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FEATURE ARTICLES

Tips for creating a cyber security risk assessment
While most organizations have been conducting regular risk assessments in traditional areas for many years, cyber risk assessments are still in their infancy for many. Here Barry O'Donnell offers some tips to ensure that there are no gaps in your cyber risk assessments.
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• World

As business continuity and information security move closer together, how can the NIST framework help?
Steve Burden and David Davies look at the NIST framework and its role in cyber threat protection & incident response. They explain why it’s important that cyber response plans link to BC and ICT continuity plans.
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• World

Is your disaster recovery strategy robust enough for today’s environment?
This back to basics article written by the team at OGL Computer offers insights into why DR is so important, how even common DR strategies can sometimes fail, and why today’s business environment mean it's time for a radical rethink of older strategies.
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• UK / World

Why ‘build your own app’ is becoming the next security headache
Hybrid working models and the growing availability of easy to use app-building tool kits could spur the start of a ‘build your own application’ trend. Companies need to be aware and need to consider the associated security threats says Ben Field.
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LATEST NEWS

Report highlights critical gaps for APAC boards in business continuity, GRC, cyber security, and digital governance
Tricor Group and the Financial Times Board Director Programme have co-released the inaugural Asia Pacific Board Director Barometer Report, uncovering corporate board sentiments on COVID-19 disruptions globally with a focus on Australia and other APAC markets.
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• Australia and Asia Pacific

Survey highlights growing requirements for insider risk management
According to a recent commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Code42, insider risk management (IRM) is of greater concern now for 74 percent of companies than it was before the pandemic.
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• US

Q1 2021 sees another large jump in DDoS attacks
Link11 has released its DDoS report for Q1 2021, which revealed that the number of DDoS attacks recorded was more than double the number of attacks seen in the same period in the previous year.
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• World

Winners of the BCI Americas Awards 2021 announced
The BCI presented its 2021 BCI Americas Awards during a virtual ceremony on April 29th. The awards recognize outstanding contributions in the areas of business continuity, risk, and resilience.
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• Various

Cyber security control failures are the top emerging risk: Gartner poll
In a global poll of 165 senior executives across function and geography for the latest Gartner, Inc. Emerging Risks Monitor Report, ‘Cybersecurity control failures’ was listed as the top emerging risk in the first quarter of 2021.
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Legislation introduced in the US to help public and private sector organizations better respond to large scale cyber attacks
US Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide additional resources and better coordination for serious cyber attacks or breaches.
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• US

Check Point Research points to growing use of Telegram app for remote control of new malware
Check Point Research (CPR) is warning of a growing cyber threat in which hackers use Telegram, the instant messaging app with over 500 million active users, as a command and control system to distribute malware to organizations.
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• World

Pandemic home working: downtime resulting from network security issues still a problem for many
More than a year after the mass shift to remote working, over half (54 percent) of organizations are still experiencing downtime and disruption as a result of network security issues according to new data from the Neustar International Security Council (NISC).
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• World

Building organizational resilience through strategic internal communication and organization–employee relationships
A paper published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research looks at employee communication aspects of organizational resilience.
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• US / World

3rd Annual Outage Analysis published by Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute has announced the findings of its Annual Outage Analysis, which highlights that while improvements have been made with technology and better management of availability, outages remain a major industry, customer, and regulatory concern.
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New global partnership launched to prepare for future pandemics
A new G7-led International Pandemic Preparedness Partnership (PPP) has been launched to help ensure that the world is prepared for the next pandemic. The PPP will be chaired by UK Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and provide its first report to leaders at June’s G7 Summit.
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• World

61 percent of organizations experienced ransomware impacts in 2020
The annual Mimecast ‘The State of Email Security’ report has been released and shows that enterprises faced unprecedented cyber security risk in 2020 from increasing attack volume, the pandemic-driven digital transformation of work, and generally deficient cyber preparedness and training.
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Organizations know they need better supply chain resilience but lack the means to achieve this
According to the 2021 Supply Chain Insights Global Survey from IHS Markit, supply chain professionals want to improve supply chain resilience but often lack the tools, data and platforms needed to diversify their supply chains and optimize their processes.
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New report looks back at 40 years of incidents and their impact
Aon and Pentland Analytics have published ‘Respecting the Grey Swan’, a new report detailing the impact that crises have on reputation and shareholder value, and emphasizing the need for organizations to recalibrate their approach to risk and crisis in a highly volatile world.
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Less than half of organizations report tracking non-cyber security reputation risks
A new report from Prevalent, ‘2021 Third Party Risk Management Study: Looking Beneath the Cyber Risk Surface’, provides insights into current trends, challenges, and initiatives impacting third-party risk management practitioners worldwide.
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Basel Committee publishes work programme and strategic priorities for 2021-22 – op res on the agenda
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has set out its work programme for 2021-22, this includes a focus on pandemic response and recovery and operational resilience regulation.
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The COVID-19 pandemic saw the mobile attack surface expand dramatically: report
Check Point has published its 2021 Mobile Security Report. The report examines the latest emerging threats targeting enterprise mobile devices, and gives a comprehensive overview of the major trends in mobile malware, device vulnerabilities, and in nation-state cyber attacks.
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New products and services

Zerto announces Zerto Backup for SaaS, powered by Keepit
Zerto has announced the availability of Zerto Backup for SaaS powered by Keepit, a cloud backup and recovery solution designed to manage and protect cloud SaaS data. The solution includes coverage for the most widely-used SaaS solutions, including Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Salesforce, and Google Workspace.
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• World

meQuilibrium offers system to integrate organizational and individual
meQuilibrium, a provider of digital workforce resilience solutions, has announces significant new enhancements to its solution set, now delivering an integrated system to address the urgent need for overall organizational resilience.
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• World

Next Peak launches Geo Cyber Risk Index to provide multidimensional view of country specific risks to monitor global cyber exposure
Next Peak has launched the Geo Cyber Risk Index (GCRI). The GCRI is a composite risk index that provides a multidimensional view of country-specific cyber risks enabling multinational organizations to monitor and manage global cyber exposure.
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