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11th February 2014

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Phoenix achieves ISO 22301 certification
Phoenix has enhanced its business continuity management system by becoming one of the first UK companies to achieve certification to the new international business continuity standard ISO 22301.

Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance carried out the certification audit. It has certified that Phoenix meets all the requirements of the standard, which applies to all of the Phoenix recovery centres across the UK, including the main administration office in Aston in the West Midlands.

Phoenix had already been certified against the earlier BS 25999 standard since 2010, and the realignment to the enhanced requirements of this new standard was a key next step. As an immediate response to achieving the standard the BC management team have now implemented a new programme to develop the BCMS further, committing Phoenix to future significant exercises and company awareness campaigns.


Australian DSTO and IBM to collaborate on cyber security research
The Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and IBM Australia have entered into a strategic alliance to conduct collaborative research in a range of high-end defence technologies.

The agreement was signed in Canberra by Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky and IBM Research Australia’s Director, Mr Glenn Wightwick.

“This alliance means the two organizations will collaborate in the highly specialised technology areas of cyber security, analytics and cognitive computing,” Dr Zelinsky said.

Dr Zelinsky said that Defence operates in an increasingly complex and challenging technology environment and has to pursue collaborative opportunities with organizations such as IBM Australia to meet Australia’s national security needs.

Institute of Risk Management publishes cyber risks guide
In a detailed practical guide launched last week, the Institute of Risk Management aims to help risk professionals understand and manage the cyber risks facing their organizations. Tackling the risks of loss, disruption and reputational damage arising from the use of information technology systems has become a major issue for both private and public sector organizations worldwide. IRM’s guidance emphasises the importance of people, behaviour and processes, rather than technological solutions.

Featuring input from leading risk and cyber specialists, IRM’s new guidance outlines best practices in managing cyber risk. These range from understanding the threat landscape and the ‘iceberg’ impact of cyber losses to balancing risks with opportunities, ensuring good governance and effective internal audit of cyber risk, supply chain issues and making training stick. The guidance also looks in detail at the implications of cloud computing, social media, mobile devices and the essentials of secure systems.


Winter wild-fires: Norway’s new risk
Freakish winter wildfires in Norway have underlined the importance of adopting a multi-hazard approach to disaster risk management in an era of changing climate.

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Ms Margareta Wahlström, told a meeting of Norway’s leading disaster risk management practitioners and policy-makers that the fires – highly unusual at this time of year – were an important reminder of the need to regularly update risk profiles.

In the city of Flatanger, on Norway’s west coast, fire rushed over mountainous terrain putting both lives and livestock at risk and destroying 139 homes. The blaze was fanned by winds of up to 80kmh and followed an extended dry period since Christmas.

Just as this blaze was being brought under control, another fire on the island of Froya, 120km to the south-west, erupted with such ferocity that 430 residents were forced to evacuate.

The Flatanger and Froya fires mirrored another large blaze in early December that destroyed 40 homes near the town of Laerdal. The month of December was one of Norway’s warmest winter months ever. Oslo experienced its mildest Christmas since record keeping began in 1937.

Source: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Neverfail launches IT Continuity Engine 7.0
Neverfail has announced the general availability of Neverfail IT Continuity Engine 7.0, the latest release of its continuous availability software suite that delivers protection for critical business applications.

Building on years of experience in protecting mission critical systems, Neverfail's IT Continuity Engine includes the following capabilities:

  • Total protection for critical business systems against application, server, network, storage or site failures;
  • Elimination of data loss by ensuring near-zero RPO (recovery point objective);
  • Elimination of downtime with near-zero RTO (recovery time objective) by proactively detecting and remediating failure signatures in protected applications before they cause downtime;
  • Complete orchestration of site failovers for critical applications and business services;
  • Seamless switchback to the primary infrastructure once the original problem is remediated.


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