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6th November 2014

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COSO online survey goes live for Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework update
The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) has launched an online survey for its current project to review and update the 2004 Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework (Framework). The survey, created by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) project team, seeks input and feedback from interested parties and is designed to capture views and insights regarding the current Framework and to collect suggestions for improvements.

Take part: https://www.research.net/s/COSO-ERM

Paper the top threat to information security say two-thirds of UK firms
The handling of paper documents is the single greatest threat to the protection of information, according to a recent study by Iron Mountain and PwC. Two thirds (66 percent) of mid-sized companies in the UK regard the management of information on paper as a serious security risk, more than double the number that fear external threats to digital content such as hacking and malware.

The study reveals that many organizations are not coping effectively with paper. 39 percent of those surveyed have monitored policies in place that guide employees in the storage and disposition of digital records, but just 31 percent have the same for paper documents. Only 39 percent have monitored access restrictions to areas where confidential information is stored.

Over three quarters (85 percent) of firms rely on one person or team to manage both paper and digital information risk – although the study found that top performers in risk management invariably have distinct groups looking after paper and digital information.

The full report ‘Beyond Good Intentions: The need to move from intention to action to manage information risk’, can be found here.

MERS-CoV cluster in Saudi Arabia
Between 18th and 26th October, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia (KSA) notified WHO of 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including five deaths.

None of the cases has a history of contact with camels nor of raw camel products consumption; however, two of the patients (17 percent) live in areas densely populated with camels. In the 14 days that preceded the onset of symptoms, none of the cases performed Umrah/Hajj and only two travelled out of their cities of residence. Eight patients came in contact with laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV cases.

Tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

Globally, WHO has been notified of 897 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 325 related deaths.

Stratus debuts fully-integrated disaster recovery addition to everRun Enterprise
Stratus Technologies has announced the general availability of a disaster recovery addition to everRun Enterprise, the company's next generation software defined availability solution. With this latest software release, Stratus offers fully-integrated disaster recovery capabilities to give IT complete end-to-end protection of their critical infrastructure. With this release, Stratus is also expanding its software portfolio with the addition of everRun Express, a high availability solution that offers all the features and functionality of everRun Enterprise with the exception of selectable availability.


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Date: 6th November 2014 • Region: Various

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