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Business continuity news and information: Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and SE Asia

Organizations fear the Cryptoapocalypse
A Ponemon Institute and Venafi survey report has found that the information security incident that organizations are most concerned about is a ‘Cryptoapocalypse-like event’: a scenario where the standard algorithms of trust, such as RSA and SHA, are compromised and exploited overnight.

UN relief agencies ramp up support to cyclone-hit Vanuatu
Amid reports that Cyclone Pam has impacted at least half the population of Vanuatu, the country's President, attending a United Nations conference under way in Japan aiming to reduce disaster risk, appealed for international support in anticipation of large-scale needs.

Survey finds that business continuity management in New South Wales local government needs improvements
A survey of New South Wales Shires and Councils has looked at risk management, business continuity, and internal audit practices and identified a number of gaps in some critical areas.

Critical gaps remain in Asia-Pacific tsunami early warning systems: United Nations
A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck, the Asia-Pacific region remains highly disaster prone and critical gaps remain in early warning systems, especially in reaching the most vulnerable people and remote communities, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) says.

The 2014 Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition
Continuity Central is inviting entries for a competition which seeks to discover the best new business continuity articles and papers. A £500 or $800 prize will be presented to the winner.

Australian National Audit Office report looks at business continuity management in various government agencies
ANAO (the Australian National Audit Office) has published a report into business continuity management practices in three government agencies: the Civil Aviation Safety Authority; Department of Finance; and the Department of Social Services.

The Business Continuity Institute presents its Australasian Awards
The 2014 BCI Australasian Awards took place on Friday 17th October at an event in Melbourne.

Auckland businesses impacted by wide-area power outage
A fire in a cable trench has caused long running power outages in many areas of Auckland, New Zealand.

Australian terrorism alert level raised from Medium to High
Owners and operators of critical infrastructure and places of mass gathering are encouraged to review their security plans.

Disaster-prone APEC economies step up risk-reduction and business continuity promotion
The creation of a regional network of Crisis Management Centres and building global supply chain resilience will also be prioritised.

New workarea recovery options for Wellington businesses
Plan B opens new data centre and standby office facility.

Resilience lessons from Christchurch
If you learn one thing from Christchurch and its Chief Resilience Officer, Mike Gillooly, it's this: Be ready.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority and regional banks conduct a business continuity exercise
Exercise was organized by the HKMA and 55 banks took part.

IT continuity in Japanese organizations surveyed
PwC Japan has published a detailed report following a survey of Japanese IT organizations.

Inquiry launched into Australia’s natural disaster funding arrangements
The Australian government has announced that the Productivity Commission will conduct an inquiry into natural disaster funding arrangements in the country.

Monetary Authority of Singapore releases results from Industry-Wide Survey on Business Continuity Management
Provides a snapshot of business continuity in regional financial institutions and captures some best-practice lessons.

Toyota enhances its business continuity management system through disaster aid agreement
Tahara City and Toyota Motor Corporation have signed an agreement to strengthen coordination of disaster aid activities. The agreement forms part of Toyota's ongoing commitment to working with local stakeholders to create disaster-resilient communities.

ASIC issues major cyber resilience report
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has published 'Cyber resilience: Health Check (REP 429)' to help its regulated population improve cyber resilience.

The 2015 Natural Hazards Risk Atlas
Verisk Maplecroft has published its 2015 Natural Hazards Risk Atlas, which ranks over 1300 cities in 198 countries on their exposure to natural hazards to help organizations identify and compare risks to populations, economies, business and supply chains.

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority publishes risk management standard
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released the final version of its new risk management standard, and associated guidance.

APEC countries to work together on value chain resilience and business continuity
Agreement made at the 26th APEC Meeting.

Workplace flexibility is key to disaster response
Although it is good practice for organizations to have a business continuity plan, workplace flexibility is what really counts in a disaster: Victoria University of Wellington research.

US and Australian governments respond to change in UK terrorism threat level
Following the decision last week by the UK government to increase the threat level from international terrorism from substantial to severe, the US and Australian governments have responded with statements.

Fujitsu Group schedules disaster response exercises across Japan
Fujitsu has announced that it will carry out Group-wide disaster response exercises throughout Japan on the first day of Disaster Prevention Week, September 1, 2014.

2014 BCI Asia Awards presented
The 2014 BCI Asia Awards took place on Thursday 14th August at the 12th Asia Business Continuity Conference in Singapore.

Business continuity one of the key drivers of growth in the Australian data centre market
Over three quarters of Australian organizations expect to increase spending on data centre facilities within the year.

The top ten risks to Australian and New Zealand businesses
Results of Aon’s 12th annual Australasian Risk Survey published.

APEC highlights activities to help small and medium sized enterprises with business continuity planning
In its latest Bulletin, APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) has provided details of what it is doing to assist regional SMEs to develop business continuity plans.

The DRI KL 2013 Award of Excellence winners
DRI Malaysia recently presented its regional business continuity awards.

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority releases guidance on managing data risk
New guidance is intended to be used by Boards and senior management of APRA-regulated institutions, as well as risk and technical specialists and others with an interest in this topic.

New Australian Standard for the management of climate change risks
Standards Australia has completed work on the first Australian Standard dealing explicitly with the management of risks associated with climate change for communities and infrastructure.

APEC officials discuss regional promotion of business continuity
Ways of sharing business continuity expertise and information between APEC countries was also on the agenda.

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