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Business continuity news and information: Middle East

DDoS attacks increasing as a business continuity threat to EMEA organizations
Survey shows more than a third of multiple DDoS attacks affected impacted businesses for more than 24 hours.

Shortlist for BCI Middle East Awards published
The BCI’s Middle East business continuity and resilience Awards will take place on 11th May 2015 in Doha, Qatar.

Revised version of UAE business continuity standard now available
The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority has published an updated version of the country’s business continuity standard.

BCI Middle East Awards are now open for entries
The BCI Middle East Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of business continuity professionals and organizations living in or operating in the Middle East.

Qatar Stock Exchange conducts a successful sector-wide business continuity test
The scenario involved a major disaster striking QSE premises and primary data centre/center during the pre-opening phase of the trading session.

Dubai Smart Government to develop a shared disaster recovery site for 28 Dubai government entities
Dubai Smart Government has announced a partnership with Etisalat to provide a unified shared disaster recovery site.

Concern about MERS-CoV has ‘significantly increased’: WHO IHR Emergency Committee
WHO statement after the Fifth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV.

International SOS sees surge in MERS-CoV advice requests
International SOS clients are proactively reviewing their outbreak business continuity and pandemic plans.

The winners of the BCI Middle East Awards
The 2014 BCI Middle East Awards were presented on 7th May as part of the integral BCI Middle East Conference in Dubai.

WHO IHR Emergency Committee experts meet for MERS-CoV evaluation
MERS-CoV situation continues to worry WHO but has not yet become a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Syrian stock exchange says that it has business continuity plans in place for a US-led military strike
The National, a UAE based publication, has published an interesting interview with Mamoun Hamdan, the chief executive at the Damascus Securities Exchange, about its current business continuity strategies.

MERS-CoV situation is serious but not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern: WHO
The second meeting of the WHO Emergency Committee convened to discuss MERS-CoV was held by teleconference on Wednesday, 17th July 2013.

WHO convenes Emergency Committee meetings on MERS-CoV
The Emergency Committee is made up of international experts to provide technical advice to the WHO Director-General in the context of a ‘public health emergency of international concern.’

The winners of the BCI Middle East Awards 2013
The Business Continuity Institute presented its 2013 business continuity awards at an event in Dubai on 29th May.

Novel Coronavirus named as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
MERS-CoV currently displays a 50 percent mortality rate and “Is a threat to the entire world,” according to World Health Organization Director-General.

New business continuity management standard launched in United Arab Emirates
The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority has developed the first Arabic business continuity management standard.

Hacktivism proves to be a very real threat to business continuity
Saudi Aramco attack highlights an evolutionary step in hacktivism.

Business continuity exercise takes place at the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait
BBK chairman and board members participated in the exercise.

Arab States set to expand disaster databases
UNISDR recently brought together over 40 participants from 15 Arab countries to discuss and exchange experiences on establishing national disaster loss databases.

New thinking for new media
Business continuity managers have traditionally seen the media as something of a threat; but a different approach can bring big benefits. By Abdullah Al Hour, MBCI.

The Second Middle East Business Continuity Management Survey report
Business continuity management trends in nine Middle East countries.

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