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Why ‘new normal’ resilience is built upon enterprise-wide workplace transformation
Gary Harrold, Chief Executive Officer at Swiss Post Solutions UK & Ireland highlights some of the lessons that can be learned from the current pandemic for improving future operational resilience practices.
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• UK / World

Four common business continuity misconceptions
For any business leader considering implementing business continuity for the first time - or indeed anyone who has a plan and would like to improve it - it’s important to address four common misconceptions that can cause confusion and limit effectiveness says Jeff Keyes.
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• World

Are you practicing good cyber hygiene? How to clean up your security approach
We hear a lot about good hygiene these days, especially when it comes to personal hygiene. In fact, hygiene has never been more important as a way to protect ourselves and our families. The same is true for protecting an enterprise’s data assets says Dan Garcia.
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• World

Daisy

Business continuity through a COVID-19 lens
COVID-19 has brought business continuity under scrutiny, with the opportunity to enhance resilience into the future. Padma Naidoo looks at what worked and how this will influence business continuity in the future…
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• Africa / World

‘Cascading Failures in Internet of Things: Review and Perspectives on Reliability and Resilience’
Interactions and dependencies between IoT devices can result in cascading failures. A new paper published by the IEEE Internet of Things Journal explores this area and looks at resilience measures.
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• World

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

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LATEST NEWS

‘The Future of Business Continuity and Resilience’ – a new report from the BCI
The BCI, in association with FortressAS, has published a new report looking at how business continuity and resilience may develop following the shake-up that the pandemic has given the profession.
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• World

Future climate risks being discussed in boardrooms but few organizations have plans in place
Climate risks are being discussed in Britain’s boardrooms, but the majority of businesses have yet to implement a clear plan, according to new research from KPMG. The firm questioned more than 160 business leaders, representing a range of industries from across the UK on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) credentials.
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• UK

Assurance Software

Researchers warn that the COVID-19 pandemic may be followed by a period of significant social unrest
From the Black Death to the Spanish Flu, history teaches that social tension accumulated over an epidemic can lead to significant episodes of rebellion, according to a study by Massimo Morelli and Roberto Censolo from Bocconi University.
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• Europe / World

Collaboration between various state cyber agencies results in comprehensive technical guidance for incident response
A joint advisory has been issued which presents the result of a collaborative research effort by the cyber security authorities of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US. It highlights technical approaches to uncovering malicious activity and includes mitigation steps according to best practices.
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• Various

Avalution

61 percent of companies have experienced an insider attack over the last year says report
Bitglass has released its 2020 Insider Threat Report, which looks at the state of enterprise security as it pertains to insider threats. Bitglass partnered with a cyber security community and surveyed IT professionals to understand how their businesses balance budgetary and data protection concerns while defending against insider threats.
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• US / World

New global ransom DDOS campaign targets organizations in finance, travel, and e-commerce
Since the middle of August, Radware has been tracking several extortion requests from threat actors. Letters are being delivered via email and typically contain victim-specific data such as Autonomous System Numbers (ASN) or IP addresses of servers or services they will target if demands are not fulfilled.
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• US / World

eBRP

Many businesses did not evaluate business continuity risks for cloud services prior to switching to remote working
New research from Databarracks shows that just 46 percent of UK organizations surveyed had evaluated their business continuity risks for cloud services compared with on-premises IT in the months before widespread remote working – and the accompanying growth in the use of cloud applications – began.
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• UK

DDoS-for-hire threat landscape continues to grow
Radware has highlighted the continued growth of the DDoS-for-hire industry, despite global efforts in the last two years from law enforcement agencies, independent researchers and corporations to curb growth through a series of takedowns and arrests.
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• World

RiskRes

‘Clearing the Cloudiness of SaaS: A SaaS Continuity Control Certification Framework’
A Masters thesis by N.P. Xavier from the Utrecht University Faculty of Science looks at the requirement for maintaining the continuity and availability of SaaS applications and proposes a certification framework.
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• Europe / World

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise releases series of videos on building resilient businesses
To help businesses build resilience in the wake of COVID-19, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) has teamed up with Deloitte and PwC to create a new video series. Insights in the series have been drawn from NZTE’s Export Business Continuity Service workshops, which helped more than 400 companies navigate the fallout from COVID-19.
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• New Zealand

Fortress

National Preparedness Month starts in the United States
September 1 was the beginning of National Preparedness Month (NPM), which seeks to encourage communities and business across the US to prepare for all types of emergencies and disasters.
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• US

New research looks at how US organizations used AI to support business continuity during the pandemic
IPsoft has published new research, in partnership with Censuswide, examining the uptake of AI during the COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact on the American workforce.
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• US

Most firms say business continuity plans have been a success during pandemic: Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland
A survey of 600 members of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI) has shown how important business continuity planning has been in helping Irish businesses respond effectively to the COVID pandemic and stay afloat over the last few months.
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• Europe

Risk Logic

COMPANY AND MARKETS NEWS

Sungard AS uses workarea recovery facilities to launch Serviced Workplace offering across the UK
Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) has announced the opening of ‘Serviced Workplaces’ in seven sites across the UK. This service will offer production office space which is tailored to individual customer requirements.
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• UK

Zerto highlights DR-to-Cloud Trend with rapid adoption of Azure
Zerto has highlighted cloud technology and growth trends among its customer base for the first half of 2020. Zerto’s customers are pursuing the disaster recovery (DR)-to-cloud trend with rapid global adoption of Microsoft Azure.
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• US / World

New niche business publisher to target global compliance and risk audience
CCI Media Group LLC has announced the launch of CCI Press, an independent imprint that will publish business and career-related books targeting readers in corporate compliance, risk management and business ethics.
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• US / World

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