This newsletter highlights all the feature articles published on Continuity Central during March 2017 as well as various resources.

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FEATURE ARTICLES

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IT disaster recovery failures: why aren’t we learning from them?
Gil Levonai looks at three areas where many organizations can improve their IT resilience: focussing on why effective recovery requires consistent testing; why backup is not disaster recovery; and how hybrid cloud can provide a safety net.
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• World

World Backup Day: the perfect time to reflect on why businesses must adopt greater strategic backup flexibility
March 31st is World Backup Day and the event provides a reminder for businesses to consider whether their backup and data protection strategies remain fit for purpose. In this article John Woolley stresses the continued importance of tape archiving and highlights five reasons why it can add agility to your data protection processes.
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• UK / World

Multi cloud migration: protecting your cloud investment, and prioritizing your security needs
Multi-cloud adoption is now the recommended approach for cloud availability. Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh providers some pointers for those who are just starting to consider this option.
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• World

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The Amazon Web Services outage: business continuity implications and actions
Following the recent long-running outage at Amazon Web Services Continuity Central conducted a reader-survey to ascertain the level of impact and whether it will result in business continuity professionals reviewing their business continuity plans. The survey also sought to capture the lessons that can be learned from the outage. This article provides a summary of the results…
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• World

A weak information security culture means your organization is vulnerable
Organizations normally understand that employees are key to improving information security, but often focus on awareness of policies and procedures. Chantelle van Wyk explains why this approach is ineffective and looks at what else organizations should be doing to strengthen the information security culture.
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• S.Africa / World

Many organizations are struggling to manage mobile working risks
A new survey has identified mobile working as a major area of risk, with many companies uncertain about how to enforce adequate security policies and having no viable strategies in place. Jon Fielding presents the results of the survey and draws out some lessons.
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• UK

ClearView

Are business continuity and information security converging?
Is the increasing organizational focus on information security having an effect on the traditional demarcation lines between business continuity and information security management (ISM)? Continuity Central recently conducted an online survey to find out.
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• World

Taking a federated approach to GRC and risk management
Managing risk and compliance in silos means that many organizations struggle to get a clear view of their overall risk posture. Richard Hibbert discusses how organizations can manage risk and maintain compliance across different departments with different needs.
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• UK / World

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Information: not always secure and not always available? Some simple solutions
Availability and security are crucial and interconnected when it comes to business continuity management. Charles Boffin looks at the questions that organizations should ask their suppliers about both these areas and provides some useful tips.
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• UK / World

Why business continuity managers need to trust ‘gut feel’
Sometimes as a business continuity manager you have a feeling that a certain decision is the wrong one, despite qualitative and quantitative evidence pointing to the contrary. Dominic Irvine explains how research is starting to support the reliability of trusting your gut feeling…
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• UK / World

RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

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New study assesses organizational resilience academic evidence and business insights
A global study ‘Organizational Resilience: A summary of academic evidence, business insights and new thinking’ has been published by BSI in partnership with Cranfield School of Management.
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• UK / World

Majority of UK businesses are already planning for Brexit: KPMG
According to Karen Briggs, KPMG’s Head of Brexit, most UK businesses are already well prepared for Brexit risks and are starting to act on their Brexit plans.
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• UK

World at a tipping point for cybersecurity says Fortinet Threat Landscape Report
Fortinet has published its latest Global Threat Landscape Report. A key finding is that cyber criminals are building ‘an army of things’ that has the potential to impact the future of the digital economy.
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• World

Crisis Solutions

Majority of organizations now trust cloud for critical applications and infrastructure
SolarWinds has revealed the findings of its new ‘IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organisation’. The report explores the variety of ways in which IT departments around the world are integrating the cloud, and the effect hybrid IT has had on their organizations.
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• UK / World

Survey looks at the impact of payments outages on retailers
A new study commissioned by SafeCharge has found that payment outages and downtime are causing frequent disruption to retail businesses.
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• UK / World

Cloud: organizations should ‘design for failure’ to prevent outages
Recent cloud outages highlight the need for organizations to start designing for failure on public cloud services, says Databarracks.
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• UK / World

Capital Continuity

UK businesses are not adapting to the new cyber security landscape: Institute of Directors
A worrying number of UK businesses have no formal plan to protect their business from a cyber-attack and the number of companies preparing themselves has not improved from a year ago. This is according to a new survey report from the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Barclays.
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• UK

Tomorrow’s hyper-connected world will require a ‘seismic shift’ in the way business continuity is planned and managed
The Information Security Forum (ISF) has published its ‘Threat Horizon 2019’ report, the latest in a series of annual Threat Horizon reports.
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• World

DDoS attacks are an increasing threat: study
DDoS attacks are a greater security threat to businesses in 2017 than ever before, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) need to do something about it according to a new survey of IT security professionals and network operators by Corero Network Security.
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• US / World

eBRP

CEO survey finds that many private companies are underprepared for cyber attacks
PwC has published the results of its 20th Global Survey of CEOs, which focuses specifically on the threats and opportunities facing the 781 private company CEOs who participated.
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• World

The role of business continuity professionals is expanding: survey report
The Business Continuity Institute has published a joint report with PwC which looks at how business continuity professionals are taking advantage of organizational resilience to expand their own remit and improve their career opportunities.
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• UK / World

Major environmental disasters: February 2017
Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during February 2017.
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• World

Organizations say regular storage capacity shortage is biggest issue when managing backups
An independent survey commissioned by Cohesity has revealed that 73 percent of IT decision-makers in the UK and Germany regard the regular need for additional storage capacity as their greatest challenge when it comes to managing their backups.
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• UK / Europe

Enterprises are making detection and response the top information security priority
Enterprises are transforming their security spending strategy in 2017, moving away from prevention-only approaches to focus more on detection and response, according to Gartner.
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• US / World

Researchers find that sound waves could be the next cyber attack vector
Sound waves could be used to hack into critical sensors in a broad array of technologies including smartphones, automobiles, medical devices and the Internet of Things, University of Michigan research shows.
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• US / World

Study finds that UK financial institutions are unprepared for MiFID II
A study of IT managers & decision makers and risk & compliance managers within UK financial services businesses has found a lack of preparation and understanding of the requirements of MiFID II legislation, which is due to come into force in January 2018.
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• UK

Australian companies are a long way from cyber resilience: report
Cyber security can no longer legitimately be considered the domain of IT alone, according to the new MinterEllison 'Perspectives on Cyber Risk Report 2017'. The report's findings also show that Australian companies are being too slow to take the necessary action to mitigate and manage cyber risk.
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• Australia

Study looks at zero-day vulnerabilities and what entities do when they discover them
Zero-day software vulnerabilities can lurk undetected for years, leaving software users particularly susceptible to hackers. A new study from the RAND Corporation, based on rare access to a dataset of more than 200 such vulnerabilities, provides insights about what entities should do when they discover them.
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• US / World

Questions for businesses to consider before using drones
Drones are playing an increasingly important role in commercial environments but are enterprises prepared for ‘The Rise of the Drones’ in their operations? That’s the focus of a new white paper available from ISACA.
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• US / World

Organizations need to do more to integrate cyber into risk management
Swiss Re's latest sigma report ‘Cyber: getting to grips with a complex risk’, says businesses need to do much more to integrate cyber security into their risk management initiatives.
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• World

US small businesses disaster preparedness under the spotlight
68 percent of US small-business owners don't have a written disaster recovery plan, even though about half (49 percent) said it would take their business at least three months to recover from a natural disaster, according to Nationwide's Small Business Indicator.
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• US

More than half of UK businesses were impacted by some form of cybercrime in 2016
New research published by Beaming, the business ISP, indicates that 52 percent of British businesses fell victim to some form of cybercrime in 2016. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Opinium, puts the cost of these attacks at £29.1 billion.
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• UK

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