The latest business continuity news from around the world

Continuity Central exists to provide the business continuity, resilience and enterprise risk management professions with news and information. Each week we publish a number of feature articles looking in detail at a relevant area. This listing shows the 20 most popular feature articles from those published during 2019…

1: IT resilience is central to a successful digital transformation
Steve Blow explains that while businesses must remain consistently focussed on digital transformation in order to not fall to the back of the pack, digital transformation efforts could be futile if businesses don’t address and improve their IT resilience.

2: Business continuity trends and challenges 2019: survey results
For the past five years Continuity Central has conducted an online survey asking business continuity professionals about their expectations for the year ahead. This article provides the results of the most recent survey and identifies some interesting changes from previous years…

3: Brexit: the unintentional evolution of a Black Swan event
Geary Sikich explains why he believes that Brexit is a Black Swan event and describes various issues that enterprise risk managers should consider when assessing and managing Brexit risks.

4: Digital transformation: why business continuity and data security are key
Don Boxley looks at some important questions that need to be asked to ensure that business continuity and data security are considered during digital transformation projects.

5: Business continuity and disaster recovery planning for SQL Server
This article by Dave Bermingham provides some practical guidance to help system and database administrators tasked with creating business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

6: An approach to cyber resiliency: unifying cyber security incident response and business continuity
Bringing cyber security incident response and business continuity teams together will enable organizations to better manage cyber resiliency suggests Chandrasekar S.

7: Why being proactive is the key to effective cyber security…
Traditional cyber security is based on protecting the organization with barriers and reacting to any breaches that occur. Dean Moulden explains why this is no longer effective: and why taking a proactive, zero trust, approach is now essential.

8: The importance of cyber due diligence in mergers and acquisition risk management
The need for cyber due diligence in a merger or acquisition of a business is more relevant than ever before. Connor Lattimer, Associate Director at Control Risks, explores the subject, and offers some pointers for risk managers.

9: How many of these ten security cyber mistakes is your organization making?
Andy Pearch, Head of IA Services, CORVID, reflects on ten common mistakes that organizations make when it comes to cyber security. How many do you recognise and what can your organization do to improve?

10: Implementing IoT: transformation without business disruption
While successful Internet of Things (IoT) implementations can bring big benefits, many projects fail with associated business impacts. Jörg Hecke looks at how businesses can make the most of IoT, without impacting on business as usual.

11: To BIA or not to BIA... revisited: final survey results
In June 2017 Continuity Central published the results of a survey which looked at whether attitudes to the business impact analysis (BIA) and risk assessment were changing. Two years on, we repeated the survey to determine whether there has been any development in thinking across the business continuity profession. The final results are now available.

12: Crisis communications lessons from a statement made by the UK National Grid CEO
On August 9th the UK experienced its largest wide-area power outage for over a decade, causing widespread disruption. Following the incident, National Grid CEO John Pettigrew issued a crisis communications statement, which provides some interesting lessons.

13: Results from the 2019 Business Continuity Benchmark Study
During May – July Continuity Central, along with the Business Continuity Institute, Disaster Recovery Institute International, and the Association of Continuity Professionals, assisted ClearView and Assurance with the first annual Business Continuity Benchmark Study. Altogether 1,123 responses were received to a survey for the study; and the results are now available in a report which examines the key findings and identifies best-in class organizational attributes that are most highly correlated with business continuity success.

14: Building an effective computer security incident response team
As the volume and variety of cyber attacks on businesses continue to grow, the need for better incident response has never been greater. Stephen Moore discusses how to build an effective CSIRT and the role it can play in protecting an enterprise in the event of a breach.

15: Edge computing and hyperconvergence: the formula for maximum uptime?
There is plenty of hype around edge computing and hyperconvergence, but how useful are these technology approaches to business continuity? Alan Conboy explains why the combination can help to reduce downtime to the absolute minimum.

16: Disaster recovery testing: how to get it right
With an article prepared for Business Continuity Awareness Week, Ryan Weeks, chief information security officer at Datto shares five tips that business managers and IT teams should follow to help ensure that disaster recovery testing efforts are effective.

17: Has the crisis communications ‘golden hour’ disappeared?
The rapid growth of social media, fuelled by camera-enabled smart phones, is obvious for all to see, and it has had fundamental impacts on society. But what about its impacts on crisis communications? Victoria Cross suggests that it has resulted in the disappearance of the traditional ‘golden hour’.

18: Why automated network security management matters
A 2019 AlgoSec study found that over 42 percent of organizations had experienced an application or network outage caused by a human error or misconfiguration. Kyle Wickert explains why this figure is so high; and why automation is key to improvement.

19: Some thoughts about the BIA debate…
In a response to recent articles about the BIA’s role in business continuity, Dr. David Lindstedt responds, saying that much of the debate is predicated on a misunderstanding and is therefore, naturally, rather unproductive. In this article he seeks to clarify the nature of the debate regarding the value of the business impact analysis (BIA) and proposes new questions for consideration.

20: Dealing with the risks and issues of legacy network architectures
As organizations journey towards digital transformation, they’re increasingly likely to have migrated workloads to the cloud. This raises the challenge of dealing with the issues and risks associated with legacy network architectures that were built for a pre-cloud era. Hubert da Costa explores the subject and suggests a solution.

A big 'thank you' to everyone who contributed to Continuity Central during 2019!

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