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Recertification of your business continuity management system
BCMS Recertification In the second article of a series discussing subject areas aimed at those managing a business continuity management system, Hilary Estall looks at what’s involved when a certified BCMS reaches its recertification point.

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Back to the future: the threat of more terrorist attacks against the UK
Peter Power looks at how the UK terrorism threat is changing and what business continuity managers can do to ensure their organization is prepared.

Organizational resilience: yet another buzz word?
Is organizational resilience just another buzz word being bandied around or is this the direction we should be focusing on to ensure we can continually drive our business forward and improve the way in which we operate?
WHO calls for a realistic assessment of Ebola business risks
Over-reaction is causing real difficulties in countries impacted by Ebola.
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•Date: 22nd August 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Islamic State is an ‘imminent threat to the safety of America and Europe’ says Chuck Hagel
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has highlighted the potential terrorism threat posed by the Islamic State group.
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•Date: 22nd August 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

BCI Africa Awards presented
The 2014 Business Continuity Institute Africa Awards took place on Tuesday 19th August at a ceremony in South Africa.
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•Date: 21st August 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Managing mobile device risks
Ian Kilpatrick looks at the risks involved with mobile devices and how to secure them.
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•Date: 20th August 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Microsoft Azure service availability sees an 800 percent increase in service interruption in Q2
Despite a reduction in the number of incidents, Microsoft Azure downtime increased exponentially in Q2 2014.
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•Date: 20th August 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Combatting Ebola through risk management: what your organization can do
Lockton report provides information to help protect companies' employees and operations from Ebola threats.
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•Date: 20th August 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• The BCI publishes its second Working Paper
• First direct to cloud SaaS-based server image backup with built-in WAN acceleration
• UN-backed disaster resilience campaign tops 2,000 participating cities
• Fujitsu offers three new Tier III data centers in North America
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Airlines warned to monitor Bárðarbunga volcanic activity
Airlines and the global supply chain were severely affected by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010 and business continuity managers in exposed organizations will be watching the Bárðarbunga volcano with concern.
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•Date: 19th August 2014 • Europe •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Disaster-prone APEC economies step up risk-reduction and business continuity promotion
The creation of a regional network of Crisis Management Centres and building global supply chain resilience will also be prioritised.
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•Date: 19th August 2014 • Asia Pacific•Type: Article • Topic: Disaster recovery

IFMA publishes business continuity and emergency preparedness guidance
The report considers results from the IFMA 2014 Business Continuity Survey and research forums on emergency preparedness and business continuity.
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•Date: 19th August 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC facilities & buildings

2014 BCI Asia Awards presented
The 2014 BCI Asia Awards took place on Thursday 14th August at the 12th Asia Business Continuity Conference in Singapore.
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•Date: 14th August 2014 • Asia •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Data restoration requirements surveyed
When it comes to data restoration, addressing deleted mailboxes or emails is the most common request of IT administrators, according to new survey data from Kroll Ontrack.
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•Date: 14th August 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Japan to assist with disaster risk reduction training in Latin America and the Caribbean
Information sharing agreement signed.
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•Date: 14th August 2014 • S.America •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Latest version of Quorum’s single-step disaster recovery solution offers ‘industry’s only true agentless protection’
Quorum has announced the general availability of Quorum onQ v3.8. This latest version ‘offers a long list of new features and enhancements - among them, the industry’s first truly agentless protection for application consistency’, says Quorum.
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•Date: 14th August 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Risky Business: The State of Mobile Security in the UK
New research shows that attitudes to mobile security are putting UK business data at risk.
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•Date: 14th August 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Phoenix IT Group issues Interim Management Statement
• CloneManager adds support for Microsoft Azure
• 2nd Annual Oil & Gas Business Continuity Resilience & Incident Management
• CPM Symposium
• Business Resilience Forum
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All countries with Ebola cases should declare a national emergency, says WHO
Meeting of the WHO International Health Regulations Emergency Committee sets out a list of steps that should be taken to gain control of the Ebola situation, which is now deemed a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
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•Date: 12th August 2014 • Africa/World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

New workarea recovery options for Wellington businesses
Plan B opens new data centre and standby office facility.
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•Date: 12th August 2014 • New Zealand •Type: Article • Topic: Recovery facilities

How quickly can organizations detect a data breach on critical systems?
Not as quickly as they think they can, says Tripwire.
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•Date: 12th August 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

July’s major natural disasters roundup
Rammasun becomes costliest weather event of 2014 after causing $6.5bn Asia loss.
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•Date: 12th August 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

NOAA updates Atlantic hurricane season outlook
There is an increased chance of a below-normal season.
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•Date: 12th August 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Ebola: actions that all business continuity managers can consider
Advice from Charlie Maclean-Bristol.
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•Date: 8th August 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Active risk management: defending against the cyber storm
How to put your organizations into a more confident, competitive position when it comes to information security threats.
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•Date: 8th August 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

The top ten business continuity and disaster recovery trends
Dr. Steven Goldman identifies ten business continuity and disaster recovery trends that are emerging, highlighting actions that business continuity managers can take in response to each item.
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•Date: 6th August 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Business continuity: general

Marsh issues Ebola planning advice for organizations
As the World Bank announces that it has created a US $200 million emergency fund to help contain the spread of Ebola infections, Marsh Risk Consulting has provided organizations with a check list of actions that can be taken to prevent and prepare for future possible Ebola related issues.
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•Date: 5th August 2014 • Africa/World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Start planning for BCAW 2015
The 2015 Business Continuity Awareness Week will take place from 16th to 20th March.
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•Date: 5th August 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Events

Resilience lessons from Christchurch
If you learn one thing from Christchurch and its Chief Resilience Officer, Mike Gillooly, it's this: Be ready.
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•Date: 5th August 2014 • New Zealand / World •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

The 2015 DRI Awards of Excellence are open for nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 DRI Awards of Excellence.
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•Date: 5th August 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

70 percent of Internet of Things devices vulnerable to attack: HP study
IoT devices averaged 25 vulnerabilities per product, indicating expanding attack surface.
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•Date: 5th August 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• xMatters’ offers new incident management capabilities with Communication Center
• OneAsia launches business continuity services in Hong Kong
• Rentsys Recovery Services completes Service Organization Controls 2 Report
• Kroll Ontrack announces data recovery capabilities for VMware Virtual SAN
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The six key stages of a phased business continuity planning process
According to Logicalis US.
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•Date: 1st August 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Rise in cloud app data sharing exposes enterprises to greater risk
Netskope report finds that, on average, 508 cloud apps are in use per enterprise, yet 88 percent are not enterprise-ready.
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•Date: 1st August 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Gartner publishes 2014 BCM and IT DRM Hype Cycle
Gartner has released the 2014 version of its regular ‘Hype Cycle for Business Continuity Management and IT Disaster Recovery Management’ report.
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•Date: 1st August 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Neverfail sold to Artisan Infrastructure
Artisan Infrastructure's founder and CEO becomes the CEO of the Neverfail Group.
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•Date: 1st August 2014 • US/UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC companies & markets

International tensions heighten cyber security risks: KPMG
Organizations might find themselves on the frontline of a cyberwar.
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•Date: 29th July 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Preparing for Scotland’s future challenges
Whatever the outcome of the Scottish referendum, there will be change in Scotland that will require organizations to reconsider their business continuity plans and strategies says the Business Continuity Institute.
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•Date: 29th July 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Risk management associations work together on standards effort
The International Federation of Risk and Insurance Management Associations has established a working group to define ‘the core knowledge and competencies that lie at the heart of risk management in whatever context it is practiced’.
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•Date: 29th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Ebola response steps up another level
WHO opens regional Ebola response centre; first case in Nigeria; Liberia imposes border controls.
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•Date: 29th July 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

DHS announces final Fiscal Year 2014 Preparedness Grant allocations
The US Department of Homeland Security’s Secretary Jeh Johnson has announced final allocations for seven FY 2014 DHS preparedness grant programs.
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•Date: 29th July 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Continuity Software launches new channel partner program
• NEDRIX Annual Conference
• Risk Leaders 2014: Practical Strategies for Risk at Board Level
• IDRC Davos 2014
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Fear of downtime resulting in poor password management
Security professionals don’t change passwords frequently enough out of fear that changing passwords could cause outages and downtime.
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•Date: 24th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Ten years after the 9/11 Commission Report the Bipartisan Policy Center publishes a new terrorism sitrep
‘Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report.’
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•Date: 24th July 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

Factor security into application release automation or face severe disruption cautions Tufin CTO
Reuven Harrison, CTO, Tufin, predicts major enterprise network disruption ahead, as businesses become increasingly run on software.
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•Date: 24th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Unitrends launches free online disaster recovery planning tool
Unitrends has announced BC/DR Link, a free online service tool that enables companies worldwide to ‘quickly and easily build a comprehensive disaster recovery plan’.
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•Date: 24th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC software

Calgary Emergency Management Agency launches business continuity handbook
CEMA, the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, has published business continuity guidance for organizations in its area.
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•Date: 24th July 2014 • Canada •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

How to bullet-proof your incident response plans
Ted Julian describes five steps that will help ensure that your incident response plans work when they are required.
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•Date: 23rd July 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Six ways that flash is changing the storage landscape
Key reasons why flash storage makes sense for fast access to mission-critical data in mainstream applications.
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•Date: 23rd July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Russia sanctions could spark a cyber-war
Western nations are at risk of cyber-warfare if Russia is pushed too far by sanctions, warns Professor Mike Jackson a computer security expert at Birmingham City University.
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•Date: 23rd July 2014 • Various •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

UK government transport resilience review published
The results of a government led enquiry into the resiliency of the UK’s critical transport infrastructure have been made available.
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•Date: 23rd July 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Akamai releases global DDoS attack report
• Cybersecurity a top priority for US governors
• How Do You Get Started on your Business Continuity Plan?
• Succession planning is really multi-generational business continuity planning
• NIST Disaster Resilience Workshop
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Beyond recovery: the broader benefits of business continuity management
BSI has published a new white paper which explains why the benefits of BCM ‘go far beyond helping organizations recover from unexpected disruptions’.
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•Date: 22nd July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

Employees are the most frequent point of failure when it comes to information security
‘Malicious’ and ‘ignorant’ employees are putting organizations at risk.
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•Date: 22nd July 2014 • US/UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Reaction to TRIA approval
RIMS has published its response to the US Senate’s passage of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act reauthorization bill.
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•Date: 22nd July 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

The dangers of using a content management system as a BCM solution
Factonomy’s Robin Craib gives his view on why business continuity management tools need to be built around a genuine relational database.
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•Date: 17th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Business continuity software

Resilience in the era of enterprise cloud computing
This paper addresses the resiliency challenges facing organizations by examining the elements essential to enabling an effective resiliency program in the era of enterprise cloud computing.
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•Date: 17th July 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

ASIS publishes supply chain risk management standard
The ‘Supply Chain Risk Management: A Compilation of Best Practices Standard’ will serve as a practitioner’s guide for the management of risks within the organization and its end-to-end supply chain.
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•Date: 17th July 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

Emulex study looks into network availability issues
70 percent of NetOps respondents indicated that they have had a critical network event that took at least one full business day to diagnose.
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•Date: 17th July 2014 • US/UK/Europe •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

ISO 22301 now included as a PS-Prep standard
FEMA has announced that the ISO 22301 business continuity standard has been accepted as a PS-Prep standard.
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•Date: 17th July 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

Information risk management lessons
Most companies are doing something to mitigate information risk, but few are doing enough says Christian Toon.
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•Date: 16th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

The 2014 Cyber Defence Maturity Report
Cyber security confidence undermined by contradicting investments as 39 percent of IT organizations experienced more than two significant security incidents in the past year.
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•Date: 16th July 2014 • US/Europe •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

2015 will see the emergence of digital risk and the digital risk officer: Gartner
By 2020, 60 percent of digital businesses will suffer major service failures due to the inability of the IT security team to manage digital risk in new technology and use cases.
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•Date: 15th July 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Microsoft acquires business continuity company
Microsoft buys InMage, an innovator in the emerging area of cloud-based business continuity.
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•Date: 15th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC companies & markets

BCI named ‘Most Respected Training Resource’ at the 2014 Business Excellence Awards
The Business Continuity Institute has been presented with a prestigious business award.
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•Date: 15th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC companies & markets

NIST announces competition for Community Resilience Center of Excellence
Deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Sept. 12, 2014.
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•Date: 15th July 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

FBI Director sets out critical infrastructure challenges
In a speech at the WMD Directorate/Interpol International Law Enforcement Critical Infrastructure Symposium, FBI Director James B. Comey has given his views on the critical infrastructure challenges facing the US.
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•Date: 15th July 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Unitrends ‘sets new standard for virtual backup and recovery’
• RIMS Executive Director named President of the International Federation of Risk & Insurance Management Associations
• Standards Australia hosts Cloud Computing Workshop
• ISACA global study: organizations not prepared for advanced cyberthreats
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Views on the business continuity software market
Following Continuity Central’s recent survey into business continuity software usage we asked some of the key suppliers of business continuity software to answer a standard set of questions about trends in the business continuity software market. UPDATED
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•Date: 10th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Business continuity software

Question everything: considerations to raise with your cloud service provider
What information do you need to obtain from your cloud provider when it comes to the protection of business-critical data?
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•Date: 10th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Protecting business-critical information in virtual environments
Advice from David Phillips.
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•Date: 10th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Manufacturers face threats from escalating risks to the UK's supply of essential materials
Warning issued by EEF, the manufacturers' organization.
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•Date: 10th July 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk

How to choose a contact centre recovery facility
Five points to consider when assessing a recovery site for your contact centre.
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•Date: 9th July 2014 • Africa/World •Type: Article • Topic: Recovery facilities

FERMA plan for European certification of risk managers gets the go-ahead
The general assembly of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations has agreed a framework and funding to create a European certification for risk managers.
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•Date: 9th July 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: ERM

Critical infrastructure in England is 'ill-prepared' for emerging climate related threats
According to a new report from the Government’s Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change.
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•Date: 9th July 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Point of sale systems are a weak link in the information security chain
A new survey by Vanson Bourne has found that POS systems are a problem area when it comes to cyber attacks.
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•Date: 9th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• New Swiss Re SONAR report investigates emerging risks for the insurance industry
• Unitrends delivers disaster recovery assurance
• RIMS Risk Forum
• London First hosts an inaugural conference - World Cities: Safe, Secure, Smart and Resilient
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ASOS disaster recovery response praised
ASOS fire demonstrates the need for effective disaster recovery planning says Crimson & Co.
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•Date: 8th July 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Business continuity one of the key drivers of growth in the Australian data centre market
Over three quarters of Australian organizations expect to increase spending on data centre facilities within the year.
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•Date: 8th July 2014 • Australia •Type: Article • Topic: Data centres / centers

June’s major natural disasters roundup
Convective weather impacts are the theme of the month.
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•Date: 8th July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

The Resilience Awards 2014
The UK Emergency Planning Society has announced that it is accepting entries for its annual Resilience Awards.
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•Date: 8th July 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Reaction against scaremongering may be resulting in boards not taking cyber risks seriously enough
According to The annual KPMG Business Instincts Survey.
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•Date: 4th July 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

West Africa Health Ministers agree on priority actions to end Ebola outbreak
The current situation poses a serious threat to all countries in the region.
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•Date: 4th July 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

DDoS attacks are becoming more effective at causing downtime
One-in-five organizations have had their systems taken down for an entire working day by a DDoS attack: BT survey.
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•Date: 2nd July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

WHO organizes high-level Ebola meeting
Following Médecins Sans Frontières’ claim that Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa is out of control, WHO has convened a high-level meeting for Ministers of Health in the region.
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•Date: 2nd July 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

NIST schedules New York area Disaster Resilience Workshop
July 30th workshop will begin with a session on resilience lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy.
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•Date: 2nd July 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

When business continuity programs get stuck…
Ross Ladley outlines common challenges that organizations face when implementing a business continuity program and offers some solutions.
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•Date: 1st July 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Business continuity and the UK Financial Conduct Authority: how reasonable is reasonable?
The word ‘reasonable’ can cause an unreasonable amount of debate! Unfortunately, it’s a word that insurers and their contact centres need to grapple with when planning business continuity.
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•Date: 1st July 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Financial sector BC

Achieving resilience to disasters: EU must do more
The Committee of the Regions has stated that the European Union must take far more concrete steps to build resilience against natural disasters, placing local and regional authorities at the centre of its plans.
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•Date: 1st July 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Cloud challenges explored
New independent analyst research commissioned by iland looks at the issues facing public cloud business use.
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•Date: 1st July 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

The Business Continuity Institute becomes part of a global resilience network
The Business Continuity Institute has signed up to become a part of the Future Cities and Community Resilience Network.
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•Date: 1st July 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Climate change ‘is the greatest threat to business for London’s SMEs’
At a recent meeting, the London Assembly’s Economy Committee heard that London’s businesses are failing to adequately invest in suitable climate change risk mitigation strategies.
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•Date: 27th June 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk

New EU guidelines aim to help businesses manage the availability of cloud services through SLAs
Cloud Service Level Agreement Standardisation Guidelines have been developed as part of the European Commission’s strategy to increase trust in cloud services.
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•Date: 27th June 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

How a West Coast ports strike will impact US supply chains
National Retail System has released the results of a survey into how a West Coast ports strike could impact logistics in the USA.
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•Date: 27th June 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk

Adapting to Climate Change using your Business Continuity Management System
BSI and Climate Ready have worked together on a new practical guide to help business continuity professionals understand and manage severe weather risks as part of their existing business continuity management system.
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•Date: 27th June 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Sungard Availability Services launches new emergency notification system offering
Assurance Notification Manager powered by Send Word Now.
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•Date: 27th June 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis communications

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Cervalis offers new work area recovery seats in Connecticut
• UN seeks nominations for risk reduction prize
• Continuity Insights New York Conference
• RIMS ERM Conference 2014
• BANG London July
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UK-based business continuity consultants earn more than double the amount their US counterparts receive
According to global survey by BC Management.
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•Date: 20th June 2014 • Various •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Study looks at enterprise risks in the luxury goods sector
Luxury goods companies believe that they face greater reputational risk than those in other industries, according to a report published by ACE Group in Europe.
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•Date: 20th June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Airmic hosts its first-ever ladies’ networking lunch
• Shortage of cybersecurity professionals poses risk to US national security
• New IAEM Certified Emergency Manager partnership program
• GI Partners completes acquisition of Peak 10
• Phoenix wins Global Award at Asigra Hybrid Partner Awards
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Lessons learned from Heartbleed
As the dust settles after the initial Heartbleed crisis response, what lessons are starting to emerge? By Russ Spitler.
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•Date: 19th June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Exploring cyber blackmail attack issues
Should companies pay cyber hijacking ransoms? 
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•Date: 19th June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

ASIS adds new standard to five part series of resilience standards
New standard entitled the ‘Auditing Management Systems: Risk, Resilience, Security, and Continuity - Guidance for Application.’
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•Date: 18th June 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC standards

Employee attitudes to wi-fi security put businesses at risk
UK employees are potentially putting their companies at risk of cyber-attack when using mobile devices for work purposes while on holiday or on a short break, new research has found.
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•Date: 18th June 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Internet Solutions acquires ContinuitySA
South Africa-based business continuity company gains new owners.
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•Date: 18th June 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: BC markets & companies

Cyber risk oversight guidance for corporate directors
A new resource from AIG, NACD, and ISA.
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•Date: 18th June 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• New report addresses CBRNE response
• Sungard Availability Services expands Recovery as a Service portfolio
• New cloud-based disaster recovery solution from Attix5
• Institute of Risk Management launches on-demand webinar service
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Boards failing to take ownership of cyber risks
Despite growing levels of awareness and understanding of cyber risk among large and medium-sized corporations across the UK and Ireland, board-level ownership of the issue remains comparatively low with many firms relying on their IT departments for the strategic direction of their cyber risk strategies.
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•Date: 17th June 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Hong Kong Monetary Authority and regional banks conduct a business continuity exercise
Exercise was organized by the HKMA and 55 banks took part.
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•Date: 17th June 2014 • Hong Kong •Type: Article • Topic: BC tests & exercises

NIST to establish a new disaster resilience Center of Excellence
Officials at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced plans to establish a new research Center of Excellence to work with academia and industry on disaster resilience.
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•Date: 17th June 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Severe weather is a major cause of downtime for US-based companies
Nearly half of businesses have closed temporarily due to weather-related problems in the past six months.
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•Date: 17th June 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

DRI International announces new Executive Director
DRI International has promoted Chloe Demrovsky to Executive Director, with overall responsibility for all operations and planning for the organization.
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•Date: 17th June 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC companies & markets

The realities of recovery time objectives
Is the aim of recovering to a minimum business continuity objective acceptable? Tim Dunger argues that it isn’t…
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•Date: 12th June 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Exploring the business continuity software market
In an interview with Continuity Central, ClearView Continuity’s chief executive, Charles Boffin, gives his take on how the business continuity software market is developing.
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•Date: 12th June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC software

New FM Global Resilience Index assesses countries for supply chain risk
Norway, Switzerland and Canada top the list of nations most resilient to supply chain disruption.
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•Date: 12th June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk

The 2014 Information Maturity Risk Index
Iron Mountain reports on information risk management practices.
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•Date: 12th June 2014 • N.America / UK / Europe •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

The top causes of data disasters…
Kroll Ontrack releases new statistics regarding data loss causes and the impact to businesses.
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•Date: 12th June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• New invention helps evacuate tall buildings
• Everbridge broadens cooperation with RSA
• Sungard AS UK Thought Leadership Forum
• Conferencia DRJ en Español 2014
• Power Grid Resilience
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Bank of England launches CBEST framework to test and improve financial sector cyber resilience
CBEST differs from other security testing because it uses real threat intelligence and focuses on the more sophisticated and persistent attacks on critical systems and essential services.
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•Date: 11th June 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

National Grid takes steps to protect UK power supplies during 2014 – 2019 supply dip
In its 2013 Electricity Capacity Assessment Report Ofgem identified significant risks to the UK power network during the winters of 2014-2015 through to 2018-2019. To address these risks, caused by a reduction in UK power generation capacity, National Grid has announced that it is to contract for new balancing services.
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•Date: 11th June 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

‘Using Social Media in Disaster Planning and Response’
How a New Jersey town utilized social media as a business continuity and disaster recovery tool.
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•Date: 10th June 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis communications

May’s major natural disasters roundup
Severe weather was the main cause of economic losses during May 2014.
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•Date: 10th June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Phoenix IT announces new three year strategy
Strategy announcement made alongside annual results report.
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•Date: 10th June 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC markets & companies

Five Lessons for businesses from the latest fraud statistics
Organizations worldwide lose 5 percent of revenues to internal theft; fraud risk needs to be directly managed.
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•Date: 10th June 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• UK financial services firms’ confidence in cybersecurity controls slightly better than that of UK retailers
• Continuity Centers receives the 'Managed Service Provider of the Year' from CA
• Webinar: Are you ready to lead your company through a crisis?
• London BANG June
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Pandemic planning and response guidance for the public transport sector
The US-based Transportation Research Board has issued a new report entitled ‘A Guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response.’
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•Date: 6th June 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic resources

The third annual Service Availability Benchmark Survey
Continuity Software has published the results of its latest Service Availability Benchmark Survey.
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•Date: 6th June 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

How to avoid big data security chaos
Gartner says big data needs a data-centric security focus.
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•Date: 6th June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Management 101
Avalution has developed a series of short educational videos to help answer some of the basic questions that people have about business continuity management.
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•Date: 6th June 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Hints and tips for ISO 22301 certification
Charlie Maclean-Bristol provides some practical advice for business continuity managers who are preparing for an ISO 22301 certification audit.
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•Date: 4th June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Business continuity standards

Fear of reputational damage driving data protection compliance
According to Ipswitch survey.
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•Date: 4th June 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Cyberspace in 2025
How is cyberspace likely to change over the coming decade and what things should business continuity managers be prepared for? Microsoft has released a new report that aims to provide some answers.
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•Date: 4th June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Managing the fraud risk
Fraud can be a real threat to business continuity, but there are clear measures that can be taken to reduce the risk. These are set out in an updated guidance document released by Alarm.
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•Date: 4th June 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Public sector BC

‘Community resistance’ hampering WHO Ebola response
Ebola cases in Sierra Leone increase; companies in the region consider contingency plans.
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•Date: 3rd June 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic resources

Responding to Global Risks: a practical guide for business leaders
The Institute of Directors has authored a guide to outline the practical lessons for organizations from the World Economic Forum Global Risk 2014 report.
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•Date: 3rd June 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

City resilience case studies
100ResilientCities.org has published details of how 32 cities around the world are tackling resilience challenges.
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•Date: 3rd June 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Public sector BC

An introduction to the Mission Risk Diagnostic for Incident Management Capabilities
The Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) CERT Division had published a technical note which describes the Mission Risk Diagnostic for Incident Management Capabilities ((MRD-IMC), a risk-based way to assess an organization's information security incident management function.
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•Date: 3rd June 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Witt O’Brien’s UK operations certified to ISO 22301
• Ribose becomes the world's first collaboration platform to achieve ISO 22301 certification
• The EPS Annual Conference, AGM And Awards Dinner 2014
• NIST seeks comments on major revision to industrial control systems security guide
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The Business Continuity Awards 2014 winners
CIR Magazine's annual Business Continuity Awards took place on 29th May at the Hilton Park Lane in London.
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•Date: 2nd June 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

2014 US State of Cybercrime Survey
Costs associated with cybercrime surge while organizations are still unprepared to battle threats; report finds eight key cybersecurity deficiencies and highlights what organizations can do to combat them.
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•Date: 2nd June 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

IT continuity in Japanese organizations surveyed
PwC Japan has published a detailed report following a survey of Japanese IT organizations.
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•Date: 29th May 2014 • Japan •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

European Commission proposes new energy security strategy
European Energy Security Strategy builds on the progress already achieved since the gas crisis in 2009.
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•Date: 29th May 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Breakthrough wearable device adds to crisis messaging armoury
New AtusSmartBadge helps gain users’ attention to important text messages and issues instant personal alarms.
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•Date: 29th May 2014 • Europe/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis communications

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• NFPA 1600 update
• European Commission identifies 20 critical raw materials for EU industries
• Phoenix makes senior business continuity appointment
• NIST seeks comments on major revision to industrial control systems security guide
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Crisis communications and the CEO
While a CEO shouldn’t hide, it may well be appropriate in the early stages of a crisis to field a more junior spokesperson.
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•Date: 28th May 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis communications

Go back to basics to avoid network outages
Many organizations fail to implement some simple processes that can help reduce the number and severity of network outages says Joel Dolisy.
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•Date: 28th May 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

New crisis management standard now available
BS 11200:2014 sets out good practice for the provision of an effective crisis management response.
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•Date: 27th May 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis management

A Taxonomy of Operational Cyber Security Risks
An updated version of the Software Engineering Institute’s 2010 report presents a taxonomy of operational cyber security risks and harmonizes it with other risk and security activities.
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•Date: 27th May 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

The winners of the DRI2014 Awards of Excellence
The 2014 DRI International Awards of Excellence were presented at the DRI2014 Certified Professionals Conference held in Atlanta on May 20th, at a Gala Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
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•Date: 27th May 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

NOAA issues hurricane season forecasts
Eastern Pacific and Central Pacific should see near-normal or above-normal hurricane seasons; near-normal or below-normal for Atlantic.
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•Date: 27th May 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Climate change related resilience planning has become crucial for all corporations
S&P 500 companies are seeing climate change related risks increase in urgency, likelihood and frequency: CDP report.
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•Date: 26th May 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

The BCI European Awards winners
The 2014 BCI European Awards took place on Wednesday 21st May at a Gala Dinner to coincide with the Business Continuity Institute’s Executive Forum in Amsterdam.
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•Date: 26th May 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Traditional approaches to cybersecurity ‘no longer work’
Board directors suffering from fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) fatigue…
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•Date: 26th May 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

How-to guide for cutting information risk
New guidance document developed by a group of records and information management professionals in the financial services industry and published by Iron Mountain.
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•Date: 26th May 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

SBA presents the 2014 Phoenix Awards
Awards highlight outstanding disaster recovery efforts.
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•Date: 26th May 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

The BCI India Awards
The 2014 BCI India Awards took place on Monday 19th May at a Gala Dinner to coincide with the second Business and IT Resilience Summit in Mumbai.
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•Date: 26th May 2014 • Asia •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Business Continuity Guide: Contingency Planning for Infectious Disease Pandemics
• More enterprises plan to strengthen access security with multi-factor authentication
• Adaptation & Change in a Business Continuity Programme
• 12th Asia Business Continuity Conference
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US retailers launch ‘Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center’
Through the R-CISC, retailers are sharing cyber threat information among themselves and, via analysts, with public and private stakeholders.
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•Date: 16th May 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

African natural disaster insurance pool launched
The first ever African catastrophe insurance pool has been launched by the African Risk Capacity (ARC), a specialised agency set-up by the African Union.
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•Date: 16th May 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Emerging threats: natural capital depletion will leave businesses dangerously exposed, warns new report
Many businesses and industries are reliant on scarce natural resources; they must adapt or face closure says a new report.
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•Date: 16th May 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk management

Taking control of your cloud
Organizations need to know where their cloud services are hosted for disaster recovery and data protection purposes.
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•Date: 15th May 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Is enough being done to keep UK critical infrastructure secure?
Duncan Fisken asks whether critical infrastructure interdependencies are being effectively addressed.
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•Date: 15th May 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

Back to basics…
Security breaches are on the rise. Yet as security experts face ever more complex and challenging threats, is there a risk some of the basic components of IT security are being overlooked?
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•Date: 15th May 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

NIST seeks comments on new guidance for creating trustworthy resilient systems
Comments deadline is July 11th, 2014.
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•Date: 15th May 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Concern about MERS-CoV has ‘significantly increased’: WHO IHR Emergency Committee
WHO statement after the Fifth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV.
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•Date: 15th May 2014 • M.East/World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• TelecityGroup France achieves ISO 22301
• $15 million for Australia bushfire preparedness
• SolarWinds enhances virtualization management capabilities for hybrid IT
• New management console for users of CBMR backup software
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Cyber security being superseded by ‘cyber resilience’
Traditional cyber security is now inadequate for today’s threat landscape and must be superseded by ‘cyber resilience’, demanding more vigorous action from company boardrooms.
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•Date: 14th May 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Complexity leading to downtime issues in UK organizations
Vanson Bourne survey finds that 48 percent of respondents experience availability and outage issues at least once a week.
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•Date: 14th May 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

New ‘Cloud Fabric’ infrastructure layer will add another option for business continuity strategies
Zerto has announced a strategy to create a new infrastructure layer called ‘Cloud Fabric’ which allows organizations to seamlessly move and protect virtualized workloads between public, private and hybrid clouds across leading hypervisors and cloud providers.
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•Date: 14th May 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

International SOS sees surge in MERS-CoV advice requests
International SOS clients are proactively reviewing their outbreak business continuity and pandemic plans.
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•Date: 14th May 2014 • Middle East / World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

‘Rogue employees’ are the biggest threat to information security
Confidence in information security risk management strategies is low, according to BSI poll.
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•Date: 14th May 2014 • UK / World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• SUSE brings high availability to private clouds
• Top IT data security threats
• Dimension Data rolls out Cloud Backup
• Will Brown joins PwC's Enterprise Resilience team
• Event: Adaptation & Change in a Business Continuity Programme
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Information risks to consider during mergers and acquisitions
Failed mergers and acquisitions can be a real business continuity threat; however better management of M&A information risks can reduce the possibility of things going wrong.
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•Date: 12th May 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

The shortlist for the BCI European Awards
The BCI European Awards Ceremony will take place at a Gala Dinner on the evening of the 21st May.
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•Date: 12th May 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Downtime and AWS
Which are the most and least stable regions for hosting cloud services with Amazon Web Services?
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•Date: 12th May 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Check Point 2014 Security Report identifies ‘exponential increase in new and unknown malware on enterprise networks’
Report based on monitored security events from over 10,000 organizations worldwide.
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•Date: 12th May 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

The winners of the BCI Middle East Awards
The 2014 BCI Middle East Awards were presented on 7th May as part of the integral BCI Middle East Conference in Dubai.
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•Date: 8th May 2014 • Middle East•Type: Article • Topic: BC general

The top ten risks to Australian and New Zealand businesses
Results of Aon’s 12th annual Australasian Risk Survey published.
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•Date: 8th May 2014 • Australasia •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Board and C-Level recognition of operational risk management rising within financial institutions
Need for greater alignment with strategy identified: KPMG and RMA survey.
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•Date: 8th May 2014 • North America •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk

April’s major natural disasters roundup
Convective weather was the cause of the greatest financial impacts in April.
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•Date: 8th May 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• EY hires ex-Bank of England Head of Operational Resilience, John Milne
• 25 percent of breaches go undetected for more than 24 hours
• Internet of Things security requirements will reshape and expand global enterprise IT security programs
• AvailabilityGuard v6.3 released
• Unitrends radically advances unified on-premise, second-site and cloud data protection and recovery
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‘Branch in a box’ helps retailer’s business continuity strategy
UK-based consultancy, Jermyn Consulting, has developed a bespoke business continuity system for a leading electrical distribution chain.
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•Date: 7th May 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Retail BC

US government reports on climate change risks
The Obama Administration has published the third US National Climate Assessment, providing the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever generated of climate change and its impacts across every region of America and major sectors of the US economy.
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•Date: 7th May 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Maplecroft releases its latest Conflict and Political Violence Index
Levels of conflict and political violence have risen in 48 countries over the last six months.
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•Date: 7th May 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• The Non-Advanced Persistent Threat
• World Continuity Congress Malaysia
• FPL and Florida National Guard form first-of-a-kind partnership to enhance disaster response capabilities
• Peak 10 is the first in the Americas to achieve Cisco Powered DRaaS
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Linking ISM and BCM brings real business benefits: Ponemon survey
The involvement of business continuity management reduced the cost of a data breach by an average of almost $9 per record.
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•Date: 6th May 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

SIFMA announces dates for 2014 business continuity planning tests and exercises
SIFMA, the US Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, has scheduled a number of business continuity related tests and exercises in the second half of 2014.
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•Date: 6th May 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC testing & exercising

Shortlist released for BCI India Awards
The BCI India business continuity awards will be presented on the evening of the 19th May in Mumbai as part of the 2nd Business & IT Resilience Summit.
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•Date: 6th May 2014 • India •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

The Information Security Breaches Survey 2014
Cost of UK business cyber security breaches almost double.
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•Date: 6th May 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

The 2014 BANG Awards winners
The 6th Annual Bang Awards, the UK’s alternative business continuity awards, were presented on 30th April in London.
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•Date: 1st May 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Integrating cyber security and business continuity
Actions an organization can take to better align business continuity and cyber security efforts and increase organizational resilience.
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•Date: 30th April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

The 2014 Chubb Multinational Risk Survey
Only 56 percent of US and Canadian businesses surveyed have a business continuity plan that addresses overseas risks.
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•Date: 30th April 2014 • N.America •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

‘Lessons from Sandy: Federal Policies to Build Climate-Resilient Coastal Regions’
A report released by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy recommends a new federal framework for disaster recovery that will make US coastal regions more resilient in the decades ahead, saving billions in the process.
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•Date: 30th April 2014 •US •Type: Article • Topic: Disaster recovery

Transitioning To Enterprise Risk Management: new RIMS report
Report highlights steps for risk professionals to transition from traditional risk management programs to enterprise risk management.
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•Date: 30th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

Data breaches surge in 2014
200 million data records stolen in first three months of the year.
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•Date: 30th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Personnel security in offshore centres
New guidance from CPNI.
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•Date: 30th April 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Operational risk

New Internet Explorer vulnerability requires immediate action
Exploits of serious vulnerability likely to increase; IE users need to make settings changes or use an alternative browser.
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•Date: 30th April 2014 •World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Inquiry launched into Australia’s natural disaster funding arrangements
The Australian government has announced that the Productivity Commission will conduct an inquiry into natural disaster funding arrangements in the country.
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•Date: 30th April 2014 • Australia •Type: Article • Topic: Disaster recovery

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• The BCI launch new Working Paper Series
• NetJapan launches new business continuity solutions in Europe
• Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2014
• The Emergency Management and Crisis Response Summit
• Akamai advisory highlights security threat from Storm Network Stress Tester kit
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Don’t neglect post-crisis evaluation
Once an incident is over it’s tempting for all concerned to forget and move on; however it is essential that a post-crisis evaluation takes place.
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•Date: 29th April 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis management

Results of Continuity Insights and KPMG LLP Business Continuity Management Program Benchmarking Study published
Provides a comprehensive analysis of the current state of BCM programs and the drivers for further program development.
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•Date: 29th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

Shortlist issued for BCI Middle East Awards
The BCI Middle East Awards will be presented during the inaugural BCI Middle East Conference and Exhibition, which will take place from 7th-8th May in Dubai.
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•Date: 29th April 2014 • Middle East•Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Academic study shows direct relationship between mature enterprise risk management practices and value growth
The Journal of Risk and Insurance has released ‘The Valuation Implications of Enterprise Risk Management Maturity’ study, the first wholly independent research project that confirms the value connection of mature enterprise risk management practices in organizations.
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•Date: 25th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ERM

UK government issues cloud security guidance
Guidance aims to assist organizations consider the security features of cloud services they wish to use.
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•Date: 25th April 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• iland launches new IT disaster recovery planning and assessment service
• New Marsh survey report confirms need for TRIPRA reauthorization
• Everbridge partners with Witt O’Brien’s
• NAKIVO v4 offers Microsoft Exchange Objects recovery and backup verification
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What does it mean to be a crisis ready organization?
Crisis preparedness is about being ready for the worst at a strategic level. Andrew Griffin details six principles for ensuring that your organization is truly crisis ready.
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•Date: 23rd April 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis management

Reducing threats from within the organization
Despite the headlines that high profile external attacks engender, insider threats are more likely to have financial and business continuity impacts on organizations. Dr. Jim Kennedy explores this important but hard to manage threat.
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•Date: 23rd April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Scottish independence: what business continuity issues do Scottish companies need to consider?
Charlie Maclean-Bristol offers some advice.
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•Date: 23rd April 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Spring 2014 Cloud Security Report
Research finds that attacks on cloud environments are increasing.
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•Date: 23rd April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

The United States gets ready for the first PrepareAthon!
On April 30th 2014 FEMA is inviting businesses, communities and individuals to take part in its first PrepareAthon!
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•Date: 23rd April 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery progress report published
The de Blasio administration has released a comprehensive diagnostic report on New York’s response to Hurricane Sandy.
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•Date: 22nd April 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Disaster recovery

Phoenix to open new Technology Innovation Centre
On May 14th Phoenix will open a new ‘Technology Innovation Centre’ at its West Midlands Business Continuity Centre site in Birmingham, UK.
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•Date: 22nd April 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

Companies warned not to let Heartbleed affect HR and payroll
Some SaaS HR systems vulnerable.
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•Date: 22nd April 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

Call for nominations for the 2014 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience
All nominations must be submitted by July 17th in order to be considered for this year’s award.
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•Date: 22nd April 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

March major natural disasters roundup
Global economy endures near $20bn loss from Q1 natural hazards.
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•Date: 22nd April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Business Continuity Briefs
This issue includes:
• Sungard Availability Services appoints Josh Crowe as CTO
• BNET to expand CEAS program in the NY-NJ-CT-PA region
• Jermyn Consulting achieves ISO 22301
• Fall World 2014
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Five steps to assess vendor resiliency and protect business continuity
Advice from PwC US.
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•Date: 19th April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

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

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

Post-crisis recovery: the least understood element of the business continuity lifecycle
The post-crisis recovery phase is one of the least addressed in planning, training and simulations says Geary W. Sikich.
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•Date: 10th April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DDoS: a seven-point action plan
No business continuity plan is complete without taking into account the risk represented by DDoS attacks. Rakesh Shah explains the measures that can be taken to mitigate the threat.
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•Date: 4th April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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

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

Plans within business continuity
Michael Bratton explores different types of plans used within business continuity management systems, examines their purpose and provides guidance for improving their effectiveness.
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•Date: 2nd April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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