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Survey results: Is business continuity management morphing into organizational resilience?
business continuity and 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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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.
Company reputations at risk as social media revolutionizes breaking news
Social media is changing journalism; Jonathan Hemus discusses what this means for business continuity managers.
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

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

Should we be planning for an Ebola pandemic?
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: 10th October 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Improving organizational resilience: the real justification for business continuity
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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
This issue includes:
• 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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United States reports its first Ebola case
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the first domestic case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been diagnosed.
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•Date: 30th September 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Top business continuity risks for retailers
ContinuitySA has identified seven generic risks which can have an impact on retail businesses.
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•Date: 30th September 2014 • Africa/World •Type: Article • Topic: Retail BC

All you need to know about the Bash vulnerability
Craig Young overviews the Bash / Shellshock vulnerability which was recently identified and looks at whether it really is worse than Heartbleed, as has been widely claimed.
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•Date: 30th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Large scale EU crisis management exercise starts
2nd Multi-Layer Crisis Management Exercise runs from 30th September to 23rd October 2014.
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•Date: 30th September 2014 • Europe •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Shortlist published for Australasian business continuity awards
The BCI’s Australasian Awards will be presented in Melbourne on October 17th 2014.
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•Date: 30th September 2014 • Australasia •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

New ISACA guide to IT-related risk scenarios
A guide and tool kit from ISACA provides 60 examples of IT-related risk scenarios covering 20 categories of risk that organizations can customize for their own use.
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•Date: 30th September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Bash vulnerability views
‘Bash’ or ‘Shellshock’, a major new security vulnerability that could have greater impacts than Heartbleed, has been uncovered. In this article Continuity Central summarises the views of a number of information security professionals concerning this vulnerability.
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•Date: 26th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

BCI World 2014 updates
The BCI World Conference and Exhibition is the Business Continuity Institute's annual global event. This year it takes place on the 5th and 6th November at Olympia, London. This page will provide updates about the event, enabling you to plan your visit in advance and making sure you don't miss out if you can't attend this year.
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•Date: 26th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Events

Interim survey results: Is business continuity management morphing into organizational resilience?
Respondents are divided on the issue.
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•Date: 26th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Trends that will reshape organizational security
A new SANS Institute paper looks at four key technology trends that will have the most impact on cybersecurity programs.
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•Date: 25th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Putting resilience at the heart of processors
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation have given research awards to 10 universities to develop secure, trustworthy, assured and resilient semiconductors and systems.
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•Date: 25th September 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

CDC develops a modeling tool for predicting the success of various Ebola response measures
The model indicates that if the international community takes the actions that are planned Ebola can be brought under control.
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•Date: 25th September 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Researchers make advances in solar flare forecasting
• $AUD 7 million to improve natural disaster resilience in South Australian
• StorageCraft to unveils its Recover-Ability solution at IP Expo
• Continuity SA introduces Business Continuity Management System foundation course
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Workplace flexibility is key to disaster response
Although it is good practice for organizations to have a business continuity plan, workplace flexibility is what really counts in a disaster: Victoria University of Wellington research.
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•Date: 24th September 2014 • New Zealand / World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Cloud Usage: Risks and Opportunities
A survey report by the Cloud Security Alliance finds that many organizations do now know how many cloud apps exist in their business environment.
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•Date: 24th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

The winners of the Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge announced
Software developers from around the world have been recognized at the UN Climate Summit for their ingenuity in devising life-saving apps for use in reducing the impact of extreme weather events on cities and coastal communities.
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•Date: 24th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

UK small businesses are failing when it comes to business continuity
Databarracks research finds that only 30 percent of small organizations had a business continuity plan in place, compared with 54 percent of medium and 73 percent of large businesses.
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•Date: 23rd September 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

IBM takes cloud-based business continuity services to a new level
IBM has announced the opening of its new Cloud Resiliency Center in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina.
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•Date: 23rd September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Ebola emergency response: United Nations takes unprecedented step
The United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council have approved resolutions creating the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to contain the ongoing outbreak in West Africa.
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•Date: 23rd September 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Strong growth seen in the worldwide purpose-built backup appliance market
• NCCoE seeks comments on mobile device security building block
• Caringo awarded patent for erasure coding, replication in storage clusters
• Penta completes ultra-high availability business continuity infrastructure
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Civil unrest: important lessons for protecting lives and businesses
Actions that property owning organizations can take to better protect facilities, tenants and employees from civil unrest.
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•Date: 19th September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC: facilities & buildings

Before you store your data: think about how to get it back
Christian Toon makes the case for a blended approach to backup and storage plans.
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•Date: 19th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

The Business Continuity Institute to focus on resilience
After many years with the aim of ‘promoting the art and science of business continuity’ around the world, the BCI has now stated that its purpose is ‘to promote a more resilient world.’
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•Date: 18th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Which emerging technologies do business continuity managers need to be monitoring?
KPMG identifies a trio of disruptive technologies that will have a huge impact by 2017.
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•Date: 18th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

US HUD launches $1 billion disaster resilience competition
The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events.
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•Date: 18th September 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Salaries for women in resilience roles defy UK national averages
Salaries for women in resilience and governance roles buck the trend of women being paid less.
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•Date: 17th September 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

ENISA report looks into causes of large outages of electronic communications services
System failures are the main cause of downtime.
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•Date: 17th September 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

New report provides guidance on protecting data centers from fires
High air flows dilute smoke, making fire detection in data centers challenging.
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•Date: 17th September 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Data centers / centres

First meeting of Technical Mapping Advisory Council scheduled
The TMAC is tasked with developing recommendations for FEMA’s flood mapping program.
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•Date: 17th September 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Awareness of information security threats growing; but organizations struggle to manage the risks
According to Protiviti's 2014 IT Security and Privacy Survey.
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•Date: 16th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ebola crisis
The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on 18th September to discuss the West Africa Ebola outbreak.
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•Date: 16th September 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Cloud Industry Forum research shows that cloud fears are over stated
User experiences show that the cloud is more secure than it is often perceived to be.
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•Date: 16th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Australian terrorism alert level raised from Medium to High
Owners and operators of critical infrastructure and places of mass gathering are encouraged to review their security plans.
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•Date: 16th September 2014 • Australia •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• RMIA conference looks at organizational resilience
• Context hacks into Canon IoT Printer to run Doom
• A billion devices face BYOD security threat by 2017
• Gartner assesses Internet of Things security growth
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Improving organizational resilience: the real justification for business continuity
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: 11th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Quick survey: is business continuity management morphing into organizational resilience?
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•Date: 11th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Internet of Things security must be fixed for the long term: Beecham report
The potential damage to businesses and national critical infrastructure from a successful attack on cyber-physical systems through the rapidly emerging Internet of Things (IoT), cannot be underestimated, according to a new study by Beecham Research.
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•Date: 11th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Increasing complexity of cyber attacks leaves many organizations exposed
Lieberman Software survey reveals that advanced cyber attacks are so sophisticated that conventional security tools are unable to cope.
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•Date: 11th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
• What you should know about BC software
• CloudSigma and CloudLeap partner to provide live cloud migrations and improved disaster recovery
• DRJ Spring World 2015
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Five ways to boost the impact of your business continuity presentations
Need to update your executive committee about BCM? Are you comfortable that you know what to do and how to effectively articulate the value of BCM to the organization? Chris MacArthur offers some helpful advice.
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•Date: 10th September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

SANS updates information security policy templates library
The SANS Institute has released 27 completely refreshed information security policy templates that corporations and government agencies can use to ensure their security policies are practical, up-to-date and reflect real-world experience.
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•Date: 10th September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Institute of Internal Auditors publishes guide to business continuity management
New practice guide shows how internal audit can provide significant assistance in business continuity management.
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•Date: 9th September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

August's natural disasters roundup
Earthquakes were the cause of the month’s most costly disasters.
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•Date: 9th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• COBIT online launched
• MKBRF presents ‘Exercise Winchester’
• Instant pay-as-you-go data backup service launched
• BANG London September Event
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BATS Global Markets runs another successful business continuity test
Company headquarters taken completely offline for test.
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•Date: 8th September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC testing & exercising

Small Island Developing States agree disaster risk support measures
Agreements around disaster risk prevention, management and support are included in the outcomes of the recent United Nations’ four-day International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa.
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•Date: 8th September 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Plan-Do-Check-Act: what’s it all about?
Hilary Estall looks at the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model found in management system standards, such as ISO 22301. What does the PDCA model add for those involved in implementing a business continuity management system?
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•Date: 4th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Business continuity standards

Expanding into Africa? Consider these operational risks…
Expanding into new markets is intrinsically a risky business and so has to form part of the business continuity management cycle.
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•Date: 4th September 2014 • Africa//World •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk

DHS announces expansion of the Securing the Cities program
The Securing the Cities program seeks to lessen the threat posed by dangerous radiological or nuclear materials against major metropolitan areas in the United States.
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•Date: 4th September 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

Airmic to work with Reputation Institute to ‘tackle the complex subject of reputational risk’
The two organizations aim to develop a framework setting out an agreed definition of reputational risk and an understanding of its drivers and what can be done to mitigate and insure against it.
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•Date: 4th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Advanced 365 partners with Plan B to offer SMEs ‘super-fast disaster recovery service’
• 2014 RIMS Canada Conference
• Government of Canada releases 2014 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada
• The International Disaster Conference & Expo
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Researchers look into improving the availability of complex systems by better understanding inter-dependencies
A new study relies on a complex systems modelling approach to analyse inter-dependent networks and improve their reliability in the event of failure.
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•Date: 2nd September 2014 • Europe/World •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Deadline extended for Australasian business continuity awards
The deadline for entries for the 2014 BCI Australasian Awards is now 8th September 2014.
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•Date: 2nd September 2014 • Australasia •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

US and Australian governments respond to change in UK terrorism threat level
Following the decision last week by the UK government to increase the threat level from international terrorism from substantial to severe, the US and Australian governments have responded with statements.
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•Date: 2nd September 2014 • US/Australia •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

WHO identifies six countries at high risk for spread of Ebola
Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and Senegal identified as being at risk for the spread of the Ebola virus disease.
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•Date: 2nd September 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Reputational risk and crisis management for business leaders
A new series of breakfast briefing being run by Phoenix aim to provide assistance for business leaders on the issues of reputational risk and crisis management.
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•Date: 2nd September 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Events

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