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A note from the editor...
I wanted to include a quick note in this week’s Continuity Briefing to explain our current publishing policy. Continuity Central is working hard to provide high quality and timely information on COVID-19 and pandemic planning, however we are also trying to avoid blanket coverage. While the risk-profile will have changed, other business continuity threats have not gone away and it is important not to take our collective eye off the ball when it comes to these areas. So, with this in mind you will find that this and future issues of Continuity Briefing will continue to cover a wide-range of subjects.
David Honour, editor.

FEATURE ARTICLES

ClearView

COVID-19 pandemic updates
This Continuity Central resource section is being regularly updated with situational updates, news, resources, and business continuity information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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• World

Network misconfiguration risks and how to avoid them
Network misconfigurations not only can cause downtime they can be serious security threats. Avivi Siman-Tov discusses the misconfiguration errors that plague businesses and what strategies they can use to prevent them.
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• World

Back to the future: why tape still has a role in business continuity
Peter Faulhaber, President and CEO, FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc. and Chairman of The Active Archive Alliance, explains why tape shouldn’t be considered as an outdated technology.
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• US / World

Daisy

WHO declares COVID-19 pandemic: now is the time to validate your plan
As every business continuity manager will be aware, the World Health Organization has designated the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. What should organizations do in response? The first action is to validate your pandemic plan says Geary W. Sikich…
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• US / World

Human impacts on business continuity: how to create a workplace culture that manages stress
BCI’s latest Horizon Scan Report found that health incidents have replaced IT and telecom outages as the leading cause of disruption for organizations over the past twelve months. Workplace stress is a major contributor to health incidents and, in this article, CABA, the wellbeing charity, shares advice on creating cultures that help to manage stress in the workplace.
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• UK / World

LATEST NEWS

Assurance Software

Bank of England and PRA announce that operational resilience consultation deadline has been extended
As part of a number of measures to reduce the current COVID-19 pressures on banks and regulated firms, the Bank of England and Prudential Regulation Authority will, in line with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), extend the deadline for the ongoing operational resilience consultation.
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• UK

IABM collates COVID-19 related business continuity resources
IABM, the international trade association for Broadcast and Media technology suppliers, has produced a comprehensive ‘virtual repository’ to collate COVID-19 related business continuity resources from around the world.
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• World

US survey reveals gap between business continuity plans and some of the technologies required to implement them
AvidXchange has polled senior leaders at 500 different US businesses looking at their business continuity planning. This research shows that just over 60 percent of businesses have continuity plans in place, but highlights some gaps in the technologies required to implement the plans.
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• US / World

eBRP

Data overload is creating a threat for UK businesses
More than half (51 percent) of senior decision-makers among UK businesses feel overwhelmed by the data generated within their organization, a number that rises to 61 percent among those working in larger companies with over 1,000 employees, according to new research from InterSystems.
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• US / World

New BSI report highlights the current key drivers of global supply chain disruption
BSI has published its Supply Chain Risk Insights 2020 Report that identifies the trends and associated risks impacting global supply chains in the year ahead.
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• World

Warning issued to adopt a heightened state of cyber security when facilitating home working
CISA, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has issued an alert to encourage organizations to adopt a heightened state of cyber security when implementing teleworking in response to COVID-19.
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• US / World

eBRP

Five sustainability trends to monitor to avoid potential risks
As demand for business to demonstrate its sustainability credentials grows, companies are being held accountable by consumers, investors, regulators and other stakeholders and increasingly face reputational damage or legal liabilities if they fail to appropriately manage ESG issues.
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• World

One-third of financial firms lack clear plan to address privacy risks
One-third of financial services organizations lack a clear plan or the resources to address privacy risks related to customer data in the next 12 months, according to a new report by Accenture.
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• US / UK / Europe

Researchers expose vulnerabilities of password managers
Many organizations allow the use of password managers to help users cope with the multitude of frequently changing passwords that they need to use, however some commercial password managers may be vulnerable to cyber attack by fake apps, new academic research suggests.
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• UK / World

Capital Continuity

How misinformation spreads: researchers look at ways of making crisis information on social media more accurate
In an Internet-driven world, social media has become the go-to source of all kinds of information. This is especially relevant in crisis situations, when warnings and risk-related information are actively circulated on social media. But currently, there is no way of determining the accuracy of the information. This has sometimes resulted in the spread of misinformation.
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• World

Link11 warns of an uptick in DDOS attacks, which may disrupt remote working plans
Link11 is warning organizations of an increase in length of DDoS attacks over the past three weeks, which risk disrupting business processes for organizations as they implement large-scale remote working plans for employees following the Coronavirus outbreak.
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• Europe / World

AICPA launches new supply chain risk management reporting framework
To help manufacturers, producers, distribution companies and their customers and business partners identify, assess and address supply chain risks, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has launched ‘SOC for Supply Chain’, a new risk reporting framework.
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• US / World

Risk Logic

Shortlist published for the 22nd Annual Business Continuity Awards
This year's CIR Business Continuity Awards will take place on 4th June in London. The 25 categories ‘celebrate the past year's greatest successes in business continuity, security and resilience'. The shortlist of finalists has been published and is as follows...
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• UK

Unfixable vulnerability in Intel chipsets’ data security says Positive Technologies
Intel has thanked Positive Technologies experts for their discovery of a vulnerability in Intel CSME. Most Intel chipsets released in the last five years contain the vulnerability in question which presents a data security risk to users.
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• World

Fortress

NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

AuditBoard expands platform with new risk management capabilities
AuditBoard, a cloud-based software platform for automating and transforming the way enterprises handle critical risk, audit, and compliance work, has announced the release of AuditBoard RiskOversight, a new, integrated risk management solution.
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• World

New cloud desktop capabilities for business continuity and disaster recovery from Workspot
Workspot, a SaaS platform that enables IT organizations to deliver and manage cloud desktops anywhere in the world, has announced three new business continuity solutions. These include what is claimed to be the industry's first multi-region disaster recovery solution, new capabilities for cloud desktop backup and recovery, and a cloud-based disaster recovery solution for physical PCs.
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• World

Vertiv partners with Uptime Institute to deliver TIER-Ready modular data centres
Vertiv has announced the launch of prefabricated modular (PFM) data centres / centers which have been awarded the Uptime Institute’s TIER-Ready designation of performance resiliency.
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• World

COMPANIES AND MARKETS

ContinuitySA launches business continuity and resilience services Partner Programme
Africa-based ContinuitySA has officially launched a formal Partner Programme. The programme aims to encourage consultants and mid-sized IT companies to partner with ContinuitySA in offering their clients a customised business continuity solution.
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• Africa

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