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Business continuity briefs:
7th May 2014

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

The Non-Advanced Persistent Threat
Imperva Inc. has published its April Hacker Intelligence Initiative report, ‘The Non-Advanced Persistent Threat.’ The report presents an in-depth view of how some techniques attributed to so-called Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) require only basic technical skills. The report exposes simple ways that attackers are obtaining access privileges and accessing protected data by targeting weaknesses of the Microsoft NTLM protocol using nothing more than knowledge of common Windows protocols, basic social engineering, and readily available software.

Key findings from the report:

  • Data breaches commonly associated with APT can be achieved by relatively simple (and commonly available) means, using basic technical skills.
  • Built-in Windows functionality, combined with seemingly ‘innocent’ file shares and SharePoint sites, can provide attackers with an entry-point to accessing an organization’s most critical data.
  • A mitigation strategy should be implemented that focuses on monitoring the authentication process itself and data access patterns, in addition to tailoring authorization mechanisms for increased security.

Read the report.

World Continuity Congress Malaysia
9th September 2014, Doubletree Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
The World Continuity Congress (WCC) is an annual event that gathers hundreds of business continuity and disaster recovery professionals to exchange ideas, experience, information and keep abreast of developments.


FPL and Florida National Guard form first-of-a-kind partnership to enhance disaster response capabilities
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has announced that the company has initiated a first-of-a-kind partnership with the Florida National Guard designed to enhance each organization's overall response capabilities to natural and man-made disasters, with a particular focus on severe storms, including hurricanes. Key to the partnership will be the embedding for six months of a Florida National Guardsman within FPL's emergency preparedness organization. More details.

Peak 10 is the first in the Americas to achieve Cisco Powered DRaaS
Peak 10 has been named the first provider in the Americas to achieve the Cisco Powered Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) designation under the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification. This certification recognizes Peak 10 as a provider with the capability to sell and deliver cloud and managed services for companies needing to accelerate time to market and time to revenue.

"We continue to see strong demand for DRaaS, or cloud DR services, to help businesses lower their risk to support their business continuity plans," said Jeff Spalding, COO for Peak 10. "As part of this designation, our infrastructure and operational processes went through a rigorous third party audit. With our historical commitment to compliance, Peak 10 has been a leader in DRaaS for a while now and because we take the integrity of our infrastructure and operations so seriously, this Cisco certification is really formal recognition for our longstanding approach to business."

The Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification is part of the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program, focused on helping partners such as Peak 10 to envision, build, market, and sell cloud and managed services with business acceleration tools and services, sales training and the Cisco Cloud Marketplace to address the varied needs of its customers. As a Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certified Partner, Peak 10 will offer Cisco Powered services, built on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework, and provide basic management capabilities that support Cisco technologies.


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Date: 7th May 2014 • Region: Various

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