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Business continuity briefs:
26th November 2014

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

Phoenix IT Group publishes interim results
Phoenix saw revenue fall 8.1 percent during the six months to the end of September 2014, compared to the same period in 2013; and underlying profit before tax (non-recurring items and amortisation of acquired intangibles) fell 5 percent to £5 million. The company said that these results were in line with expectations. Encouragingly for Phoenix, profit before tax increased by 237.8 percent to £4.1 million and net debt was £18.5m lower than the same time last year at £56.1m. Business Continuity margins were maintained in spite of some lengthening in sales cycles for larger contract opportunities. Read the results statement.

Hosted Network launches Desktop DR
Hosted Network has announced it now provides Desktop DR, enabling organizations to ensure workforce continuity in the event of a disaster. Hosted Network identified a gap in their premium cloud-hosting services by acknowledging that their partner's end-users are often neglected from traditional disaster recovery schemes. They closed this margin with their Desktop DR solution that promises end-users the ability to quickly resume productivity from any device, anywhere should a disaster impact their workforce. Read press release.

Plague outbreak in Madagascar
WHO has been notified by the Ministry of Health of Madagascar of an outbreak of plague. A total of 119 cases of plague have been confirmed, including 40 deaths. Only 2 percent of reported cases are of the pneumonic form. Cases have been reported in 16 districts of seven regions. Antananarivo, the capital and largest city in Madagascar, has also been affected with two recorded cases of plague, including 1 death. There is now a risk of a rapid spread of the disease due to the city's high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system. The situation is further complicated by the high level of resistance to deltamethrin (an insecticide used to control fleas) that has been observed in the country. www.who.int

Poor information security the single biggest reason for monetary penalties
Despite the fact that compliance with the UK Data Protection Act (DPA) is mandatory for all British organizations, a total of 66 enforcement notices for DPA infringements were issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) between January 2013 and October 2014, resulting in £2,170,000 in monetary penalties. Poor information security was the biggest single reason for these sanctions.

This is a key finding of a comprehensive analysis of Data Protection Act contraventions over the past 20 months conducted by IT Governance.

A copy of the full ‘Data Protection Compliance - Research Report 2014’ report is available here.

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Date: 26th November 2014 • Region: Various

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