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

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FEATURE ARTICLES

ClearView

Five security trends that threaten your network hive
Russell Crampin analyses five key cyber security challenges facing businesses today and the steps that can be taken to secure the network ecosystem.
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• UK / World

On-premise or in the Cloud? Choosing the most suitable location for applications in a hybrid environment
Asher Benbenisty, director of Product Marketing at AlgoSec examines current cloud adoption trends and how organizations can select the most suitable locations for their applications.
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• World

Enterprise risk management and business continuity
Alberto G. Alexander, Ph.D, MBCI, looks at enterprise risk management, its relationship to business continuity management, and how organizations can integrate the two disciplines.
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• World

Daisy

How to add a resiliency-in-layers approach to your business cloud strategy
As cloud becomes a mainstream part of organizational infrastructure, any failure of the cloud service becomes a business continuity issue. Rob Strechay provides a summary of the impacts of cloud downtime and what organizations can do to prepare for it; calling for a ‘resiliency-in-layers’ approach.
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• US / World

Using the power of machine learning in effective network security
Derek Lin believes that the key to effective security is to take a people-centric approach, understanding each and every user’s normal or baseline behaviour. No easy task, but machine learning makes it possible.
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• World

To BIA or not to BIA: a response from Steve Dance
Steve Dance reacts to the debate that has commenced in the wake of Continuity Central’s recent survey into attitudes to the business impact analysis and the risk assessment elements of the business continuity lifecycle.
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• UK / World

Continuity2

Getting the most from your BCMS audits
Are you responsible for auditing your company’s business continuity management system? Do you struggle to fit your audits in to your ‘day job’ and do you wonder whether your audit report and its conclusions will make a difference to the robustness of your BC arrangements? Hilary Estall offers a few ideas to help bring life back to your audits.
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• UK / World

A different perspective on the BIA / risk assessment question
Peter Barnes, FBCI, responds to the recent Continuity Central survey into attitudes to the business impact analysis and the risk assessment; suggesting that the profession needs a new approach to standards and guidance.
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• UK / World

RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Capital Continuity

Most companies fail to measure cybersecurity effectiveness and performance
Thycotic has released its first annual 2017 State of Cybersecurity Metrics Report, an analysis of key findings from Thycotic's Security Measurement Index (SMI), a benchmark survey of more than 400 global business and security executives.
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• US / World

DDoS threats expected to increase during next 12 months
IT security professionals predict that DDoS attacks will get larger and more significant in the year ahead, and are already preparing for attacks that could cause outages worldwide, according to new research from Corero Network Security.
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• UK / World

UK boards neglecting GDPR compliance
Board-level executives are neglecting to ensure the UK businesses they run will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to new research from Calligo.
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• UK

eBRP

Smaller UK businesses lack digital risk awareness
Leaders of UK business small and medium-sized enterprises identify far fewer risks affecting their businesses, when compared to Germany and France, according to research for the Gowling WLG Digital Risk Calculator. This new free tool allows small and medium size businesses to better understand their digital risks and compare these to other businesses and industries.
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• UK

More than half of UK companies are making Brexit contingency plans
A poll of Institute of Director’s members shows that while 57 percent of UK companies are making Brexit contingency plans, only 11 percent have begun implementing them.
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• UK

First half of 2017 sees low level of natural disaster losses
Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, has published its Global Catastrophe Recap: First Half of 2017 report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide in the first six months of the year.
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• World

Crisis Solutions

New risk assessment identifies global hotspots for future water conflict
A new analysis commissioned by the United Nations uses a comprehensive combination of social, economic, political and environmental factors to identify areas around the world most at-risk for ‘hydro-political’ threats.
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• Various

Nation state cyber threats are over-hyped and insiders are overlooked: survey
The results of the Security BSides London Attendees Survey 2017, co-ordinated by Digital Guardian has found that users and their behaviours are the biggest security challenge.
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• UK / World

Industrial control systems security risks ‘reach all-time high’
Industrial control systems (ICS) cyber security threats are growing and identifying attacks continues to be a major challenge according to the annual SANS Institute ICS survey.
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• World

New report sets out the potential losses that could occur in an extreme cyber attack scenario
Lloyds has published its latest Emerging Risks Report 2017, which looks at the growing threat of cyber attacks. The report says that while digitization is ‘revolutionising business models and transforming daily lives, it is also making the global economy more vulnerable to cyber attacks’.
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• UK / World

Faster cyber attack detection can limit business impact by an average of 70 percent: study
A new report, commissioned by Cyber adAPT and conducted by Aberdeen Group, has found that cyber attack detection and response times have a critical status in protecting access to infrastructure and data within modern networks.
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• World

Research highlights growing cybersecurity operational challenges
The results from a survey by Enterprise Strategy Group has found that the rapidly evolving threat landscape and growing volumes of security alarms are the most common challenges facing enterprises today.
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• World

NIST developing new guidance on identifying critical parts of a system
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting comments on a new technical document which will help organizations perform a step-by-step analysis to identify those critical parts of a system that must not fail or be compromised if the system is to successfully support the organization’s mission.
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• US / World

The cyber security journey – from denial to opportunity
BT and KPMG have jointly published a new cyber security report offering practical advice to businesses of all sizes on how best to manage their security journey and turn it into a business opportunity.
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• UK / World

Roundup of June’s major environmental disasters
Impact Forecasting has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred around the world during June 2017.
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• World

Survey show lack of knowledge about GDPR compliance risks
Many global business decision makers are unaware of the implications of the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as other compliance regulations such as PCI-DSS and ISO27001/2, with one in five admitting they do not know which regulations their organization is subject to.
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• World

United Nations publishes Global Cybersecurity Index 2017
ITU, the United Nations’ agency for information and communication technology, has published the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017 (GCI-2017), which measures the commitment of ITU's 193 Member States to cybersecurity and helps to identify areas for improvement.
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• World

Cyber threats: critical infrastructure in the crosshairs
Black Hat has published its third annual research report, based on survey responses from nearly 600 Black Hat USA attendees. Entitled ‘Portrait of an Imminent Cyber Threat’ the report raises concerns about potential future threats to the US’s critical infrastructure.
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• US

Urgent cyber security improvements needed for industrial control systems
A lack of standards-based technical security testing is putting industrial control environments and critical national infrastructure at risk.
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• UK / World

Business leaders report an improvement in the risk landscape
72 percent of global business leaders say they’re operating in a riskier world, spurred by increasingly regulated industries, advanced technology and rapid digitalization. That represents a drop of 15 percentage points from 2016, when 87 percent of global business leaders felt the world was a riskier place...
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• World

The cyber security battleground is shifting towards Linux and web servers
WatchGuard latest quarterly Internet Security Report reveals that Linux malware made up more than 36 percent of the top threats identified in Q1 2017.
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• World

ENISA publishes lessons from Cyber Europe 2016
During 2016 over 1,000 participants from all 28 EU Member States, along with Switzerland and Norway, took part in a simulated cyber crisis which lasted for over six months, culminating in a 48-hour event on 13th and 14th October 2016. ENISA has now issued a report which captures the key findings and recommendations from the exercise.
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• Europe / UK

Study quantifies business continuity management benefits during a data breach
A Ponemon Institute study has examined the impact of business continuity management (BCM) on the cost of a data breach.
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• World

Most organizations rely on backups for ransomware recovery
Druva has published the results of a survey conducted for its first Annual Ransomware Report. With over 800 companies participating, the survey found that eight out of ten responding organizations turn to modern backup solutions as the most effective strategy to respond to ransomware attacks.
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• World

RIMS issues cyber incident risk management report
A strong partnership between IT, legal, risk management and public relations is critical for an effective cybersecurity program, according to the new RIMS Professional Report,'Cyber Protection: What to Do Before and After a Cyber Incident.'
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• US / World

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