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BUSINESS CONTINUITY NEWS AND FEATURES

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2015:
how was it for you?
Business Continuity Awareness Week 2015 The results of a quick survey conducted by Continuity Central to find out what business continuity professionals feel about Business Continuity Awareness Week.

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Rethinking risk and uncertainty
Geary W. Sikich introduces ‘risk absorption capacity’, ‘risk saturation point’, ‘risk deflection’ and ‘risk explosion’ and explains their usefulness to risk managers.
Ten steps to a great business continuity exercise
James Stevenson, a highly experienced business continuity manager, shares his thoughts on planning and running successful exercises.
New report looks into ISO 22301 usage
Organizations with strong top management commitment to standardising business continuity practice are four times more likely to adopt ISO 22301 than those who do not.
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•Date: 25th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic:: BC standards

Protecting your business from a new reputational nightmare: damaging gTLDs
Brands and organizations face a new reputational challenge this June when new and potentially damaging generic top-level domains (gTLD) are launched on the open market.
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•Date: 25th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: Enterprise risk management

BCI North America Awards presented
The BCI’s annual North America Awards for outstanding contributions to the business continuity and resilience profession were presented on Tuesday 24th March at the DRJ Spring World Conference in Orlando.
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•Date: 25th March 2015 • US / Canada •Type: Article • Topic:: BC general

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Report finds DDoS attacks are more frequent and sophisticated in nature
• Webinar: Is Your Company's Supply Chain Solid Enough To Survive A Disaster?
• New steps to make the UK a world centre in cyber security insurance
• PreparedEx now offering fully scalable version of LaunchPAD
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Shortlist published for the CIR Business Continuity Awards 2015
This year’s CIR Magazine Business Continuity Awards will take place on 11th June 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
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•Date: 24th March 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic:: BC general

ASIC issues major cyber resilience report
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has published 'Cyber resilience: Health Check (REP 429)' to help its regulated population improve cyber resilience.
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•Date: 24th March 2015 • Australia •Type: Article • Topic:: ISM

Economic losses from disasters likely to remain at present levels for the foreseeable future
Preliminary results of a catastrophe modelling study presented at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction show little prospect of reducing economic losses from present levels of $240 billion per year.
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•Date: 24th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: DR general

UN member States adopt new international framework for disaster risk reduction
On 18th March 2015 representatives from 187 UN member States adopted the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda, a far reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction with seven targets and four priorities for action.
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•Date: 24th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: Emergency planning

NOAA outlines Spring flood risk threat to US states
Risk of moderate flooding for parts of central and eastern United States.
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•Date: 24th March 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic:: Emergency planning

How does database infrastructure impact both planned and unplanned downtime?
The 'State of Application Uptime in Database Environments' survey finds out.
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•Date: 20th March 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic:: ICT continuity

BCI publishes business continuity plan exercising guide
The Business Continuity Institute has published a new guide that will assist those who have responsibility for business continuity to manage their exercise programme.
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•Date: 20th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic:: BC testing & exercising

Six benefits of modernizing your backup infrastructure
If an organization’s backup system was designed before data volumes began to grow exponentially – or before IT infrastructures became highly virtualized – the company may find itself in a tight spot. Modernization is the key, and Logicalis US has identified six benefits CIOs can realize by updating their organization’s data storage and backup infrastructure.
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•Date: 20th March 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic:: ICT continuity

Survey highlights DDoS impacts
Revenue and reputation losses are the most damaging consequences of a DDoS attack.
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•Date: 20th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: ISM

The benefits that DRaaS brings to disaster recovery testing
Disaster recovery as a service offers many advantages for IT disaster recovery testing says Gabriel Gambill.
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•Date: 18th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC exercising & testing

Survey finds that good information security is a positive business benefit
Research shows that businesses investing in cyber security experience faster growth.
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•Date: 18th March 2015 • UK/Europe •Type: Article • Topic:: ISM

New disaster risk reduction partnership signed
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to establish a framework for a new partnership between the two organizations.
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•Date: 18th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: Emergency planning

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• NFPA Journal explores resilience
• LLR Partners invests in Agility Recovery
• Conferencia Iberoamericana de Continuidad del Negocio DRJ en Español 2015
• UK government publishes draft Riot Compensation Bill
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Butcher, baker, beer bottle maker: exercising with your supply chain
What are the advantages of running exercises with your critical suppliers? Harriet Wood provides a perspective from the brewing and pub industry.

Why testing and exercising are essential for an effective business continuity programme: BUT what exactly are you testing or exercising?
Lyndon Bird explains what the difference is between testing and exercising and offers some thoughts for improvements.
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•Date: 17th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC exercising & testing

BSI's top ten tips for business continuity planning
BSI, the business standards company, has published a list of tips to help those new to the business continuity profession.
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•Date: 17th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Phoenix statistics show that disaster recovery as a service helps improve IT DR testing rates
DRaaS makes it much easier for customers to conduct tests.
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•Date: 17th March 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic:: BC testing & excercising

Are UK business disruptions on the rise?
Sungard Availability Services has released its 2014 UK invocation figures, which show the highest number of incidents since 2009.
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•Date: 16th March 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic:: BC statistics

DRI 2015 Awards of Excellence winners
DRI International has published the list of winners of the 2015 DRI Awards of Excellence.
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•Date: 16th March 2015 • US / World •Type: Article • Topic:: BC general

Downtime costs under the spotlight
A new industry survey has found that of those who responded the largest group (37 percent) estimated that the cost-per-minute of downtime in their organization fell into the £10,000 - £20,000 bracket.
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•Date: 16th March 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic:: BC statistics

New business continuity workspace facility for New Jersey
Net Access to open new business continuity workspace facility offerings include private suites, and shared or dedicated workstations.
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•Date: 16th March 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic:: Recovery facilities

UN relief agencies ramp up support to cyclone-hit Vanuatu
Amid reports that Cyclone Pam has impacted at least half the population of Vanuatu, the country's President, attending a United Nations conference under way in Japan aiming to reduce disaster risk, appealed for international support in anticipation of large-scale needs.
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•Date: 16th March 2015 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article • Topic:: DR general

Report finds a significant increase in demand for business continuity solutions amongst small and medium sized businesses
Carbonite’s new ‘Business Continuity: A Growing Opportunity in a Digitalized World’ report claims that 67 percent of channel partners have seen an increase in demand for business continuity solutions.
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•Date: 12th March 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic:: BC markets & companies

Apple and Microsoft issue FREAK fixes
FREAK update amongst a number of critical updates; organizations using Windows, Office, Exchange and/or IE, will find themselves in a very busy patching month.
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•Date: 12th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Swine flu outbreak in India raises concern
• 2015 BCI Australasia Business Continuity and Resilience Summit
• NAKIVO releases Backup & Replication v5.5 with Instant Object Recovery for Microsoft Active Directory
• F-24 UK Alerting and Crisis Management Event 2015
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Third-party and vendor risk management in the finance sector
The results of a Risk Management Association and MetricStream survey on third-party and vendor risk management in financial institutions has been published.
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•Date: 10th March 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic:: Operational risk

New study reveals that the top business concerns about supply chain relationships are cyber attacks and data loss
BitSight Technologies has released the results of a commissioned study, conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of BitSight, which reveals third-party security as a top business concern for enterprises.
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•Date: 10th March 2015 • Various •Type: Article • Topic:: Operational risk

February’s major natural disasters roundup
Winter storms and flooding were the themes around the world in February.
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•Date: 10th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: DR general

Five threats associated with the withdrawal of support for Windows Server 2003
Insight UK has identified five key threats faced by organizations rushing to meet the Windows Server 2003 end of support date.
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•Date: 6th March 2015 • UK//World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Don’t panic! Six steps for surviving your first data breach
Getting breached doesn’t establish whether or not you have a decent security program in place: but how you respond to a security breach does.
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•Date: 6th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Why you should include geopolitical conflict risks in your business continuity plans
As conflict continues in Ukraine, and fears of an expansionist Russia throw a shadow of war over Europe, the Cambridge Risk Centre for Risk Studies has urged businesses to incorporate geopolitical conflict scenarios into their business continuity planning.
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•Date: 6th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: BC general

Bringing simulation gaming to business continuity
Game-on-360 is inviting business continuity professionals to the launch of a new business continuity gaming system on the 25th March 2015 in Edinburgh.
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•Date: 6th March 2015 • UK •Type: Article • Topic:: BC general

Social messaging and file-sharing content is left unmanaged in a third of firms: AIIM study
Lack of information governance for digital channels increases the risk of a data breach and reputational damage.
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•Date: 6th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Aon Political Risk Map 2015
• Cybersecurity spending up: BDO Survey
• DRI launches collegiate conference series
• iland expands DRaaS portfolio
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Top tips for improving your business continuity exercises
Could you get more out of your business continuity exercises? Do you have an inner concern that last year’s exercise programme didn’t demonstrate as much as you would have liked, or that there may be alternative ways of delivering the exercise that would be more cost effective and less effort?
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•Date: 4th March 2015 • UK//World •Type: Article • Topic: BC testing & exercising

Lyndon Bird to step down as technical director of the Business Continuity Institute
In nine years as technical director, Lyndon has ensured that the BCI continues to have an effective and consistent voice on all matters of business continuity management.
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•Date: 4th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic:: BC general

The 2015 Natural Hazards Risk Atlas
Verisk Maplecroft has published its 2015 Natural Hazards Risk Atlas, which ranks over 1300 cities in 198 countries on their exposure to natural hazards to help organizations identify and compare risks to populations, economies, business and supply chains.
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•Date: 4th March 2015 • Various •Type: Article • Topic:: Operational risk management

Security for Cloud Computing: 10 Steps to Ensure Success
The Cloud Standards Customer Council has released version two of its guide to cloud security.
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•Date: 4th March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: Cloud computing

Organizations still leaving security gaps unfilled
IT professionals believe their organizations aren't doing enough to protect critical data and systems, according to a survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services.
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•Date: 4th March 2015 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic:: Information security

Survey looks at solid state disk uptime
Whilst SSD usage is up, the technology is still a cause of downtime: one third of respondents to a Kroll Ontrack survey confirm they have experienced some sort of SSD technology malfunction.
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•Date: 3rd March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Marsh sets out a roadmap for modernising business interruption insurance
Risk management and risk transfer must work together to make organizations more resilient.
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•Date: 3rd March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Supply chain business continuity incidents explored
The top three industries for supply chain business continuity events for 2013 and 2014 were automotive, high-tech and life sciences.
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•Date: 3rd March 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: BC statistics

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Business Continuity Management with an Academic View
• New releases from SolarWinds for business-critical applications availability
• The BCI Middle East Conference
• New release of AvailabilityGuard software
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Can business continuity management effectively manage cultural diversity?
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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•Date: 27th February 2015 • Europe/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

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

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. In this article Charlie Maclean-Bristol offers some practical advice on the subject.
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•Date: 17th February 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC plan development

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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