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BUSINESS CONTINUITY NEWS AND FEATURES

A fork in the road
business continuity and organizational resilience 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. >> Read more
The 2014 Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition
Continuity Central is inviting entries for a competition which seeks to discover the best new business continuity articles and papers. A £500 or $800 prize will be presented to the winner.
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.
Quality control and measurement of business continuity management systems
business continuity and organizational resilience In 2013 Continuity Central conducted a survey to explore quality control methods that are being used within business continuity management systems. This survey is now being repeated to see how the trends in this area may have changed.

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>> Read the interim results

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

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

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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The Nine Circles of Planning Hell…
In a tongue in cheek article, Geary Sikich looks at the journey that business continuity planners take through the Nine Circles of Planning Hell and the lessons that can be learned on the way.
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•Date: 30th October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Have we learnt from our Heartbleed mistakes?
David Sandin looks at whether we have heeded the lessons of Heartbleed bug, the implications of Shellshock and the future security of open-source coding.
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•Date: 30th October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Hurricane Sandy remembered
As we pass the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Paul Kirvan FBCI reflects on his experience of the storm.
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•Date: 30th October 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Disaster recovery

The top 10 cloud myths
Cloud computing is uniquely susceptible to the perils of myths due to the nature, confusion and hype surrounding it, according to Gartner, Inc.
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•Date: 30th October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Culture must be considered in approaches to disaster risk reduction
The 2014 World Disasters Report has been published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
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•Date: 30th October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Disaster recovery

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Ebola risk and preparedness webinar
• Everbridge completes Vocal rebranding
• Sungard AS launches new Managed Security Information and Event Management Service
• Databarracks introduces free Disaster Recovery Toolkit
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NFPA announcements relating to NFPA 1600, 2016 Edition
The US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has made two announcements regarding the current revision process for the 2016 edition of its business continuity standard, NFPA 1600. 
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•Date: 28th October 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Standards

Don't treat climate change as a ‘Doomsday’ scenario: climate scientist tells risk managers
“The biggest risk in dealing with climate change is to treat it as Doomsday and think there is nothing we can do about it…”
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•Date: 28th October 2014 • Europe •Type: Article • Topic: ERM

Majority of IT security professionals are ‘naïve’ when it comes to perimeter security
Many organizations are completely ill-equipped to deal with today’s advanced attacks, according to a Lieberman Software survey.
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•Date: 28th October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

California’s Seismic Safety Commission holds earthquake preparedness hearings
California’s Seismic Safety Commission recently held two hearings to gather input from community leaders regarding earthquake preparedness and response.
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•Date: 28th October 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Majority of UK SMEs have no BI insurance
• Because-stuff-happens.com launches pip: pocket incident plan mobile app
• TierPoint to acquire Xand
• Akamai Q3 2014 State of the Internet Security Report
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COSO announces Enterprise Risk Management-Integrated Framework update project
The Board of The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) has announced a project to update the 2004 Enterprise Risk Management–Integrated Framework.
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•Date: 27th October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ERM

International SOS survey looks at organizational attitudes to Ebola
Majority of organizations more concerned with ‘flu than Ebola.
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•Date: 27th October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

SIFMA conducts financial industry business continuity test
As part of the ongoing financial industry backup site testing initiative that began in 2003, SIFMA has again led an industry-wide business continuity test.
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•Date: 27th October 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Financial sector BC

Managing Reputational Risk to Drive Strategic Performance
A new RIMS Report offers a step-by-step approach for successfully managing reputational risks.
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•Date: 27th October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ERM

The 2014 VM Backup Report
NAKIVO has released its 2014 VM Backup report, providing insight into the state of virtualization data protection globally.
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•Date: 27th October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Date set for launch of organizational resilience British Standard
The official launch of BS 65000 will be held on Thursday, 27th November.
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•Date: 23rd October 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

NIST engages expert team to help develop its new Disaster Resilience Framework for Communities
Recognized leaders in their fields, NIST’s new disaster resilience fellows have been chosen to complement the knowledge and skill sets of agency researchers.
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•Date: 23rd October 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

Shortlist published for the Business Continuity Institute Global Awards
The 2014 BCI Global business continuity Awards will be presented on 5th November at London’s Science Museum as part of BCI World.
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•Date: 23rd October 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Hybrid cloud is the future for most organizations
Survey finds that the majority of organizations are building a hybrid cloud for their data requirements.
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•Date: 23rd October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

US Army National Guard activates first cyber protection team
The Army National Guard's first cyber protection team received its new shoulder sleeve insignia during a ceremony conducted by US Army Cyber Command/Second Army.
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•Date: 23rd October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Companies with a higher Risk Maturity Rating and greater board oversight realize superior operational financial performance
According to an Aon/Wharton School report.
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•Date: 23rd October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ERM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Audit and Risk Committees: News from EU Legislation and Best Practices
• Capital Continuity expands into the US
• NYC OEM launches new mobile app
• Consolidated Ebola Virus Disease preparedness checklist
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Survey results: Is business continuity management morphing into organizational resilience?
Continuity Central recently conducted a quick survey into whether there is a change in business terminology taking place: from business continuity management to organizational resilience.
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•Date: 21st October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Two potentially devastating events for business continuity managers to ponder
The Ebola outbreak shows how esoteric threats shelved in the ‘it will never happen’ folder can erupt to cause major disruption. Two other such threats spring to mind and it may be a good time for a reminder of these...
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•Date: 21st October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

European organizations need to improve management of top risks: FERMA research
The Federation of European Risk Management Associations has published the key findings from its 2014 Risk Management Benchmarking Survey.
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•Date: 21st October 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: ERM

The Business Continuity Institute presents its Australasian Awards
The 2014 BCI Australasian Awards took place on Friday 17th October at an event in Melbourne.
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•Date: 21st October 2014 • Australasia •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Dubai Smart Government to develop a shared disaster recovery site for 28 Dubai government entities
Dubai Smart Government has announced a partnership with Etisalat to provide a unified shared disaster recovery site.
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•Date: 21st October 2014 • Middle East •Type: Article • Topic: Recovery facilities

Bank of England launches independent review into RTGS payment system disruption
The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has launched a ‘thorough, independent review’ of the causes of the recent disruption to RTGS, the Bank's system for settling high value payments.
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•Date: 21st October 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Financial sector BC

Company reputations at risk as social media revolutionizes breaking news
Following the release of Insignia Communications’s latest report ‘The effect of social media on breaking news’, managing director, Jonathan Hemus, discusses what the findings mean for business continuity managers.
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•Date: 17th October 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis communications

Pivotal trends for the future of crisis management thinking
Highlights from the Crisis Management Conference 2014.
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•Date: 17th October 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis management

India praised by UNISDR for Cyclone Hudhud disaster management
India has again emerged as a global example of 'early warning, early action' with the timely evacuation of up to 400,000 people ahead of Cyclone Hudhud says UNISDR.
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•Date: 17th October 2014 • Asia •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency management

CIOs, CISOs and CROs identify business continuity and disaster recovery as the top data security and governance priority
Axway and Ovum have published the results of a global study that examined data security, governance and integration challenges facing organizations.
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•Date: 15th October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Lack of IT policies on devices putting companies at risk
New research from Kroll Ontrack, reveals how companies that don’t regulate employee usage of business devices with effective IT policies are putting data security at risk.
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•Date: 15th October 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• 7th Annual BCP & IT DR India 2015
• Hurricane Gonzalo update
• Crisis Guardian launches customisable business continuity posters
• BNET introduces new small business enrolment Tier for its Corporate Emergency Access System
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Workplace WiFi is now business-critical say UK SMEs
75 percent of SMEs suggest a wireless network has become essential to the running of their business, rising to 84 percent of firms with more than 100 employees.
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•Date: 14th October 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Efficient data back-up ‘turns employees into sloppy savers’
A European study by information storage and management company Iron Mountain has discovered an unexpected downside to advanced data back-up and storage capability.
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•Date: 14th October 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

September’s major natural disasters roundup
Flooding was the theme of the month.
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•Date: 14th October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

US experts meet to discuss resilience best practices
With the two year anniversary of Sandy nearing, over 350 leading environmentalists, policy makers, scientists, and insurance industry experts gathered in Stamford, CT last week for the Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum to assess the lessons learned from the second costliest storm in US history and to examine best practices for mitigating and adapting to severe weather in the future.
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•Date: 14th October 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Improving organizational resilience: the real justification for business continuity
UPDATED WITH READER COMMENTS
Lyndon Bird says that there is a rapid change in business terminology taking place: from business continuity management to organizational resilience. In this article he explains why this is the case.
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•Date: 10th October 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Five myths about cloud HA and DR
Jerry Melnick debunks what he says are five cloud high availability and disaster recovery myths.
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•Date: 10th October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• UK Space Weather Forecasting Centre opened
• Cyberattack detection and response enhanced by Exabeam
• 4C Strategies supports UNDP
• Lessons in external dependency and supply chain risk management
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New report from the Institute of Risk Management looks at ‘Managing risk in complex 21st century organisations’
IRM urges companies to prioritise behavioural risk over ‘tick box compliance’.
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•Date: 9th October 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

NIST schedules disaster resilience workshop
3rd Disaster Resilience Workshop set for October 27th-28th, in Norman, Okla., US.
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•Date: 9th October 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Events

Ebola updates
WHO informal consultation on how science can inform our response to Ebola virus disease outbreak; Ebola virus claims first US victim; CDC director announces new Ebola protocols.
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•Date: 9th October 2014 • World/US •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Risk and the organizational mindset: why risk managers need to learn to think like a commodities trader
Risk controls need to become more proactive, says Geary Sikich.
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•Date: 8th October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Don’t wait to automate…
How security policy orchestration software can help reduce downtime in hybrid environments.
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•Date: 7th October 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Data centres / centers

Risk responsibility lies with the board: Financial Reporting Council
Airmic has welcomed revised guidance from the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) which makes clear that ultimate responsibility for risk management and internal control lies with the board.
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•Date: 7th October 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Webinar - Crisis management: how social media is changing the face of breaking news
• US Department of Homeland Security kicks off National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014
• Resilient Scotland 2014
• red24Global
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BCI North America business continuity Awards open for entries
Entries are now being accepted for the BCI North America Awards 2015, which will be presented at the DRJ Spring World conference in Orlando.
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•Date: 6th October 2014 • N.America •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Security concerns hold back the cloud recovery market
A new survey-based study conducted by IDG Research Services has looked at the cloud recovery market, amongst other areas.
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•Date: 6th October 2014 • N.America/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Auckland businesses impacted by wide-area power outage
A fire in a cable trench has caused long running power outages in many areas of Auckland, New Zealand.
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•Date: 6th October 2014 • New Zealand •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Why it is sometimes better to separate voice and data systems
Unified communications is an important trend but, when it comes to business continuity planning for critical communications systems, it may not be the best approach.
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•Date: 2nd October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Reducing the risk that your people pose to your organization
People and process are frequently disregarded when it comes to improving security posture, partly because the security risk they pose to an organization is difficult to measure and track.
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•Date: 2nd October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

NFPA to develop a community risk assessment and reduction standard
The US National Fire Protection Association Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for community risk assessments and reduction plans.
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•Date: 2nd October 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

Business continuity veteran launches new BCM consultancy
Easy BCM: doing exactly what it says on the tin.
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•Date: 2nd October 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC markets & companies

Research initiative to protect the UK's critical national infrastructure
New research co-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will focus on the cyber-security of the UK’s vital industrial control systems.
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•Date: 2nd October 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Designing resilient critical infrastructure
Ten new National Science Foundation projects will investigate how to keep complex, interdependent infrastructure available.
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•Date: 1st October 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Cybersecurity incidents more frequent and costly: but budgets decline
According to the Global State of Information Security Survey 2015.
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•Date: 1st October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
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• October is European Cyber Security Month
• ‘Ultimate’ disaster recovery application launched by Silverstring
• Omnilert extends emergency notification system to desktops
• QTS launches DRaaS solution
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