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

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FEATURE ARTICLES

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Business continuity trends and challenges 2018
For the past four years Continuity Central has conducted an online survey asking business continuity professionals about their expectations for the year ahead. This article provides the results of the most recent survey, conducted in Q4 2017. It identifies some interesting changes from previous years…
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• World

The top ten Continuity Central articles published in 2017
During 2017 Continuity Central published more than 500 business continuity, enterprise risk management, and resilience articles; but which were the most popular? Here are the top ten…
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• World

The three top emerging IT trends
Keeping up with technological developments is a mounting challenge for business continuity managers as the pace of change increases. In this article, SolarWinds’ Leon Adato and Patrick Hubbard highlight what they think will be the three top IT trends to look out for in 2018.
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• UK / World

ClearView

Ten IT security predictions for 2018
Ian Kilpatrick gives his thoughts about the security year ahead. Emerging issues include the IoT security time-bomb, GDPR blackmail, and rising DDoS attacks. More encouragingly, 2018 may see increased boardroom commitment to information security.
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• UK / World

Why I no longer look at financial impacts when conducting a BIA…
There are advantages and disadvantages of including financial impacts in the business impact analysis. In this article business continuity expert, Charlie Maclean Bristol, gives his view on the issue.
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• UK / World

Communication is key during product recall
Simulated product recalls often show that the technical actions of a recall are carried out well, but frequently teams fall down on communication. This can have big implications: at worst it can lead to a relatively small issue developing into a major crisis. Julia Johnson looks at the issue.
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• UK / World

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Total recall – better security for your network
Zero-day threat discoveries prompt a flurry of information security activity; but what if the vulnerability has already been exploited within your organization? Gene Stevens examines how organizations can benefit from taking a ‘perfect memory’ approach to network diagnostics.
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• World

Ten tips for businesses to optimize security programs for the 2017 holiday season
Optiv Security has shared a list of tips to help organizations get the most from their security programs during the 2017 Christmas and New Year holiday season and to deal with the typical increase in risk of exposure that comes with this time of year.
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RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

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Survey finds that advanced threats and insider security threats are the top cybersecurity challenges
Alert Logic has published the results of a survey conducted with 400 UK cybersecurity professionals to better understand the evolving cyber threat landscape UK companies face.
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• UK / World

Wombat Security’s top security predictions for 2018
Wombat Security Technologies has given its 2018 security predictions. Phishing is predicted to continue serving as a key access point for increasing cyber attacks on critical infrastructure.
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• UK / World

New South Wales energy risks highlighted in Energy Security Taskforce report
The NSW Energy Security Taskforce has published its final report into the resilience of the New South Wales electricity system, concluding that there are significant short terms risks that need addressing.
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• Australia

Capital Continuity

Organizations turning to AWS for data protection and recovery: survey
Druva has published the results of its 2017 AWS Cloud Data Protection Survey, which reveals a disconnect between the perceptions of cloud data protection and its reality.
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• World

The top business risks facing organizations in Africa
In the company’s annual RiskMap political and security risk forecast, Control Risks has published assessments of business risks in various regions of Africa.
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• Africa

BCI publishes its Emergency Communications Report 2017
The Business Continuity Institute has released the latest edition of its annual Emergency Communications Report, which finds that preserving physical security and safety of employees is the greatest concern for business continuity and resilience professionals, especially, when it comes to producing emergency communications plans.
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Perpetual Solutions

A significant number of organizations do not know how much of their IT budget is being spent on IT resilience
Research from Databarracks, has revealed that 30 percent of organizations do not know how much of their IT budget is being spent on disaster recovery and backup services. This follows wider industry research finding that firms in Europe and North America spend seven percent of their IT budget on backup and disaster recovery.
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• UK / World

WatchGuard uncovers surge in script-based attacks
WatchGuard’s latest quarterly Internet Security Report, which explores the computer and network security threats affecting small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and distributed enterprises, has revealed massive increases in scripting attacks and overall malware attempts against midsize companies throughout Q3 2017.
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• World

Many businesses are failing to consider climate change resilience measures, despite expecting impacts
A new international survey conducted by DNV GL, with support from GFK Eurisko, has investigated whether companies are resilient enough to climate change. The study involved more than 1,200 professionals from Europe, Asia and the Americas.
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• Various

Capital Continuity

New RIMS report highlights the benefits of business continuity management
RIMS has released a new Executive Report entitled ‘Ties that Bind: Business Continuity Management, Resilience and Geopolitical Risk’. The report highlights the value of proactive business continuity management systems and its effectiveness in addressing emerging risks, including geopolitical risk.
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• US / World

Employee buy-in is key to GDPR compliance: what are organizations doing about it?
A study from Veritas Technologies has found that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has the potential to drive major cultural changes in businesses worldwide. Nearly three in four respondents plan to incentivise employees to improve data hygiene and take accountability for data compliance.
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• World

What will the top business risks be in 2018?
Board members across all industries perceive a much riskier environment in 2018 relative to 2017, according to the results of the sixth annual ‘Executive Perspectives on Top Risks Survey’ conducted by global consulting firm Protiviti and the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Initiative in the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management.
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