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Business continuity briefs:
9th April 2014

'Business continuity briefs' provides a summary of new product and services press releases and other useful resources published recently:

Warning issued over OpenSSL 'Heartbleed' vulnerability
NCCIC and US-CERT have issued a warning about the recently discovered OpenSSL 'Heartbleed' vulnerability. This could allow a remote attacker to expose sensitive data, possibly including user authentication credentials and secret keys, through incorrect memory handling in the TLS heartbeat extension. Exploit code is publicly available for this vulnerability. http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/720951

The BCI Middle East Conference and Exhibition 2014
7th-8th May, Dubai
This conference is themed as ‘Business Continuity: Building a Resilient Middle East’ and features a three stream structure catering for the business continuity newcomer right through to the experienced practitioner. www.thebci-me.org

Plan B signs SaaS Security to distribute DRaaS across Scandinavia
Plan B is expanding its Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering to Scandinavia after partnering with SaaS Security in Norway. SaaS Security now has exclusive rights to sell Plan B’s disaster recovery solution across Scandinavia. www.planb.co.uk www.saassecurity.no

EU Gas Coordination Group and Roundtable on Security of Supply with Gas Industry
The EU Energy Commissioner has chaired a meeting of the Gas Coordination Group as well as a Roundtable on Security of Supply with gas industry representatives in Brussels. The purpose of both meetings was to take stock of the supply situation in different Member States and to discuss possible measures to guarantee secure gas supplies in a coordinated manner, both on a short and mid-term perspective.
The meetings have been convened against the background of the March European Council, where the Commission committed to conduct an in-depth study of EU energy security and to present by June 2014 a comprehensive plan for the reduction of EU energy dependence.

The Gas Coordination Group is an official expert group composed of gas experts from governments and European associations and has been created by the Security of Gas Supply Regulation to coordinate the individual actions of Member States related to gas security of supply.

At the subsequent Roundtable on Security of Supply, companies and associations from the gas sector discussed what the appropriate reactions to the current security of supply challenges should be from an industry perspective. Given Ukraine's role as a transit country for EU gas supply, a delegation from Ukraine led by Energy Minister Prodan participated in the Roundtable. Participants acknowledged that recent developments, notably in improving gas infrastructure, have significantly improved the position of several EU Member States. The participants stressed that the internal energy market is the backbone of EU's security of gas supply and the decisive role that industry plays in this respect.

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