Private-Sector Partnerships through Business Continuity.’
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•Date: 4th February 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

CEO? Here are three key business continuity questions that you need to ask…
Leigh-Anne van As explains why business continuity management can be an important strategic tool.
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•Date: 3rd February 2015 • Africa / World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

WolfPAC Solutions Group upgrades online business continuity planning solution
WolfPAC risk assessment and management tool gets an updated Business Continuity Planning module.
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•Date: 3rd February 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC software

Survey finds that business continuity management in New South Wales local government needs improvements
A survey of New South Wales Shires and Councils has looked at risk management, business continuity, and internal audit practices and identified a number of gaps in some critical areas.
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•Date: 3rd February 2015 • Australia •Type: Article • Topic: Public sector BC

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• IRM welcomes new chief executive
• Best practices for communicating during severe winter weather
• Webinar: social media strategies for crisis communications
• Op Risk Europe
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Public apathy in the path of preparedness
Responses to winter storm Juno seem to show that you cannot please the public when it comes to preparedness. In this article Geary Sikich asks whether business continuity and emergency planners are missing something when it comes to communicating preparedness with the public.
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•Date: 30th January 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Seven things you need to know about the ‘GHOST’ vulnerability
GHOST could potentially allow an attacker to take over the control of an entire Linux system: Szilard Stange provides more details and lists actions that organizations can take to protect their systems.
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•Date: 30th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

The 10th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) is now a very serious threat to business continuity says Arbor Networks report.
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•Date: 29th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Which threats are chief information officers most concerned about?
A recent survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services finds that the issues concerning CIO the most are information security, downtime and talent acquisition.
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•Date: 29th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Survey finds increasing demand for disaster recovery solutions amongst US small and medium sized businesses
A survey of US-based managed service providers by Easy Office Phone has looked at the top trends in small to medium sized businesses (SMBs).
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•Date: 29th January 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Business continuity markets

New ENISA report looks at the cyber threat landscape
ETL 2014 looks at the 15 top cyber threats, cyber threat agents, cyber-attack methods and threat trends for emerging technology areas.
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•Date: 29th January 2015 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Flood resiliency: lessons from Calgary’s business community
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce has published a new report which captures resiliency lessons from the city’s 2013 flood.
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•Date: 29th January 2015 • Canada •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Audit committees are concerned about the current high risk environment finds a KPMG survey
Some boards are reallocating oversight duties as the risk environment strains audit committee agendas.
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•Date: 29th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Data Protection Maturity study published
• Digium introduces Switchvox Rescue for business phone system recovery
• IDC finds major gap remains between business and IT over cybersecurity among organizations in the Middle East
• NIST guide walks organizations through the mobile app security vetting process
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Information security: why we should talk about incident response
There is a frequent bias in the industry towards focusing on the ‘cool’ exploit and detection side of cyber-defense, rather than the more operational response and mitigation side. This article by Proofpoint considers the other side of the equation, looking at incident response and outlining four steps to success in this area.
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•Date: 27th January 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

UK business continuity remuneration in 2014
Recruitment agency, Beecher Madden has released a summary of average remuneration for business continuity jobs during 2014.
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•Date: 27th January 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Top tips for successful social media risk management in the finance sector
Advice from James Leavesley, CEO, CrowdControlHQ.
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•Date: 27th January 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

FEMA seeks views of young people on resilience
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council.
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•Date: 27th January 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Businesses face increasing number of disruptive scenarios
According to the Allianz Risk Barometer 2015.
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•Date: 26th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

The Seventh Annual State of Resilience Report
IT resilience more important than ever as the demand for data expands across all platforms.
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•Date: 26th January 2015 • US/UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Critical infrastructure executives complacent about Internet of Things security
Tripwire, Inc., has published the results of an extensive study conducted by Atomik Research on the security of the ‘Enterprise of Things’ in critical infrastructure industries.
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•Date: 26th January 2015 • US/UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

‘An Inside Look at Disaster Recovery Planning’
HOB has published the results of a new survey which set out to quantify employee knowledge and understanding of their organization’s emergency procedures in the event of a natural disaster or an epidemic.
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•Date: 26th January 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Report reveals high cost of dealing with 'false positive' cyber security alerts
• DRI International sees significant growth
• 'Enterprise Risk Management in Banken'
• NIST Meeting: Cybersecurity Is a Key Ingredient In the Manufacturing Mix
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IT disaster recovery under the spotlight
More than three in ten IT professionals report that their organization has suffered a major incident that has required them to implement disaster recovery procedures, according to a technology survey conducted by Evolve IP.
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•Date: 16th January 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

‘COSO in the Cyber Age’
New report offers guidance on using COSO Frameworks to assess cyber risks.
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•Date: 16th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Protecting critical infrastructure against cyber attacks
With attacks on critical infrastructure growing, Oded Gonda discusses the threat to SCADA networks and ICS and how these vital services can be protected.
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•Date: 15th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Global Risks 2015
The World Economic Forum has published its annual look ahead at the risks that are likely to dominate in the coming years.
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•Date: 15th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Business Continuity Awareness Week theme announced
Business Continuity Awareness Week will be held between the 16th and 20th March 2015 and the BCI has now announced that the theme will be 'testing times'.
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•Date: 15th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Now is the time to create a Windows Server 2003 migration plan
Five reasons why doing nothing could spell disaster.
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•Date: 14th January 2015 • US / World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

President Obama proposes ‘Enabling Cybersecurity Information Sharing’ legislation
President Obama has made an updated proposal to introduce legislation to require US organizations to share information about cyber attacks.
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•Date: 14th January 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

A roundup of 2014’s natural disasters
Impact Forecasting has published its Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during 2014.
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•Date: 14th January 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• TRIA extended
• Sungard AS Ireland secures ISO 27001 certification
• BANG 2015 calendar
• Jermyn Consulting relocates to West Yorkshire
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Make resilience your 2015 resolution
Michael Davies, CEO of ContinuitySA, highlights seven initiatives that will enhance organizational resilience.
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•Date: 13th January 2015 • Africa / World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

IT and data centre professionals express concern about future threats to UK power supplies
The results of Uninterruptible Power Supplies Limited’s (UPS) latest industry survey shows that IT and data centre professionals see UK power supply continuity as an increasing concern.
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•Date: 13th January 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

New business continuity facility opened in Mozambique
Global Continuity SA has expanded its geographical footprint beyond South Africa’s borders by opening a recovery facility in Mozambique’s capital and largest city, Maputo.
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•Date: 13th January 2015 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Recovery facilities

IBM study: number of cyber attacks on retailers drops by half in 2014 compared to 2012
However the severity of individual attacks increased.
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•Date: 8th January 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

NIST schedules 4th Disaster Resilience Workshop
On February 18th and 19th, 2015, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host its fourth regional workshop devoted to developing a first-generation framework that will help US communities build resilience to hazard events.
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•Date: 8th January 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• French government raises terror alert level for the Ile-de-France region
• House passes bill extending TRIA
• Iraq ebola outbreak rumours are unfounded says WHO
• Word Continuity Congress Singapore 2015
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Three challenges that business continuity managers face in 2015
As we enter a new year it’s always a good exercise to look ahead at potential changes in the coming 12 months and what these might mean for existing business continuity plans and systems. In this article David Honour highlights three areas which are likely to be the biggest generic business continuity challenges in 2015.
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•Date: 7th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Survey sees a drop in the risk appetite of UK CFOs
Policy uncertainty at home and economic and geopolitical risks overseas are the central challenges facing chief financial officers (CFOs) of the UK’s largest companies as they enter 2015, according to a survey by Deloitte.
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•Date: 6th January 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Total economic losses from disaster events in 2014 reached USD 113 billion worldwide
Down from USD 135 billion in 2013.
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•Date: 6th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

BCM Legislations, Regulations, Standards and Good Practice
The BCI has published an updated version of its guide to business continuity legislation, regulation, standards and guidance around the world.
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•Date: 5th January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

From the Extreme to the Mean
By 2050, most of the US coast can expect to see 30 or more days a year of floods up to two feet above high tide levels, says a new NOAA study.
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•Date: 5th January 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Business continuity and service level agreements: a perfect marriage?
Service level agreements (SLAs) and business continuity go hand-in-hand: or they should do, says Andrew Hiles.
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•Date: 2nd January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Cybersecurity predictions for 2015
Proofpoint looks at how information security threats are likely to evolve during the coming year.
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•Date: 2nd January 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

The cloud in 2015
Steven Harrison predicts how business use of cloud computing will develop and change during the next 12 months.
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•Date: 2nd January 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• FSB survey finds that UK small businesses lack resilience plans
• PwC Research finds gap between investor and corporate director views on planning for major security breaches
• Marsh issues 2015 Political Risk Map
• Disaster Management 2015
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Quality control and measurement of business continuity management systems: final survey results
In 2013 Continuity Central conducted a survey to explore quality control methods that are being used within business continuity management systems. This survey has now been repeated to see how the trends in this area have changed.
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•Date: 23rd December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

If you doubted that information security was a business continuity issue consider a four letter word: Sony
The Sony attack shows how important it is for business continuity managers to get involved in information security.
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•Date: 22nd December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

What can you do to make sure your organization is not the next Sony?
WatchGuard Technologies urges action, not panic.
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•Date: 22nd December 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Vast majority of multinationals lack total control of voice infrastructure despite huge cost of downtime
Survey looks at voice systems in European organizations; business continuity testing is a weak area.
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•Date: 22nd December 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

BCI Middle East Awards are now open for entries
The BCI Middle East Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of business continuity professionals and organizations living in or operating in the Middle East.
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•Date: 22nd December 2014 • Middle East •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

RIMS comments on failure of US Congress to reauthorize TRIA
Short-sighted Congress fails to protect US companies against terrorism says RIMS.
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•Date: 22nd December 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

2015 risk predictions
What emerging risks are likely to have an impact on organizations during 2015? Experts from The Institute of Risk Management give their views.
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•Date: 17th December 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

2015 cyber risk and data protection predictions
EY has outlined some of the key areas that cyber risks threaten to impact in the coming year.
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•Date: 17th December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• The future of business continuity
• Nasuni receives patent for instant data recovery and restore
• FERMA secures leadership succession
• 'Restructuring Risk - How to Manage Risks during Organisational Change'
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Shaping mobile security
Keith Bird shows how a new approach to mobile security can help organizations achieve the right balance of protection, mobility and productivity.
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•Date: 16th December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Which US cities will become increasingly susceptible to blackouts from hurricanes?
A Johns Hopkins University analysis has looked at how climate change will increase the risk of power outages for various major US metro areas.
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•Date: 16th December 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

New Certified Emergency and Disaster Professional (CEDP) credential launched by the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers
IBFCSM established the CEDP credential to meet the need for a practical credential for those working in the public, private, and governmental positions related to emergency, disaster, and contingency management.
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•Date: 16th December 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Critical gaps remain in Asia-Pacific tsunami early warning systems: United Nations
A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck, the Asia-Pacific region remains highly disaster prone and critical gaps remain in early warning systems, especially in reaching the most vulnerable people and remote communities, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) says.
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•Date: 16th December 2014 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

London Assembly reassured over Ebola contingency plans
Public Health England and the London Mayor’s Chief of Staff appeared before the GLA Oversight Committee recently to be questioned about pan-London resilience arrangements, in the event of an Ebola Virus incident in London.
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•Date: 16th December 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Security predictions for 2015
New challenges and risk mitigation drive changes to IT security.
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•Date: 12th December 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Corporate emergency communications best practices
A new survey shows that show that businesses that place a high priority on communications during an emergency have much better outcomes.
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•Date: 12th December 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis communications

Qatar Stock Exchange conducts a successful sector-wide business continuity test
The scenario involved a major disaster striking QSE premises and primary data centre/center during the pre-opening phase of the trading session.
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•Date: 12th December 2014 • Middle East •Type: Article • Topic: BC tests & exercises

Reliability, uptime and availability are driving demand for cloud adoption
According to the Cloud Infrastructure Services Survey.
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•Date: 12th December 2014 • US/UK •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

November’s major natural disasters roundup
Impact Forecasting has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which reviews the natural disasters that occurred worldwide during November 2014.
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•Date: 12th December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Will resilience replace risk and continuity?
Is the world of risk, continuity and crisis about to change as new concepts and approaches linked to resilience gain momentum or are we seeking solutions to the same old stories repacked through a different language?
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•Date: 10th December 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Organizational resilience: the Business Continuity Institute’s view
Patrick Alcantara explains why the BCI sees organizational resilience as an important framework that brings together various ‘protective disciplines’ and provides a strategic goal for organizations.
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•Date: 10th December 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

British companies at risk of becoming cyber-dominoes
This is the key finding from Radware’s ‘Global application and security report’.
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•Date: 10th December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Airmic: many boards fall short of latest risk guidance
Over half of UK boards don’t sign off their company’s enterprise risk management programmes.
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•Date: 10th December 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Badly managed access rights put critical data at risk
Employees with needlessly excessive data access privileges represent a growing risk for organizations due to both accidental and conscious exposure of sensitive or critical data.
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•Date: 10th December 2014 • Various •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• The 2014 US National Health Security Preparedness Index
• xMatters announces enhanced Intelligent Communications Solution
• BANG Annual Charity Auction
• RIMS ’15
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App risk management advice
Espion urges organizations to tackle the growing threat posed by apps in the workplace.
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•Date: 9th December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

The financial cost of IT failures and downtime to businesses is revealed
UK organizations spent an average of £410,000 per incident, dealing with IT failures over the past 12 months.
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•Date: 9th December 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority publishes risk management standard
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released the final version of its new risk management standard, and associated guidance.
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•Date: 9th December 2014 • Australia •Type: Article • Topic: Financial sector BC

The business continuity impacts of UK winter weather examined
Study finds that a third of UK businesses were affected by transport problems, power cuts or broadband and phone line failures caused by inclement weather over the last two years.
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•Date: 9th December 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Early data suggests potentially severe flu season in United States: CDC
Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe, with related human resource business continuity issues for organizations.
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•Date: 9th December 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Blind faith in security standards could create cyber vulnerabilities
Relying on standards and IT audits often leads to 'checklist syndrome', with the security strategy failing to address the wider business risks, even though the demands of the standard were met on paper, says Seth Berman.
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•Date: 4th December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

BCI USA Chapter schedules 2014 Annual General Meeting
AGM to be held electronically via webinar/WeBex on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm EST.
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•Date: 4th December 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Events

Revised version of PAS 96 introduces the Threat Assessment Critical Control Points risk management methodology to the food sector
BSI has announced the availability of a revised version of PAS 96, which helps companies safeguard food and drink against malicious tampering and food terrorism.
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•Date: 4th December 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

Maintaining ICT availability and resiliency in 2015 and beyond
In this article Patrick Hubbard highlights emerging areas where greater understanding is required to enable organizations to maintain current levels of ICT availability and resiliency.
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•Date: 3rd December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Worldwide cost of data loss and downtime passes the $1.7 trillion mark
According to a new EMC survey report.
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•Date: 3rd December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Deadline extended for DRI Awards of Excellence nominations
The deadline for the 2015 DRI Awards of Excellence has been extended to December 15th 2014.
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•Date: 3rd December 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

UK businesses ‘sleepwalking into reputational time bomb’: BSI
Lack of awareness on how to protect data assets is leaving businesses exposed.
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•Date: 2nd December 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

CPNI issues guidance on vehicle security barrier installation
‘Factors influencing concrete curing during vehicle security barrier installation.’
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•Date: 2nd December 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

FBI worst-case exercise tests response to chemical attack
FBI exercise showed how private industry has an important seat at the table.
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•Date: 2nd December 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Iron Mountain and Seagate in DR partnership
• Disaster Management 2015
• The Top 10 Most Common Mistakes During a Crisis
• Five lessons from the World’s first chief resilience officer summit
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Seven crisis management tips
Charlie Maclean-Bristol discusses the main lessons learned from three strategic level exercises he conducted recently.
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•Date: 1st December 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis management

Four questions to consider when building a security platform
Useful advice from Steve Salinas.
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•Date: 1st December 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Crisis Management Survey 2014 results
Steelhenge Consulting has published the results of its Crisis Management Survey 2014: ‘Preparing for Crisis, Safeguarding Your Future’.
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•Date: 26th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis management & communications

SolarWinds survey points to a false sense of security in UK organizations
A lack of widespread adherence to best practices, combined with the number of organizations that have suffered a significant cyber attack, potentially indicates a false sense of security.
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•Date: 26th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

SaaS deployments are now mission critical
According to a Gartner survey.
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•Date: 26th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Phoenix IT Group publishes interim results
• Hosted Network launches Desktop DR
• Plague outbreak in Madagascar
• Poor information security the single biggest reason for monetary penalties
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BSI announces that BS 65000, the new organizational resilience standard, is now available
New standard provides an overview of organizational resilience, describing the foundations required and explaining how to build resilience.
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•Date: 25th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Standards

You can't always stop a breach: but you should always be able to spot one
December 15th is the anniversary that Target's infamous security breach was discovered; but has anything really changed in the year that has gone by? Retailer after retailer is still falling foul of the same form of malware attack. So just what is going wrong?
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•Date: 25th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Integrated business continuity and disaster recovery planning: towards organizational resilience
A paper published in the European Journal of Operational Research proposes a new conceptual framework for integrated business continuity and disaster recovery planning.
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•Date: 25th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Plan B survey looks at IT disaster recovery trends
Despite over half of companies wanting to retain control of their IT disaster recovery inhouse, a lack of frequent testing is putting these businesses more at risk of IT downtime than companies which outsource.
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•Date: 25th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

A fork in the road
Continuity Central's 2014 Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition is open to entries and to mark this we are publishing the winning entry from the 2013 competition. This was first published in the Q1 2013 issue of the Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal. The paper, entitled 'A fork in the road' was submitted by Ken Simpson.
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•Date: 21st November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank fined for IT resilience failures
Fines reflect the FCA’s commitment to ensuring that banks make the cultural shift away from business continuity to resilience.
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•Date: 20th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Financial sector BC

SEC adopts new technology infrastructure resiliency rules
The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted to adopt new rules designed to strengthen the technology infrastructure of the US securities markets.
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•Date: 20th November 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Financial sector BC

Houses of Parliament achieves business continuity management certification
As part of its commitment to ensure there is a robust business continuity management system in place, the UK Houses of Parliament has gained certification to ISO 22301, the international business continuity management system standard.
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•Date: 20th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

Business Continuity Institute publishes a ‘Working Paper’ about organizational resilience
Paper looks at: What does it mean to be resilient? What is organizational resilience?
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•Date: 20th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Backup to cloud is now available with iland Cloud Backup using Veeam Cloud Connect
• ADAM Continuity partners with Capital Continuity to offer Business Interruption Protection
• Symantec and HP sign disaster recovery as-a-service agreement
• BCI named Training Resource of the Year
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IBHS Business Continuity Planning Toolkit now available as an app
New mobile app will help businesses create a business continuity plan.
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•Date: 19th November 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC software

Security Executive Council survey looks at which business continuity standard is the most popular
A recent poll by the Security Executive Council set out to discover which business continuity standards are being used when organizations are developing their business continuity programs.
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•Date: 19th November 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

Despite the hype ‘encrypted’ does not equal ‘safe’
A Blue Coat survey reveals the security risks hiding in encrypted web traffic.
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•Date: 19th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Research report looks at cloud growth and risks
Gigaom Research and CipherCloud have announced the results of their new ‘Shadow IT: Data Protection and Cloud Security’ study.
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•Date: 18th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Disaster recovery as a service market report
Industry analysis, global trends and forecast 2014 – 2020.
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•Date: 18th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC markets & companies

Voting open for ACP National Board elections
From the nine candidates, ACP members are invited to cast a vote for four people.
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•Date: 18th November 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

CIR magazine’s Business Continuity Awards 2015 open for entries
The deadline is 12th February 2015.
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•Date: 18th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

OSHA issues guidance for retailers to help keep workers safe during major sales events
As the United States’ holiday season approaches, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is encouraging retail employers to implement safety measures to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday.
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•Date: 18th November 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Retail BC

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• New Climate Resilience Toolkit helps communities prepare for a changing world
• Dot Hill launches high capacity Ultra56 AssuredSAN hybrid storage array
• Ebola: response still needs scaling up says UN
• UK businesses not yet fully ready for move to the cloud
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Defending the firewall
Despite claims of its demise, the firewall is still the foundation stone of security deployments says Keith Bird.
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•Date: 14th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

What you need to know about ‘WinShock’
Yet again the information security world is buzzing with the news of another serious vulnerability, this time in all versions of Microsoft Windows.
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•Date: 13th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Global Social Media Security Council launched
Industry thought leaders join forces to help organizations better protect their corporate social infrastructure.
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•Date: 13th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Less than half of critical business data in UK organizations is secure: survey
Senior executives within UK businesses say that critical data is not being protected, a new report from NTT Com Security shows.
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•Date: 13th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

‘Business Continuity Management 101: Key Activities and Outcomes’ new Educational Video Series from Avalution
Avalution Consulting has announced the release of its Business Continuity Management (BCM) 101: Key Activities and Outcomes educational video series.
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•Date: 13th November 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Managing availability in an app-centric environment
Companies are increasingly seeing application availability as business critical but ensuring the consistent availability and top performance of applications is far from a simple task.
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•Date: 11th November 2014 • UK/Europe/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Internet of Things: key challenges
Several roadblocks remain to ensure high-level business continuity.
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•Date: 11th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Buildings need improved cyber security practices to safeguard against hackers
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a new guide, ‘Code of Practice: Cyber Security in the Built Environment’.
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•Date: 11th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC facilities & buildings

Shortlist published for 3rd IRM Global Risk Awards
The Institute of Risk Management’s Global Risk Awards will be presented on 19th February 2015 at the Park Lane Hilton hotel in London.
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•Date: 11th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• 7th Annual BCP & IT DR Conference
• Onyx Group celebrates 20th birthday
• Vision Solutions makes two major product updates
• Enterprises planning widespread deployment of multi-cloud IT architectures in 2015
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Report looks into emergency communications trends
The Business Continuity Institute has published the results of a research project into emergency communications.
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•Date: 10th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis communications

APEC countries to work together on value chain resilience and business continuity
Agreement made at the 26th APEC Meeting.
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•Date: 10th November 2014 • Various •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

University of Maryland experts discover lapses in Heartbleed bug fix
A detailed analysis by cybersecurity experts from the University of Maryland found that website administrators tasked with patching security holes exploited by the Heartbleed bug may not have done enough.
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•Date: 10th November 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

FFIEC releases cybersecurity assessment observations
Assessment evaluated institutions’ preparedness to mitigate cybersecurity risks.
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•Date: 10th November 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

October’s major natural disasters roundup
Cyclone Hudhud was the month’s most destructive event.
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•Date: 10th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

The Business Continuity Institute presents its Global Awards
At a Gala Dinner at the Science Museum in London on the 5th November, the Business Continuity Institute hosted its Global Awards ceremony.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

PAS 7000 now available
PAS 7000 ‘Supply Chain Risk Management- Supplier prequalification’ helps answer three key questions relating to any organization’s supply chain partners.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

Making the case for business resilience
Building business resilience, which gives organizations the ability to ‘bounce back' from challenges, has become essential to minimising risk and creating success.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • Africa/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

BCI publishes the results of its annual Supply Chain Resilience Survey
Since 2009, the Business Continuity Institute has conducted an annual survey into Supply Chain Resilience. A report is now available which contains the results of the 2014 survey.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Australian National Audit Office report looks at business continuity management in various government agencies
ANAO (the Australian National Audit Office) has published a report into business continuity management practices in three government agencies: the Civil Aviation Safety Authority; Department of Finance; and the Department of Social Services.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • Australia •Type: Article • Topic: Public sector BC

IDCE announces call for nominations for National Resilience Leadership Award
Deadline for nominations is December 5, 2014.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency management

National Audit Office issues report into strategic flood risk management in England
The Environment Agency has improved the cost effectiveness and prioritization of its flood risk spending but current spending is insufficient to meet many flood defence maintenance needs.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

ACP announces candidates for National Board Elections
ACP members can vote for four candidates to lead the national organization. Voting takes place during the ten-day open voting period November 10-24, 2014.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• COSO online survey goes live for Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework update
• Paper the top threat to information security say two-thirds of UK firms
• MERS-CoV cluster in Saudi Arabia
• Stratus debuts fully-integrated disaster recovery addition to everRun Enterprise
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ISM: ‘detect and respond’ is no silver bullet
Solutions to complex problems often require organizational changes: yet this critical element is often either ignored or seems impossible to implement.
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•Date: 4th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

CompTIA's Fifth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study
Study finds that 48 percent of organizations surveyed are using the cloud for business continuity and disaster recovery.
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•Date: 4th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Security ‘misconceptions’ shattered as cloud adoption rises
As organizations gain experience in cloud usage, security worries about the cloud reduce: Databarracks’ fifth annual Data Health Check report.
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•Date: 4th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Should we be planning for an Ebola pandemic?
UPDATED WITH READER COMMENTS
Charlie Maclean-Bristol, FBCI, discusses whether the time has come for business continuity managers to make contingency plans for an Ebola pandemic.
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•Date: 4th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Backup is broken: and here’s the fix
Fast, secure and reliable backup is a business-critical function so why do many organizations struggle to get it right? Alistair Forbes looks at the issues.
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•Date: 3rd November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Is crisis a failure of governance?
Exploring the interrelationships, linkages and overlaps between governance, risk, continuity and crisis.
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•Date: 3rd November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis management

New white paper addresses how businesses can mitigate risk from power outages
Gibson, a regional insurance broker and risk management services firm, and Data Realty, a data center and data management firm, have released a jointly written white paper outlining best practices for preparing businesses for a power outage.
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•Date: 3rd November 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Sungard Availability Services to open new London workplace recovery centre
New facility expected to be operational in January 2015.
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•Date: 3rd November 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Recovery facilities

Many organizations are still unprepared for cyber attacks
Annual global EY survey finds that 37 percent of organizations have no real-time insight on cyber risks.
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•Date: 3rd November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Insights and lessons learned from the Canadian Parliament attack
• Biggest ever cyber security exercise in Europe takes place
• Derdack announces availability of its enterprise notification software in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace
• MEEZA unveils Middle East’s first LEED Platinum and Tier III certified data centre
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