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Assurance Software

To BIA or not to BIA... revisited
In June 2017 Continuity Central published the results of a survey which looked at whether attitudes to the business impact analysis and risk assessment were changing. Two years on, we are repeating the survey to determine whether there has been any development in thinking across the business continuity profession.
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• World

Overcoming barriers to becoming a security-first organization
Taking a security-first approach involves prioritizing security in all areas of the business, including its people, processes and applications; and requires moving away from a simple ‘protecting the perimeter’ approach. Justin Calmus highlights four key areas that organizations need to consider when moving in this direction.
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• World

Don’t go once more unto the breach: fix these policy configuration mistakes
It may not be the most interesting aspect of protecting your business but optimizing policy configuration for firewalls and other security devices is an important consideration. Asher Benbenisty examines four common security policy errors, and shows how organizations can avoid them.
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LATEST NEWS

ClearView

New resource aims to help organizations with service continuity management
Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has published a new Technical Note to assist organizations that have conducted its Cyber Resilience Review to use the results to develop a service continuity management (SCM) plan.
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• US / World

Board involvement is a key indicator of vendor risk management maturity
Protiviti and the Shared Assessments Program have released findings of their 2019 ‘Vendor Risk Management Benchmark Study: Running Harder to Stay In Place’ report, an extensive study of organizational risk posture assessed by industry sector and program criteria.
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Daisy

The majority of organizations say that insider attacks are becoming more common
Bitglass has released ‘Threatbusters’, its 2019 Insider Threat Report. In partnership with a cyber security community, Bitglass surveyed IT professionals about insider threats, as well as what their organizations are doing to defend against them.
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• World

UK Government publishes annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey
The Cyber Security Breaches Survey is a quantitative and qualitative survey of UK businesses and charities which is published each year by the Government, providing a useful record of how cyber attacks have developed.
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• UK

FDIC tells financial institutions that their technology contracts are lacking when it comes to business continuity
The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has written to financial institutions to highlight deficiencies that have been discovered in some technology contracts when it comes to business continuity.
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• US

eBRP

Organizations should prioritise the ‘digital fitness’ of risk management functions
Organizations should focus on developing stronger digital skills and capacity in their risk function in order to make more informed decisions about risk in a technology-driven world, according to the eighth edition of PwC's Risk In Review study.
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• World

Certificate-related outages frequently impact critical business applications and services
Venafi has released the results of a study of the scale and frequency of certificate-related outages on critical business infrastructure. Over 550 chief information officers from the US, UK, France, Germany and Australia participated in the study.
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• Various

Capital Continuity

An overview of enterprise risk management practices
The ERM Initiative in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University has issued a report which makes ten key observations about how organizations are using enterprise risk management.
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• US/ World

New global study shows deep concern about third-party cyber risk
BitSight and the Center for Financial Professionals (CeFPro) have released the results of a joint study shedding light on how financial institutions are addressing challenges associated with third-party cyber risk.
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• US/ World

Survey: Brexit is far more difficult to prepare for than Y2K
A survey from Eggplant has found that when it comes to an organization’s systems, 57 percent of respondents believe that the impact of Brexit has proved to be far more complex to prepare for than Y2K/the Millennium Bug.
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• UK

Fortress

BSI urges businesses to move towards ‘information resilience’
In today’s quickly evolving cyber landscape, organizations must achieve a state of information resilience in order to safeguard not only their data but also their people, their finances and their reputation. That was the overriding message at the inaugural BSI International Cyber Resilience Exchange which took place recently at The Convention Centre, Dublin.
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• Europe / World

Too much security data holding information security back: many see machine learning as the answer
CyberEdge Group has published its sixth annual Cyberthreat Defense Report (CDR). The report found that IT security’s greatest inhibitor to success is contending with too much security data.
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• World

IoT threats and attacks are increasing, but rely on well-known security weaknesses
A new report from F-Secure finds that Internet of Things related threats and the number of attacks continue to increase, but still rely on well-known security weaknesses, such as unpatched software and weak passwords.
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Risk Logic

NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Continuity Software's new AvailabilityGuard NXG technology ensures resiliency in a hybrid environment
Continuity Software has unveiled its new AvailabilityGuard NXG technology, the next generation of the company's resilience assurance solutions. The new technology is claimed to be the industry's first to detect and prevent outages across a range of IT environments : including on-prem data center / centre, private cloud, public cloud, and any combination.
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• World

Unitrends launches a ‘new breed of backup and recovery appliances’
Unitrends has announced the availability of new Unitrends Recovery Series MAX appliances that give IT departments and MSPs an entire data recovery environment.
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• World

Instinctif Partners launches CrisisCommsOptic
Instinctif Partners has announced that the company has launched the latest product in its family of online diagnostic tools. CrisisCommsOptic is a powerful online benchmarking tool that quickly and effectively allows users to quantify crisis communications readiness...
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• UK / World

Senseon launches AI-based autonomous platform for combatting cyber attacks
Senseon has announces the launch of Senseon Reflex. Built on the company’s award-winning AI Triangulation technology, Senseon Reflex acts autonomously, without human interaction, to halt cyber attacks in companies’ environments before they can spread and cause damage.
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• UK / World

COMPANIES AND MARKETS NEWS

Sungard Availability Services confirms pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan
Sungard Availability Services has officially confirmed that the company will enter a ‘pre-packaged’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on or around May 1st 2019.
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• US / World

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Sungard AS plans 'bankruptcy reboot'
Regional newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, is reporting that Sungard Availability Services plans to file for bankruptcy reorganization.
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• US / World

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