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Daisy

Options for fully and quickly recovering from a major Azure cloud outage
Jonathan Meltzer examines four different options for ensuring application-level continuity through high availability and disaster recovery provisions in a hybrid or exclusively Azure cloud environment.
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• US / World

Four IT infrastructure predictions for 2019
What IT infrastructure changes can business continuity and risk managers expect to have to prepare for during 2019? Stephen Long makes four predictions – and cloud is central to them.
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• World

Blockchain and AI will take data backup and downtime control to the next level
Alex Sakaguchi believes that in 2019 we will see more innovators experimenting with blockchain use cases that demonstrate many of the blockchain data protection benefits; he also believes that the predictive capabilities that artificial intelligence (AI) offers can give organizations more control over downtime.
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• US / World

ClearView

Ten information security and data protection predictions for 2019
BeyondTrust experts Morey Haber, chief technology officer, and Brian Chappell, senior director, Enterprise & Solutions Architecture make ten predictions for developments in information security, cyber risks and data protection during 2019.
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• US / World

Seasonal shopping days: advice for retailers on avoiding damaging downtime
Any downtime on seasonal shopping days, such as Black Friday, could cost a retail business huge amounts, and lead to disgruntled customers. To help IT teams prepare for seasonal shopping days, six IT experts give their tips for maintaining availability...
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• World

Business continuity trends and challenges 2019
For the past five years Continuity Central has conducted an online survey asking business continuity professionals about their expectations for the year ahead. We are repeating the survey again this year: please take part to help us identify trends that the profession needs to be aware of.
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• World

Capital Continuity

Ten cyber security predictions for 2019
It’s the time of year where we start looking ahead to the New Year and the possible changes that may occur in the threat landscape. In this article, Ian Kilpatrick makes ten predictions for changes that may occur in the cyber security environment.
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• World

Managing mission critical applications in 2019
2019 could see major changes in the way that organizations manage their mission critical applications. Jerry Melnick looks at developments that he expects to see in the areas of cloud, high availability, DevOps, IT operations analytics and artificial intelligence.
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• World

Five steps for successfully implementing an ISO 27001 risk assessment framework
Gemma Platt shares five critical steps that businesses need to take in order to embed and embrace ISO 27001 risk assessments within their data protection processes.
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• UK / World

NEWS ARTICLES

Fortress

Business impacts of security breaches highlighted by new survey
Research conducted on behalf of payment security specialists PCI Pal has found that 41 percent of UK consumers will never return to a brand or a business following a security breach, representing a significant loss of revenue.
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• UK

ECB publishes cyber resilience oversight expectations
The European Central Bank (ECB) has published information about its final cyber resilience oversight expectations for financial market infrastructures (FMIs). Cyber resilience is an important aspect of FMIs’ operational resilience says the ECB; and is therefore also a factor affecting the overall resilience of the financial system and the broader economy.
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• Europe

Report looks at the international development of cyber security standards for the Internet of Things
The US Interagency International Cybersecurity Standardization Working Group (IICS WG) has published a new report which presents the findings of its Internet of Things (IoT) Task Group's examination of current cyber security standards for the IoT.
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• US / World

Lootok

Study finds that global firms recognize importance of business resilience but are struggling to take action
New survey results, released by Tanium, show significant gaps in business resilience across organizations globally. The Resilience Gap study found that while 96 percent of global business decision makers believe that making technology resilient to business disruptions should be core to their firm's wider business strategy, the reality is very different.
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• World

Large increases in DDoS attacks on e-commerce providers seen on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Link11 has released data showing DDoS attacks were at their highest levels in November on two of the busiest online trading days of the year. On Black Friday, Link11’s Security Operations Centre saw DDoS attacks on e-commerce providers increase by over 70 percent compared with other days in November. On Cyber Monday, attacks increased by 109 percent compared with the November average.
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• World

FCA surveys cyber and technology resilience in UK financial firms
The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the results of a survey of 296 financial sector firms which assessed their technology and cyber resilience capabilities.
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• UK

Risk Logic

Many organizations are failing to evaluate business continuity risks across their cloud services
Despite sensitive data being increasingly moved to the cloud, research carried out by Databarracks reveals that over 60 percent of organizations have not evaluated the business continuity risks for their cloud services over the past year.
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• UK / World

New report reveals a sharp increase in scale and complexity of DDoS attacks in Q3 2018
Link11 has published its Q3 DDoS Report, revealing that the scale and volume of attacks continued to grow in Europe during Q3 2018. The Link11 Security Operation Center (LSOC) registered a total of 15,934 attacks in the period (averaging over 175 attacks per day), an increase of 71 percent over the previous quarter.
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• Europe / UK

Researchers show how synthetic fingerprints can be created to bypass biometric security systems
Fingerprint authentication systems are a widely trusted, ubiquitous form of biometric authentication, deployed on billions of smartphones and other devices worldwide. Yet a new study from New York University Tandon School of Engineering reveals a surprising level of vulnerability in these systems.
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• US / World

eBRP

2018 BYOD Report: more than half of companies see rise in mobile security threats
Bitglass has released its 2018 BYOD Security Report. The analysis is based on a survey of nearly 400 enterprise IT experts who revealed the state of BYOD and mobile device security in their organizations.
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• World

Cyber attacks on power and utility supplies are a genuine threat say industry CEOs
Nearly half of power and utility CEOs are concerned cyber attacks are imminent, according to results released from KPMG’s 2018 Global CEO Study.
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• World

Businesses lack consensus on who should shoulder responsibility for information security
Responsibility for information security is not falling to any one senior executive function, according to the 2018 Risk:Value report from NTT Security, which surveyed 1,800 senior decision makers from non-IT functions in global organizations.
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• World

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority releases cyber resilience standard
APRA, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, has released the final version of its new Prudential Standard CPS 234, which is focused on resilience against information security incidents.
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• Australia

UK financial sector conducts cyber resilience exercise
On Friday 9th November 2018, the Bank of England, in partnership with industry and other UK financial authorities (HM Treasury and Financial Conduct Authority), hosted a one-day exercise designed to test the financial sector’s resilience to a major cyber incident impacting the UK.
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• UK

Business continuity leads the benefits of cloud adoption
Syncsort has published results from a survey exploring current and future use of cloud computing. Responses revealed that, while adoption is high with 78 percent using or planning to use cloud in the future, most organizations lack a formal strategy to realize the full benefits.
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• World

Enterprises must triage more than 100 critical vulnerabilities a day, according to research
Tenable, Inc., has published its latest Vulnerability Intelligence Report, which provides an overview of real-world current vulnerability trends and insights into how organizations assess and respond to new cyber risks.
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• World

Data in the cloud may be more exposed than organizations think: report
McAfee has released its Cloud Adoption and Risk Report, which analyzed billions of events in anonymised customers production cloud use to assess the current state of cloud deployments and to uncover risks.
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• World

Warning given to organizations to plan for Windows 10 migration deadline
A new study from WinMagic has found that organizations are largely unprepared for when support of older versions of Microsoft’s Windows OS will be withdrawn in January 2020.
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• World

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