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business continuity: TESTING AND EXERCISING, news archive

BATS Global Markets releases details of successful business continuity test
Company headquarters taken completely offline for test of business continuity plan.
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•Date: 13th April 2015 • US •Type: Article

BCI publishes business continuity plan exercising guide
The Business Continuity Institute has published a new guide that will assist those who have responsibility for business continuity to manage their exercise programme.
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•Date: 20th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

The benefits that DRaaS brings to disaster recovery testing
Disaster recovery as a service offers many advantages for IT disaster recovery testing says Gabriel Gambill.
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•Date: 18th March 2015 • World •Type: Article

Why testing and exercising are essential for an effective business continuity programme: BUT what exactly are you testing or exercising?
Lyndon Bird explains what the difference is between testing and exercising and offers some thoughts for improvements.
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•Date: 17th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

Butcher, baker, beer bottle maker: exercising with your supply chain
What are the advantages of running exercises with your critical suppliers? Harriet Wood provides a perspective from the brewing and pub industry.
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•Date: 17th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

Phoenix statistics show that disaster recovery as a service helps improve IT DR testing rates
DRaaS makes it much easier for customers to conduct tests.
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•Date: 17th March 2015 • UK •Type: Article

Ten steps to a great business continuity exercise
James Stevenson, a highly experienced business continuity manager, shares his thoughts on planning and running successful exercises.
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•Date: 11th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

Top tips for improving your business continuity exercises
Could you get more out of your business continuity exercises? Do you have an inner concern that last year’s exercise programme didn’t demonstrate as much as you would have liked, or that there may be alternative ways of delivering the exercise that would be more cost effective and less effort?
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•Date: 4th March 2015 • UK//World •Type: Article

How to develop excellent business continuity exercises
Looking to improve your business continuity exercise skills? A new downloadable resource will help.
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•Date: 27th February 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

Qatar Stock Exchange conducts a successful sector-wide business continuity test
The scenario involved a major disaster striking QSE premises and primary data centre/center during the pre-opening phase of the trading session.
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•Date: 12th December 2014 • Middle East •Type: Article

SIFMA conducts financial industry business continuity test
As part of the ongoing financial industry backup site testing initiative that began in 2003, SIFMA has again led an industry-wide business continuity test.
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•Date: 27th October 2014 • US •Type: Article

BATS Global Markets runs another successful business continuity test
Company headquarters taken completely offline for test.
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•Date: 8th September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Fujitsu Group schedules disaster response exercises across Japan
Fujitsu has announced that it will carry out Group-wide disaster response exercises throughout Japan on the first day of Disaster Prevention Week, September 1, 2014.
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•Date: 29th August 2014 • Japan •Type: Article

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

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

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

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

Bank of England publishes Waking Shark II report
The Bank of England has published the findings of the Waking Shark II exercise, which tested the wholesale banking sector’s response to a sustained and intensive cyber-attack.
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•Date: 5th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Waking Shark II update
A report will be published early in the New Year to share the outcomes and lessons with the participants and wider finance sector.
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•Date: 20th November 2013 • UK •Type: Article

SIFMA publishes Quantum Dawn 2 summary
After-action report co-authored by Deloitte & Touche LLP.
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•Date: 23rd October 2013 • US •Type: Article

Choosing an appropriate scenario for your business continuity plan exercises
The choice of business continuity exercise scenario is an important factor in its success, but how do you go about deciding what you should focus on? By Ray Abide.
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•Date: 3rd September 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Should business continuity managers commit to a new ‘Always Be Testing’ routine?
Larry Lang explains why new thinking is required when it comes to data system testing regimes.
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•Date: 7th August 2013 • World •Type: Article

US financial services firms take part in Quantum Dawn 2 cybersecurity exercise
Quantum Dawn 2 exercised incident response, resolution and coordination processes.
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•Date: 19th July 2013 • US •Type: Article

Words matter: why use ‘exercise’ instead of ‘test’?
The use of correct terminology is not just a matter of semantics: it can have a real impact on how participants view a business continuity exercise.
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•Date: 5th July 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Nominet schedules business continuity test
Nominet, the UK-based domain name registry, has announced that it will be carrying out a business continuity test on Sunday 19th May 2013.
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•Date: 26th April 2013 • UK •Type: Article

Incident response: digital fire drills are the road to faster recovery
Although many organizations may think that they have robust security policies in place, how well drilled are they at responding to security incidents when these occur?
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•Date: 11th April 2013 • World •Type: Article

BATS disconnects headquarters in large-scale business continuity test
BATS Global Markets has published details of a successful business continuity test which took place on March 14th.
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•Date: 21st March 2013 • US •Type: Article

IIROC schedules next industry-wide business continuity test
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada has scheduled its next industry-wide test for October 5, 2013.
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•Date: 10th Oct 2012 • Canada •Type: Article

The New Zealand Shake Out
To date, 348 businesses have signed up to take part in New Zealand’s biggest ever earthquake preparedness exercise on Wednesday 26th September.
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•Date: 31st July 2012 • New Zealand •Type: Article

Business continuity exercise takes place at the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait
BBK chairman and board members participated in the exercise.
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•Date: 26th June 2012 • Middle East •Type: Article

The art of the disaster simulation
Mark Armour gives a comprehensive lesson in how to plan for, run and follow up a successful business continuity exercise.
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•Date: 21st June 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

FEMA publishes new tabletop exercise resource for private sector business continuity planners
‘National Level Exercise 2012: Cyber Capabilities Tabletop Exercise.’
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•Date: 25th May 2012 • US •Type: Article

London businesses invited to take part in pre-Olympics ‘stress test’
Businesses across London are being invited to take part in the Capital’s largest co-ordinated test of IT, telecommunications and transport requirements.
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•Date: 4th April 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Verizon exercise simulates data center disaster
On March 21st, Verizon’s MERIT team conducted an exercise to simulate a response to an extremely hazardous situation that could occur inside technical network facilities and data centers.
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•Date: 23rd March 2012 • US •Type: Article

SIFMA releases initial details of 2012 US financial sector business continuity exercise
Scheduled for October 27th, 2012.
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•Date: 8th March 2012 • US •Type: Article

United Nations praises Delhi exercise
Delhi quake drill a good example for other high-risk cities to follow.
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•Date: 17th February 2012 •Asia •Type: Article

The Great Central US Shakeout
February 12, 2012 at 10:15AM CST.
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•Date: 19th January 2012 • US •Type: Article

Top tips for fantastic business continuity desktop exercises
Charley Newnham presents nineteen tips for running a successful business continuity exercise.
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•Date: 9th December 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Project Office publishes final update on the Market-wide Exercise 2011
87 participants taking part in UK financial sector exercise on 22nd November.
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•Date: 4th November 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Cyber Atlantic 2011
On 3rd November the US and the EU conducted a joint cyber attack exercise: Cyber Atlantic 2011.
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•Date: 4th November 2011 • Region: Various •Type: Article • Topic: BC testing & exercising

Group-wide disaster response drills at Fujitsu
On September 1st 2011, Fujitsu ran a series of group-wide disaster response drills, drawing on lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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•Date: 2nd September 2011 • Region: Japan •Type: Article

Developing scenarios
Jim Preen provides some advice on how to set up convincing business continuity exercise scenarios.
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•Date: 25th August 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Market-wide financial sector business continuity exercises to take place in Singapore
Scheduled for 15th and 16th September 2011.

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•Date: 26th July 2011 • Region: SE Asia •Type: Article

2012 Olympic and paralympic resilience and crisis management exercise programme published
A comprehensive programme of exercises to test the government, police and other key agencies’ readiness for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been announced by Home Secretary Theresa May.

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•Date: 12th July 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Enough is enough...
Why is testing still a weak area in some business continuity management systems? David Honour comments.
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•Date: 30th June 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Audit report identifies business continuity testing as a weak area in various major Australian government agencies
25 percent of critical government agencies ‘did not test BCP’s as part of normal business practice’.

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•Date: 28th June 2011 • Region: Australia •Type: Article

Remit of European nuclear stress tests highlighted
Tests to start by 1st June at the latest.

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•Date: 26th May 2011 • Region: UK/Europe •Type: Article

Summary of UK financial sector cyber exercise published
‘Desktop Cyber Exercise’ took place on Friday 11 March 2011.

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•Date: 3rd May 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

US organizations gear up for National Level Exercise 2011
Facilitated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 2011) has been scheduled for 16 to 20 May.

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•Date: 3rd May 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Initial lessons from exercise Caribe Wave 2011
The first full-scale test of the tsunami warning system in the Caribbean highlighted various system problems, according to UNESCO.
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•Date: 29th March 2011 • Region: Caribbean •Type: Article

Council of the European Union agrees to pan-Europe nuclear plant stress-tests
Will survey the level of protection against floods and other unexpected events.
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•Date: 23rd March 2011 • Region: Various •Type: Article

Exercise Watermark underway
10,000 participants makes Exercise Watermark Britain’s biggest ever civil emergency exercise.

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•Date: 7th March 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Trends in business continuity plan testing and exercising
Jim Preen takes a look at some emerging trends in this area.

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•Date: 15th Feb 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Payments Contingency Exercise 2010 report available
Summarises the key findings from the UK Payments Contingency Exercise (PCE10) which took place on 8 November 2010.

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•Date: 27th Jan 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

UK financial authorities release details of sixth Market Wide Exercise
Updates have been published by the organizing team.

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•Date: 27th Jan 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

UK financial authorities release details of sixth Market Wide Exercise
MWE 2011 business continuity exercise will be held in November 2011.

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•Date: 17th Dec 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Canada financial sector business continuity test scheduled
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada will lead a sector test on September 10, 2011.

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•Date: 17th Dec 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Article

Interim findings from Cyber Europe 2010 published
The private sector should be part of the next pan-European exercise.

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•Date: 12th Nov 2010 • Region: UK/Europe •Type: Article

First ever pan-European cyber-attack simulation exercise takes place
Europe's cyber security experts tested their responses this week in the first ever pan-European cyber-attack simulation exercise.

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•Date: 5th Nov 2010 • Region: UK/Europe •Type: Article

FEMA publishes business continuity exercises for private sector organizations
A series of tabletop exercises are available free of charge.
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•Date: 29th Oct 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

National Level Exercise 2011 private sector participation
NLE 2011 will be an operations-based exercise centered on the scenario of a catastrophic earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, encompassing four FEMA Regions (IV, V, VI and VII) and eight Central US Earthquake States. NLE 2011 will exercise initial incident response and recovery capabilities, to test and validate existing plans, policies and procedures to include the New Madrid Catastrophic Plan (currently under development). NLE 2011 will be conducted in May 2011. More details from Private.SectorNLE@dhs.gov
•Date: 27th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major flooding exercise planned for England and Wales
Beginning with a pilot event in November 2010, Exercise Watermark will then go live across England and Wales from 4-11 March 2011.
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•Date: 1st October 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Cyber Storm III completed
Participants from the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom have taken part in a comprehensive cyber-incident exercise.
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•Date: 1st October 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article

Cross-sector business continuity exercise takes place in Manchester (UK)
Retailers, banks, emergency services and the local council explore potential response to a city centre incident.
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•Date: 14th Sept 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

PD 25666:2010 now available from BSI
‘Guidance on exercising and testing for continuity and contingency programmes.’
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•Date: 4th August 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

NATO disaster response exercise scheduled for September
NATO has developed a cascading scenario for its latest disaster response exercise which will take place in Armenia between 11th and 17th September 2010.
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•Date: 16th July 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

ChicagoFIRST conducts telecommuting test
Encourages member companies to exercise work-at-home capabilities.

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•Date: 15th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

In-crisis decision making: practice makes perfect
Dennis C. Hamilton continues his series on crisis management, looking at how to conduct effective exercises.

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•Date: 7th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

IIROC postpones business continuity test again
Test which was rescheduled from 2009 to 2010 now postponed until September 2011.

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•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Article

Exercise Tangaroa
On 20th October 2010, New Zealand’s ability to respond to a tsunami event will be tested in ‘Exercise Tangaroa’.

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•Date: 3rd March 2010 • Region: New Zealand •Type: Article

Cyber ShockWave exercise finds that the US has many lessons to learn when it comes to cyber-attack response
Last week, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted Cyber ShockWave, a simulated cyber attack on the United States.

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•Date: 22nd Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Market-wide Exercise 2009 report published
The UK’s Tripartite financial authorities have published a summary report of last November’s financial sector business continuity exercise.

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•Date: 10th Feb 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

The art of effective exercising
What is required to ensure that an exercise is effective? By Chris Bakowski, MBCI.

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•Date: 15th Jan 2010 • Region: Australia/World •Type: Article

ChicagoFIRST sums up recent cyber attack exercises
Cyber attack preparation increasingly important for business continuity.

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•Date: 12th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

US gears up for cyber-attack exercise
February 9th – 11th exercise will simulate cyber attacks against payment processes.
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•Date: 8th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article


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