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FEATURE ARTICLES

Avalution

HA protection for SQL Server critical applications: the human factor
Sandi Hamilton looks at the importance of considering the human factor when planning and managing high availability environments for critical applications such as SQL Server. She considers inherent organizational issues which result in continuity gaps and discusses the communication and documentation practices that can reduce failures.
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• World

A South African perspective on dealing with COVID-19
Every country has had a different approach to managing COVID-19 but South Africa’s approach has been different to many. This article provides an overview and looks at some implications and learning points from a business continuity point of view.
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• Africa / World

Addressing the risks related to unstructured data through the use of object stores
Unstructured data is proliferating, overwhelming traditional storage architectures and creating both compliance and recovery risks. Matthew Dewey explains why object storage is a promising storage option to help organizations deal with the issue.
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• World

Assurance Software

In a remote work world, it’s time to move past VPN
In the initial rush to rapidly increase remote working as a business continuity measure to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic many organizations deployed an expansion of their Virtual Private Network (VPN). However now is the time to consider better solutions says Brad Peterson.
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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

LATEST NEWS

Daisy

NIST publishes guide to integrating cyber security and enterprise risk management
The US NIST has released a new publication, ‘NISTIR 8286, Integrating Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)’. This aims to promote greater understanding of the relationship between cyber security risk management and ERM, and the benefits of integrating those approaches.
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• US / World

New study shows that agility is one of the keys to resilience
Businesses that have embedded agility into their organizational and decision-making structures are proving more adaptable and resilient in the face of COVID-19 and are bouncing back better than their competitors.
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• UK / World

59 percent of financial services companies suffered application downtime as a result of a DNS attack over the past year
EfficientIP has published survey results that show that organizations in the financial services sector suffer the highest cost per DNS attack, compared to organizations in other industries.
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• World

ClearView

Multi-state data storage is the future say researchers
Scientists at the Arc Centre of Excellence In Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies have published research which says that 'multi-state memory' data storage, which steps 'beyond binary' is expected to become the data storage method of the future.
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• World

How effective has business continuity management been during the COVID-19 pandemic?
A new report written by Denis Žiga from Controllit AG presents the results of a survey of business continuity professionals looking at how business continuity has performed in helping their organizations manage COVID-19 pandemic impacts.
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• World

CIR Business Continuity Awards will now be a virtual event
After previously announcing that the annual CIR Business Continuity Awards presentation was being moved from June to December as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has now been announced that the award ceremony will be a virtual event.
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• UK

Fortress

BCI presents regional awards in APAC and Middle East
The BCI recently presented the winners of its annual business continuity and resilience awards in the APAC and the Middle East regions. Both sets of awards were presented in virtual awards ceremonies.
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• Various

UK Business Secretary urges businesses to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period
In a letter sent to over 600,000 companies across the UK on Monday 12th October, UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma warns businesses that they need to take action now to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.
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• UK

DHS Homeland Threat Assessment highlights key risks
The US Department of Homeland Security has published its 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA), which brings together threat information from across the DHS, including intelligence and operational components.
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• US

Roundup of September’s natural disasters
Aon has released the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred around the world during September 2020.
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• World

COMPANY AND MARKETS NEWS

Fusion Risk Management appoints new Chief Operating Officer
Fusion Risk Management, Inc., has announced it has appointed Judith Tigner as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Tigner will join Fusion’s Executive Leadership Team and will oversee delivery, support, and strategic consulting functions, with a key focus on driving business growth and enhancing the overall client experience for Fusion’s global client base.
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• World

Catalyst Technologies secures $1.8 million to expand enterprise-grade crisis management solutions
With more than 100 customers, including blue-chip companies such as GPT Group, Vicinity Centres, Cbus Super, as well as the University of Sydney, Catalyst Technologies has now raised $1.8 million in seed funding to expand its global reach.
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• Australia

Airmic starts search for new leader as chief executive announces decision to step down
John Ludlow is to step down as chief executive of Airmic, the UK-based risk management association. Mr. Ludlow has been CEO for nearly four years and will remain in his post until his successor is appointed in early 2021.
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• UK

NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Sungard Availability Services introduces new private cloud with fully automated recovery
Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) has introduced a new Private Cloud solution as the focal point of its end-to-end Connected Cloud ecosystem.
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• World

BlackBerry AtHoc and ServiceNow partner to deliver incident response management
BlackBerry Limited has announced it has partnered with ServiceNow to integrate the BlackBerry AtHoc service within the Now platform for rapid crisis communications and IT service management.
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• World

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