This newsletter highlights all the feature articles published on Continuity Central during March 2021, as well as various resources.

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FEATURE ARTICLES

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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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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How to beat crisis fatigue and build resilience with microsimulations
How do you get executive and operational teams re-engaged in risk preparedness and build resilience after the world has gone through a crisis and everyone is fatigued? Marcus Vaughan says that microsimulations are a helpful approach…
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Cyber security and the organizational servomechanism
An organization's stability and adaptability functions are controlled by the ‘organizational servomechanism’ (OSM). In this article, Alberto G. Alexander, Ph.D, MBCI, describes a step by step process to address cyber security risks affecting the OSM and gives some recommendations for developing associated continuity strategies.
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Vital records protection: know the risks and take precautions
Protection of vital company records is a cornerstone of business continuity and failure in this area can irreparably harm the organization. Dave Hochman explains why, when protecting vital records, organizations shouldn’t forget about older forms of protection in the rush to digitalization.
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• US / World

An independent review of the latest NCEMA business continuity standard revision and why it deserves wider use
Hilary Estall MBCI, IRCA BCMS Lead Auditor is a business continuity practitioner and seasoned management system Lead Auditor. Here she offers an insight into the recent publication of NCEMA 7000:2021, the third edition of the UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority’s business continuity management standard.
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• Middle East / World

Trends and developments in ransomware
Ransomware has rapidly become the key cyber threat to organizations globally, with the number of bad actors increasing and extortion tactics evolving. Joseph Buckley looks at trends in this area and how the ransomware threat is likely to develop in the future.
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• UK / World

Cyber security: three reasons why you may be protecting the wrong thing
For too long now, organizations have been focusing on protecting their network, when in fact they should have been protecting their data. Paul German outlines three reasons why this has been the case and why it matters.
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• UK / World

RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

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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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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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

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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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

Mental health: the emerging workforce crisis facing many organizations
A Gartner survey shows how the COVID-19 pandemic may be a catalyst for a large emerging threat facing organizations: the mental health of employees. Gartner surveyed more than 5,000 employees in the fourth quarter of 2020 and found that more than one-quarter of the workforce (29 percent) described itself as depressed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Cyber ‘arms race’ is at a tipping point says the 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report
Threat actors are weaponizing cloud storage and using advanced cloud-based tools to create record ransomware attack effectiveness and volume, according to the 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report.
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HP research shows that the vast majority of malware is still delivered by email
HP has published its latest Quarterly Threat Insights Report, providing analysis of real-world attacks against customers worldwide. The report found that 88 percent of malware was delivered by email into users’ inboxes, in many cases having bypassed gateway filters.
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IBHS's latest business continuity planning toolkit now available in Spanish
The US Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has released a Spanish version of its latest free business continuity planning toolkit, Open For Business-EZ, (better known as OFB-EZ).
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• US

Confidence in organizational resilience increases according to BSI survey
Despite the challenges of 2020, business leaders' confidence in the resilience of their organizations has risen, according to BSI’s fourth annual Organizational Resilience Index report, which surveyed 500 senior leaders across the globe.
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Consumer product companies and retailers plan to overhaul their supply chain strategies for better resilience
A new report from the Capgemini Research Institute examining the impact of the past year’s disruption on consumer products and retail (CP&R) supply chains, has found that 66 percent of organizations say their strategy will change significantly in the next 3 years, as they adapt to the pandemic and embed resiliency into their operations.
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Data risk management practices failing to keep up with the evolution of information sharing
Veritas Technologies has published the results from new research, The Veritas Hidden Threat of Business Collaboration Report. This polled 12,500 office workers across ten countries and shows that employees are exposing companies to risk by taking data out of the control of businesses that employ them.
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• World

Cyber security: moving from cyber prevention to cyber resilience
The pandemic is accelerating distributed service architectures, which is driving changes to the security landscape. Changes in working practices are exposing different attacks, altering the types and severity of threats an organization is exposed to.
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• World

US electricity grid resilience: climate change is expected to have far-reaching effects
The US GAO has published a new report looking at the future resilience of the country’s electricity grid. The report ‘Electricity Grid Resilience: Climate Change Is Expected to Have Far-reaching Effects and DOE and FERC Should Take Actions’ says that climate change is expected to affect every aspect of the electricity grid...
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• US

Report warns that the workplace risks due to COVID-19 are being downplayed in the UK
New research from think tank, the Institute of Employment Rights (IER), has found the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace remains significant and is being ‘dangerously downplayed by the UK government’s light-touch approach’.
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• UK

New report shows how business continuity requirements are driving business model changes
Over the past few years, enterprises have been sailing the digital transformation voyage at their own pace. But due to the pandemic, they were forced to accelerate their initiatives. Digital became a necessary prerequisite to survive and thrive in this COVID era.
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• US / World

IDC develops a Digital Resiliency Framework to guide required technology investments and organizational changes
A new report from IDC presents a new Digital Resiliency Framework that ‘shows CEOs, CIOs, and other business leaders how technology can support the entire organization through the different stages of any business crisis’.
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• US / World

3rd edition of ‘ISO 22300 Security and resilience - Vocabulary’ now available
ISO has announced that the latest edition of ISO 22300 has been published. Entitled ‘Security and resilience - Vocabulary’, ISO 22300 replaces the previous 2018 edition.
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• World

The BCI publishes its 2021 Supply Chain Resilience Report
The BCI has released its annual Supply Chain Resilience Report, this year sponsored by Everstream Analytics. The report ‘looks at the current status of supply chains across the globe and how they have been impacted by the events of the last 12 months’.
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Survey finds that organizations experience high levels of unauthorized access to cloud resources
CloudSphere has published the findings of its new report ‘In the Dark: Why Enterprise Blind Spots are Leaving Sensitive Enterprise Data Vulnerable to Breaches’, conducted by Dimensional Research.
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Facility managers say pandemic has increased the importance of physical security in their organizations
According to the new 2021 Brivo Smart Security Trends Report, 75 percent of respondents said the COVID pandemic has increased the importance of physical security in their organizations. Additionally, 60 percent of respondents said they either see a need for immediate cloud-based technology upgrades or are considering it in the near future.
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• World

ASIS publishes new Physical Asset Protection Standard
ASIS International has announced the availability of its latest standard. The new Physical Asset Protection Standard replaces and consolidates the Security Management System: Physical Asset Protection and the Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline.
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• US / World

Half of organizations fear that remote working has increased cyber breach risks
LogMeIn has released a new survey report conducted in partnership with IDG to understand the relationship between IT and productive, safe remote work. working arrangement, many are re-evaluating the solutions they need.
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• UK / World

Institute of Directors in Ireland survey looks at business continuity take up
A new survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland reveals that almost 8 out of 10 (78 percent) of business leaders in that country say their organization had a business continuity plan in place in advance of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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