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Post-crisis recovery: the least understood element of the business continuity lifecycle
Business Continuity Plans The post-crisis recovery phase is one of the least addressed in planning, training and simulations says Geary W. Sikich.

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Plans within business continuity
Michael Bratton explores different types of plans used within business continuity management systems, examines their purpose and provides guidance for improving their effectiveness.
DDoS: a seven-point action plan
No business continuity plan is complete without taking into account the risk represented by DDoS attacks. Rakesh Shah explains the measures that can be taken to mitigate the threat.
Five steps to assess vendor resiliency and protect business continuity
Advice from PwC US.
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•Date: 19th April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

New Ponemon study ‘finds massive overconfidence in enterprise security strength’
More than half of organizations filter out negative facts before communicating security risk to C-level executives.
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•Date: 19th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Political risk increasing across all BRICS countries
Aon Risk Solutions has published its latest Political Risk Map which identifies an increased risk rating for all five emerging market BRICS countries.
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•Date: 19th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

What do business continuity managers need to know about Heartbleed?
Andrew Waite gives an overview of the Heartbleed vulnerability.
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•Date: 10th April 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

New research questions the effectiveness of one of the key aspects of many influenza pandemic plans
The effectiveness of Tamiflu and Relenza anti-viral drugs has been questioned in a research report.
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•Date: 10th April 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

London’s flood risks reviewed
The London Assembly Environment Committee has published a summary of the flood risks facing the UK capital.
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•Date: 9th April 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Windows XP deadline: Microsoft’s statement
As well as ending general support of Windows XP, Microsoft is also ending support for Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and SharePoint 2003.
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•Date: 9th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

The BANG Awards nominees
The 6th Annual Bang Awards, the UK’s alternative business continuity awards, will be presented on 30th April in London.
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•Date: 9th April 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

CIR magazine publishes Business Continuity Awards shortlist
The 2014 CIR Business Continuity Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony will be held on 29th May 2014 at the Hilton on Park Lane, London.
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•Date: 9th April 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Warning issued over OpenSSL 'Heartbleed' vulnerability
• The BCI Middle East Conference and Exhibition 2014
• Plan B signs SaaS Security to distribute DRaaS across Scandinavia
• EU Gas Coordination Group and Roundtable on Security of Supply with Gas Industry
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Gartner publishes Magic Quadrant for US Emergency/Mass Notification Services
Gartner has issued a new Magic Quadrant document which focuses on enterprise-level US Emergency/Mass Notification Services offerings, and ranks 11 of the most competitive vendors.
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•Date: 8th April 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC markets & companies

UN agency launches study to assess status of cybersecurity worldwide
The Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) aims to drive efforts to integrate cybersecurity on a global scale.
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•Date: 8th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

DHS Secretary Johnson presents new Rick Rescorla resilience awards
The recipients are the New York Mets, Walgreens and Monsignor Brown.
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•Date: 8th April 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Regester Larkin acquires Steelhenge
Crisis, issues and reputation management consultancy, Regester Larkin (RL) has announced that it is to acquire crisis management and business continuity specialist Steelhenge Consulting.
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•Date: 8th April 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC markets & companies

Cost savings and disaster recovery driving cloud adoption
Europe less conservative than US for cloud adoption; only 11 percent see organizational resistance to cloud uptake in Europe compared with 53 percent in the US.
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•Date: 4th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

The Strohl name returns to the business continuity market
Strohl Systems was acquired by SunGard in 2008: now the Strohl name is back as FI Compliance Solutions changes its name to Strohl Risk Solutions.
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•Date: 4th April 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC markets & companies

Data security: risk and prevention for financial firms
Sentronex has put together an infographic highlighting the issues, concerns and preventative measures available to ensure big data remains an asset to a financial business.
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•Date: 2nd April 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

New ISACA guide shows how the updated COSO Framework relates to COBIT 5
A new guide released by ISACA shows how the latest versions of the COSO Internal Control - Integrated Framework and COBIT relate and helps professionals who use both frameworks to create business value for enterprises in all industries and geographies.
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•Date: 2nd April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• MIR3 and Fusion Risk Management partner
• China, Korea and Japan collaborate on disaster data
• The Australasian Business Continuity Summit 2014
• Thailand launches inaugural event on disaster risk reduction
• The 2014 Internal Audit Capabilities and Needs Survey
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Sungard Availability Services goes it alone
Sungard Availability Services splits-off from SunGard Data Systems and is now an independent company.
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•Date: 1st April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC companies

NIST issues final Joplin Tornado report
Provides recommendations for improving resiliency of buildings.
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•Date: 1st April 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC buildings & facilities

Vauxhall Motors takes business continuity awareness raising to the supply chain
Vauxhall collaborates with the local police, council and Chamber of Commerce to raise awareness of business continuity.
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•Date: 1st April 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

2014 Global Threat Intelligence Report
New report focuses on five critical areas of security: threat avoidance, threat response, threat detection, investigative and response capabilities.
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•Date: 1st April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

As Ebola spreads to the nation’s capital, Médecins Sans Frontières warns about the 'unprecedented' nature of the Guinea outbreak
With eight confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the Guinea capital, Conakry, Médecins Sans Frontières says that the country is 'facing an unprecedented epidemic in terms of the distribution of cases.'
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•Date: 1st April 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• HHS releases security risk assessment tool to help providers with HIPAA compliance
• Stratus Technologies to be sold to private equity firm
• Sword Active Risk extends audit management capabilities with Active Risk Manager 7
• Lieberman Software survey reveals that ‘government snooping is stopping cloud migrations’
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BCI North America Awards presented
The 2014 BCI North America Awards took place on Sunday March 30th as part of the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Spring World 2014.
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•Date: 31st March 2014 • North America•Type: Article • Topic: BC general

New IPCC report sets out the risks and opportunities related to climate change
Adapting to a changing climate is a risk management challenge.
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•Date: 31st March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Many organizations facing cloud downtime challenges
‘2014 state of public cloud disaster recovery’ report looks at cloud availability and other issues.
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•Date: 31st March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

US port and military community template for national or large scale crisis discussed
The uninterrupted operation of America's 513 ports and 136 military installations is essential to America's economy and resiliency.
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•Date: 31st March 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Avalution extends Catalyst business continuity software with automatic business continuity metrics
Avalution Consulting has announced the release of a new feature, ‘Catalyst Insights’, for its Catalyst business continuity software suite.
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•Date: 31st March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC software

Leaving business continuity
Late in 2013 the head of BCM for one of Asia’s largest banks voluntarily transferred within his bank to a job entirely unrelated to BCM. Nathaniel Forbes interviewed him to discover why he made this move and to capture some of the lessons from a long business continuity career.
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•Date: 27th March 2014 • Asia / World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Memories of a business continuity pioneer
In March 2014 the business continuity profession lost one of its founding fathers, Ron Ginn, (Hon) FBCI. In this article Paul Kirvan compiles some thoughts and remembrances from several of Ron’s friends and colleagues.
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•Date: 27th March 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

What makes an effective emergency notification system?
Teon Rosandic, VP EMEA, xMatters, gives a vendor’s view of the developments which are improving the capabilities of emergency notification systems and why traditional one-way mass notification is on the way out.
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•Date: 27th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis communications

Has cyber security awareness improved among the largest UK businesses?
It isn't all doom and gloom when it comes to cyber security, says Tom Neaves.
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•Date: 27th March 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

The top six ways to encrypt sensitive data on AWS
SafeNet identifies best practices for protecting sensitive data in the cloud.
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•Date: 27th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• New NIST roadmap outlines research path to reduce storm impacts
• VIMS model now capable of street-level storm-tide predictions
• WHO provides a sitrep on Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in Guinea
• Vision Solutions introduces Double-Take for AIX 4.1
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APEC highlights activities to help small and medium sized enterprises with business continuity planning
In its latest Bulletin, APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) has provided details of what it is doing to assist regional SMEs to develop business continuity plans.
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•Date: 25th March 2014 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Internet of Things will significantly alter supply chain risk dynamics
Gartner says a thirty-fold increase in Internet-connected physical devices by 2020 will change how the supply chain operates.
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•Date: 25th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk management

Shortlist for the 2014 DRI International Awards of Excellence published
The awards will be presented at the DRI2014 Certified Professionals Conference being held in Atlanta on May 20th, at the Gala Dinner at the Hyatt Regency.
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•Date: 25th March 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

London Resilience Partnership rebrands
The London Resilience Partnership has introducing a new look, which is part of a wider rebranding across the Greater London Authority.
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•Date: 25th March 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Five reasons why risk managers should be social
James Leavesley, outlines why risk managers need to be up to speed with the social media revolution.
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•Date: 24th March 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Many UK SMEs are ‘unaware of insurance perks that come with a business continuity plan’
54 percent of respondents to a recent survey were unaware that there may be insurance benefits in having a business continuity plan.
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•Date: 21st March 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC: SMEs

Survey finds crisis management failings in US public agencies
Despite being a management priority, lack of investment in crisis management technology has been uncovered by a survey of US Public Agencies.
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•Date: 21st March 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis management

BCI launches new senior membership grade
New AFBCI grade is for people who have reached a senior level in the business continuity profession but have concentrated more on developing their practical working experience rather than specifically contributing to the development of the Institute or the discipline.
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•Date: 21st March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

83 percent of businesses are not fully prepared for an online security incident: Economist Intelligence Unit
Despite 77 percent of companies suffering an incident in the past two years, over a third of firms (38 percent) still have no incident response plan in place should an incident occur.
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•Date: 19th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Next generation industrial control systems create ‘open invitation’ for hackers
According to a Marsh Risk Management Research paper.
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•Date: 19th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

New CloudEndure solution ‘eliminates downtime in the cloud’
Disaster recovery solution replicates cloud-based applications continuously and in real-time.
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•Date: 19th March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• DHS announces grant guidance for fiscal year 2014 Preparedness Grants
• Asia Pacific nations take part in Mentawai Megathrust 2014 exercise
• Sentronex partners with UK iWASP network
• Counter Terror Expo 2014
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Counting the costs, and benefits, for business continuity: a critical perspective
An article by Matthias Rosenberg for the BCAW 2014 Flashblog.
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•Date: 18th March 2014 • Europe/World •Type: Article • Topic: BCAW 2014

Counting the costs, and benefits, for business continuity: a standards auditor’s perspective
An article by Jayne Howe for the BCAW 2014 Flashblog.
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•Date: 18th March 2014 • N.America/World •Type: Article • Topic: BCAW 2014

Counting the cost: a meta-analysis of the cost of ineffective business continuity
As part of its Business Continuity Awareness Week activities, the Business Continuity Institute has published a report to highlight the cost of common threats to organizations.
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•Date: 18th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BCAW 2014

BATS Global Markets successfully conducts full-scale business continuity test
On March 13th BATS Global Markets conducted a business continuity test of its US equities exchanges BZX and BYX, and BATS Options.
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•Date: 18th March 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC testing & exercising

How good are your business continuity plans?
Charlie Maclean-Bristol lists ten areas where many business continuity plans can be improved.
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•Date: 17th March 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC plan development

Less risk, more reward
Managing vulnerabilities in a business context.
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•Date: 17th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Everbridge acquires Vocal
Everbridge, the emergency notification solutions provider, has acquired Vocal, one of its UK-based competitors.
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•Date: 17th March 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC markets & companies

Risk planning lessons must be learned from UK flooding says Institute of Risk Management
The recent flooding episode has highlighted shortcomings in the UK government’s approach to risk events says Chairman of the Institute of Risk Management, Richard Anderson.
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•Date: 13th March 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic:Emergency planning

NIST launches effort to improve disaster resilience of communities
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology will host the first of six workshops devoted to developing a comprehensive, community-based disaster resilience framework.
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•Date: 13th March 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

How Twitter shapes public opinion
A new paper from the American Institute of Physics provides some useful background information for making social media-based crisis communications plans.
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•Date: 12th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis communication

Disaster Resilience Scorecard for cities launched
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is working with IBM and AECOM to measure cities’ resilience to disasters.
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•Date: 12th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Public sector BC

ISO 22301: business continuity management system audit results and what they tell us
Hilary Estall takes a look at how organizations are faring with their BCMS audits and what, if any, trends are appearing.
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•Date: 11th March 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

SWIFT launches new business continuity service
New Market Infrastructure Resiliency Service (MIRS) is a backup service for Real Time Gross Settlement systems.
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•Date: 11th March 2014 • World/UK •Type: Article • Topic: Financial sector BC

Business Continuity Awareness Week updates
New events and information have been added to Continuity Central’s BCAW update page.
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•Date: 11th March 2014 • Various •Type: Article • Topic: BCAW 2014

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• 2nd Annual Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness for Utilities Conference
• F-24 UK Customer Event 2014
• BANG London March event
• CAST introduces CIO Dashboard for IT application risk management
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Avaya survey looks at downtime costs
80 percent of companies experiencing downtime from core errors in 2013 lost revenue.
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•Date: 7th March 2014 • Various •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

When disaster strikes: safeguarding networks
New scientific papers explore strategies that can mitigate the impacts of disasters on networks.
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•Date: 7th March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

February major natural disasters roundup
Winter storms were the theme of the month.
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•Date: 7th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

A challenging exercise…
Why are people often reluctant to participate in business continuity exercises? Luke Bird gives his views.
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•Date: 6th March 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC testing & exercising

The BCI publishes results of annual Horizon Scan survey
ICT-related threats are continuing to provide the greatest concern for organizations.
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•Date: 5th March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Emergency generator tips
How to ensure that your power supply contingency plans work as planned.
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•Date: 5th March 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

FBI Director highlights cyber threat growth
FBI Director James Comey spoke to a group of cyber security industry professionals at the RSA Conference in San Francisco last week, highlighting the ‘dire’ nature of cyber threats.
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•Date: 5th March 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

DHS announces Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has unveiled the Department of Homeland Security’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request of $38.2 billion in net discretionary funding.
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•Date: 5th March 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Datto launches ‘Business Continuity Built From the Ground Up’
Claims to be the first channel vendor to build a hardware and cloud solution specifically for the business continuity market.
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•Date: 5th March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC markets & companies

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Send Word Now to provide emergency communication services to Canadian North Airlines
• Vocal introduces ‘Emergency Channel’
• Iron Mountain reports fourth quarter and full-year 2013 results
• Adam Continuity improves its cloud-based services
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Why you should ‘supersize’ your business impact analysis
It’s time to move beyond the conventional perception that the BIA is simply how you decide which processes are ‘critical’ and what the objectives are for recovery time and recovery point.
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•Date: 4th March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Proper information security only comes by being truthful
Too many organizations are unwilling to face the facts when it comes to their information security risks and protective status. To move forward an honest assessment is required…
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•Date: 4th March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Facing the BYOD challenge
Don Thomas Jacob provides BYOD risk management advice.
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•Date: 3rd March 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

DRI International to launch Glossary for Resiliency
New glossary of over 2,000 terms will be available from March 14th 2014.
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•Date: 3rd March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

BANG invites entries for the 6th Annual Alternative Awards
BANG’s alternative business continuity awards will be presented on 30th April in London.
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•Date: 3rd March 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

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