This newsletter highlights all the feature articles published on Continuity Central during November 2019 as well as various resources.

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FEATURE ARTICLES

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Embedding resilience into your cloud-based modernisation strategy
As part of strategies to transform and modernise organizations are increasingly adopting cloud-first strategies. This provides an ideal opportunity to embed resilience. In this article John Young looks at the requirement to make three core components of modernisation more resilient: people, applications and IT.
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• UK / World

A review of the business resilience issues facing the food sector in 2020
The past year has seen a range of issues coming to the fore that have had a significant impact on business resilience and continuity in the food sector. Three in particular stand out and will continue to have a major impact throughout 2020, namely food allergies; food fraud; and climate change. Victoria Cross provides an overview…
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• UK / World

Protests and demonstrations: keeping your colleagues safe
Protests and demonstrations have never been far from the headlines during 2019. In response, have you provided employees with guidance on what they should do if they get caught up in a protest that has turned violent? Steve Dance offers some pointers…
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• World

Daisy

Ransomware in 2020: how the threat is likely to develop
Cybercriminals are looking for new revenue streams from ransomware. Simon Jelley explores how this requirement is likely to drive the evolution of ransomware in the year ahead and looks at the changes that organizations need to make in response.
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• World

It’s time for a paradigm shift in the way we view cyber security…
Effective cybersecurity begins in the boardroom: organizations need to adopt a top-down approach to cyber security if they are to successfully navigate today’s hostile digital landscape says Paul Rose.
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• UK / World

Predictions for 2020: how data centres will develop and trends to be aware of
Jackson Lee, Vice President of Corporate Development, at Colt Data Centre Services, looks ahead to 2020 and the technology, market, and regulatory trends that will impact data centres / centers around the world.
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• UK / World

Assurance Software

Business continuity trends and challenges 2020
For the past six years Continuity Central has conducted an online survey asking business continuity professionals about their expectations for the year ahead. This survey is being repeated again this year and the survey is now live.
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• World

Using a structured exercise programme to verify business continuity strategies
Most organizations understand the requirement to exercise business continuity strategies, but fewer appreciate that a structured programme of different exercise types is a good verification practice. Charlie Maclean Bristol, FBCI, FEPS, explains…
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• UK / World

Capital Continuity

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?
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• UK / World

Ransomware: how hyperconverged systems can help reduce the attack surface
Ransomware has never been far from the headlines during 2019, and the threat is unlikely to reduce in 2020. Alan Conboy explains how hyperconverged systems can assist in the fight against ransomware by helping reduce the attack surface.
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• World

RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Fortress

BSI publishes third Organizational Resilience Index: confidence in resilience dips
Business leaders’ confidence in the resilience of their organizations has faltered for the first time since 2017, according to the third annual Organizational Resilience Index report, published by BSI, which surveys 800 senior leaders across the globe.
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• World

Significant gaps in third-party user access management practices are exposing organizations to cyber security risks
One Identity has released new global research revealing that many organizations fall short of effectively managing access for third-party users, exposing them to significant vulnerabilities, breaches and other security risks.
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• World

Enterprise Risk Management 2019: The New Wave of Risks
Released recently, ‘Enterprise Risk Management 2019: The New Wave of Risks’ is a collection of articles and interviews by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) which explores the new and emerging topics taking centre stage in the world of risk management.
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• Canada / World

eBRP

The seven sins of crisis communications
RiskLogic has published a new ‘survival guide’ which identifies the most common crisis communications mistakes and provides solutions. ‘The seven sins of crisis communications’ shows the critical gap between business as usual communications and effective crisis communications.
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• Australia

Cyber attacks and extreme weather are the top risks for Indian companies
For the second year running, large scale cyber attacks have emerged as the top risk for corporations across India, according to a joint study conducted by Marsh and RIMS.
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• India

Companies struggling to protect multi-cloud compute infrastructures: survey
The majority of enterprises worldwide have adopted multi-cloud strategies to keep pace with the need for digital transformation and IT efficiency, but they face significant challenges...
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• World

ENISA publishes assessment of 5G networks threats
ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, has released a new document, ‘Threat Landscape for 5G Networks’, which assesses the threats related to the fifth generation of mobile telecommunications networks.
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• Europe / World

Less than half of businesses are prepared to comply with the California Consumer Protection Act
Egress has published the results of a survey, conducted by Osterman Research, Inc., which looks at the current state of security team preparedness and critical gaps in compliance with the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) before it comes into effect on 1st January 2020.
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• US

Building resilience for intentional, unintentional, and natural events
A new academic paper, ‘Building Resilience: Preventing, Preparing For, and Responding to Intentional, Unintentional, and Natural Events’, has been published in Homeland Security and Public Safety: Research, Applications and Standards.
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• World

Advanced persistent threats: big data abuse and more sophisticated attacks are coming in 2020
Kaspersky researchers have shared their vision on advanced persistent threats (APTs) in 2020, pointing out how the landscape of targeted attacks will change in the coming months.
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• World

DDoS attacks up 241 percent in Q3 2019 compared to same period last year
The growth in both large- and small-scale distributed denial-of-service attacks continues its upward trajectory, according to a new report released by Neustar’s Security Operations Center (SOC).
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• World

FFIEC revises Business Continuity Management Booklet to focus more on resilience
The US Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has updated its Business Continuity Management Booklet to bring it in-line with the increased industry focus on resilience.
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• US

Organizations must review outsourcing arrangements to mitigate geopolitical risk: Gartner
Geopolitical instability is forcing changes in the way that sourcing, procurement and vendor management executives review their options to mitigate risk, according to Gartner, Inc.
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• World

Heightened security threats, civil unrest and geopolitical instability to be top disruptors to the mobile workforce in 2020
International SOS has published its 2020 risks forecast and the results from the ‘Business Resilience Trend Watch’, a survey of over 1,300 business travel decision-makers run in partnership with Ipsos MORI.
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• World

Cloud services backup: survey finds major gap between perceptions and realities
UK enterprises are placing themselves at serious risk by misunderstanding their cloud service providers’ backup provisions, according to research for 4sl. In the Vanson Bourne survey of 200 large UK enterprises, the majority of senior IT decision makers believe that their cloud service providers retain backup data for much longer than they actually do.
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• UK / World

Critical equipment failure is a top threat for many large companies; and the risk seems to be increasing
The threat of critical equipment failure is a major concern for 94 percent of Fortune 500-size companies. That’s according to a new survey of 200 business leaders with company-wide responsibility for overseeing equipment operations or equipment risk.
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• World

NTT predicts that security orchestration, automation and response will gain traction in 2020
Security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) will ‘rocket’ to address cyber attacks happening at machine speed says ‘The Future Disrupted: 2020 Technology Trends’, a new report from NTT.
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• World

Study finds that many organizations will miss the Windows 7 end-of-life deadline
Ivanti has published survey results that capture the pain points and priorities of IT professionals when faced with migrating user devices to Windows 10. 59 percent of IT professionals report that they still haven’t migrated all their users to Windows 10, despite the imminent end of regular support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020.
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• World

Pool Re publishes UK Terrorism Threat and Mitigation Report 2019
Pool Re has releases a new report which reviews the UK’s terrorism threat landscape and shares detailed findings on trends in targeting and tactics.
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• UK

Senior security professionals are pessimistic about cyber incident response
Nominet has announced the findings of its Cyber Confidence Report, which analysed almost 300 senior security practitioners in the UK and US. The report finds that many respondents are not confident in their organization’s cyber resilience and its ability to recover from an incident.
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• US / UK

Research reveals the majority of organizations believe cyber threats will increase in 2020
FireEye, Inc., has released its inaugural FireEye Cyber Trendscape Report. FireEye surveyed over 800 CISOs and other senior executives across North America, Europe, and Asia to uncover attitudes towards some of cyber security’s most prevalent topics.
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• UK / Europe

New research project launched to focus on emergency natural disaster response problems
A new research project aims to tackle problems and improve natural disaster emergency preparedness and response in countries badly affected by earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.
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• Various

Geopolitical Risk Report shows that BCM is the main mitigation measure for geopolitical risks
PANTA RAY, in collaboration with Commercial Risk, has published its Geopolitical Risk Report 2019. Sponsored by Liberty Specialty Markets, the survey-based report examines which are the most disruptive as well as the most frequent geopolitical incidents experienced by organizations and deals with the most effective risk assessment methods and mitigation measures.
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• Europe / UK

New study looks at how to manage a reputation-threatening brand crisis
Crisp’s 2019 Crisis Impact Report explores the increasing weaponization of communications on social media, and the damage to brand value it causes in the wake of a crisis.
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• US / UK

Survey shows that many UK businesses are unaware and unprepared when it comes to protecting themselves against cyber attacks
A survey of 1,032 IT workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by technology services provider Probrand, has found that more than one in five (21 percent) don’t actually know what a ‘cyber-attack’ constitutes.
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• UK

AI use expected to increase in risk and compliance efforts
Nearly half (48.5 percent) of C-suite and other executives at organizations that use artificial intelligence (AI) expect to increase AI use for risk management and compliance efforts in the year ahead, according to a recent Deloitte poll.
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• US / World

GDPR is transforming data security in Europe, but UK lags behind: survey
New research commissioned by Check Point shows that GDPR is delivering a strong positive effect overall for European businesses – but with some significant variations between countries in terms of adopting GDPR measures.
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• UK / Europe

Revised version of ISO 22301 business continuity standard now available
ISO 22301 is the international standard for business continuity management systems. It has been undergoing a revision and the new version is now available.
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• World

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