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FEATURE ARTICLES

Business continuity behavioural insights - a tale from three continents
This article by Patrick Roberts and Peter Noble highlights five behavioural insights that can be applied to any organization trying to manage change and uncertainty as we slowly move towards a post pandemic world. There is no magic algorithm, but these reflections will assist organizations develop and revise their continuity plans.
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• World

Managing crisis fatigue in your organization
More than a year into the pandemic and one can safely say that COVID-19 has taken its toll on our organizations and on humanity in general. The resulting crisis fatigue is a growing problem which operational resilience and business continuity managers need to consider says Chantal Coetzer…
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• South Africa / World

Proposed new UK counter-terror legislation: the implications for businesses
The UK Government is currently consulting on new counter-terror laws which will, amongst other things, impose a new Protect Duty on businesses that are ‘responsible for publicly accessible locations’. Jim Preen explains further…
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• UK

What’s next for endpoint management and security?
One of the challenges that the pandemic has created for organizations is endpoint management and security and too many organizations are failing to address these issues. Ken Galvin describes the extent of the problem and what organizations should be doing about it.
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• World

Handling the backup challenge that comes with the remote work explosion
The worldwide move to remote work in the past year has brought business continuity challenges as well as advantages. Backup management is one such challenge and in this article, four technology experts from Commvault answer key questions in this area.
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• World

LATEST NEWS

Strengthening resilience is the key to success in 2021: PwC survey
PwC's second Global Crisis Survey looks at the worldwide business community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 2,800 business leaders shared data and insights, representing organizations of all sizes, in 29 industries and across 73 countries.
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• World

Cloud usage, management, security, and downtime explored in new study
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and AlgoSec have announced the results of a new survey, the ‘State of Cloud Security Concerns, Challenges, and Incidents’. The study, which queried nearly 1,900 IT and security professionals from a variety of organizational sizes and locations, sought to gain deeper insight into the cloud environment which has grown more complex since the onset of the pandemic.
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• World

The eight top current security and risk management trends
Security and risk management leaders must address eight top trends to enable rapid reinvention in their organization, as COVID-19 accelerates digital business transformation and challenges traditional cyber security practices, according to Gartner, Inc.
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• World

Three months into Brexit completion, half of businesses have faced disruption
A YouGov survey of 2,046 UK business decision makers has found that just over half (52 percent) say that their company has experienced disruption since the beginning of the year as a result of Brexit-related issues.
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• UK

World Economic Forum publishes six ‘Principles for Board Governance of Cyber Risk’
The World Economic Forum has released a new ‘Insight Report’ that outlines six globally applicable principles to aid board directors in governing cyber risk. The paper is designed as a reference for corporate directors as they set their organization’s cyber security strategy and engage with stakeholders on the issue of cyber risk.
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• World

UK financial regulators publish operational resilience policy documents
The Bank of England, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have published policy documents on operational resilience, which are the results of a long-running consultation period.
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• UK

ASIS publishes updated business continuity guidance standard
ASIS has released its latest business continuity guidance standard, ASIS BCM-2021. Called ‘Business Continuity Management Guideline’, this replaces the ‘Business Continuity Guideline: A Practical Approach for Emergency Preparedness, Crisis Management, and Disaster Recovery’.
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• US / World

UK government survey shows that two in five UK businesses experienced cyber attacks in the last year
Two in five UK businesses (39 percent) report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months, according to new figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
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• UK

European Central Bank report captures pandemic business continuity lessons
The European Central Bank (ECB) has published a new report, ‘Best practices applied by financial market infrastructures in their business continuity plans during the COVID-19 pandemic’.
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• Europe

The Fifth Annual Global State of the WAN Report
Aryaka has published its fifth annual 2021 State of the WAN report, which surveyed over 1350 global IT and network practitioners at enterprises spanning all verticals, headquartered in NA, APAC and EMEA. The survey asked respondents about their networking and performance challenges, priorities and their plans for 2021 and beyond.
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• World

BCI Horizon Scan Report 2021 available: identifies emerging risks for 2021
The BCI has published its annual Horizon Scan Report, sponsored this year by BSI. The Horizon Scan Report 2021 identifies emerging risks as identified by business continuity professionals around the world.
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• World

Business continuity planning needs to explicitly address expected rise in civil unrest: AGCS
Damages, disturbances and, ultimately, losses from riots, protests, vandalism or other forms of civil unrest are now among the main political risk exposures for companies, with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic likely to drive further activity, according to the latest issue of Global Risk Dialogue from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS).
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• World

NCSC issues insider threat guide for US critical infrastructure entities
The US National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has published 'Insider Threat Mitigation for U.S. Critical Infrastructure Entities: Guidelines from an Intelligence Perspective'. The new publication focuses on the human threats to US critical infrastructure including employees at critical infrastructure organizations who may be exploited by foreign adversaries.
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• World

State of Remote Work Report reveals top security issues
archTIS and subsidiary Nucleus Cyber have announced the publication of the 2021 State of Remote Work Security report that was produced in collaboration with Cybersecurity Insiders.
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• World

Survey finds that 58 percent of data backups fail when restoration is attempted
Data protection challenges are undermining organizations’ abilities to execute digital transformation (DX) initiatives globally, according to the Veeam Data Protection Report 2021, which found that 58 percent of backups fail, leaving data unprotected.
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• World

Reform of UK corporate governance law proposes annual 'Resilience Statement'
The UK government has launched a consultation on reforms to the country’s audit and corporate governance regime. This includes the proposed introduction of a Resilience Statement that would require larger companies to report on business continuity, supply chain resilience, and digital security risks.
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• UK

CISA gives details of a tool it has developed for detecting post-compromise threat activity
The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CSIA) has published details of the CHIRP indicators of compromise (IOC) detection tool which it is making freely available.
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• US

DDoS attacks reached a record high in 2020 and became increasingly complex
Link11 has released findings from its DDoS Report for 2020, which reveal that DDoS attacks reached a record high during the pandemic as cybercriminals launched new and increasingly complex attacks.
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• World

Company and markets news

Accenture and Ripjar help Shell transform risk screening by applying artificial intelligence across its global supply chain
Accenture and Ripjar are collaborating with Royal Dutch Shell to further enhance risk screening within its global supply chain using artificial intelligence (AI). Shell is leveraging Accenture’s industry experience and risk expertise to configure Ripjar’s AI technology for analysis of its supply chain.
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• World

New products and services

AWS introduces the ‘Fault Injection Simulator’
AWS has announced the availability of the AWS Fault Injection Simulator (FIS). This new service will help organizations perform controlled experiments on AWS workloads by injecting faults and determining the results.
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• World

Exabeam new product looks to solve alert fatigue and prevent breaches
Exabeam has announced Exabeam Alert Triage, a new cloud-native application that will help security analysts deal with the overwhelming number of alerts coming at them each day from a myriad of third-party vendor tools.
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• World

Castellan Solutions launches integrated operational resilience and business continuity platform
Castellan Solutions has announced the launch of a new SaaS solution – offering a fully integrated software suite that uses automation and intelligence to solve operational resilience, business continuity, crisis management, and emergency notification challenges within one platform.
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• World

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