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

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FEATURE ARTICLES

Effective, real-world business continuity management tips
Andy Osborne shares some business continuity advice from the 101 tips included in his new book 'Practical Business Continuity Management 2'. The tips aim to provide useful thoughts for improving all levels of business continuity management systems…
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• UK / World

The role of tape storage in 2021 and beyond
Tape is far from being yesterday’s storage technology says Rich Gadomski. As well as a continued role in IT resiliency and business continuity it has an emerging role in protection against ransomware and in managing the needs of the digital enterprise.
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• US / World

Getting started: the business impact analysis
In an article which provides background information for those who are new to the business continuity profession, Jordan MacAvoy explains what a business impact analysis is and describes its role in the business continuity planning process.
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• World

Addressing climate risk in the era of COVID-19
Although dealing with COVID-19 has understandably been the focus of many businesses over the past 12 months, businesses focussed on ensuring long-term resilience must look beyond this single threat says Andrew Bryson, Operations Senior Vice President at FM Global.
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• World

Are you acting on lessons learned from COVID-19?
It is clear that organizational response to the COVID-19 pandemic has generated much opportunity for future improvement with regard to business continuity and resilience. but will we learn the lessons? Petra Morrison highlights the top four things to act on…
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• UK / World

Five resilience, availability, and data protection principles for Kubernetes
Kubernetes use is growing rapidly, a trend which is expected to accelerate. In this article, Gijsbert Janssen van Doorn looks at some of the related resilience, availability, and data protection issues and provides some helpful tips.
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• World

The most read Continuity Central articles of 2020
What did Continuity Central readers find most interesting during 2020? Out of more than a thousand pieces of content published in 2020, here are the top ten feature and news articles…
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• World

Pandemic aside, where will the next high-impact global incident come from?
Despite prior warnings that infectious disease pandemics presented a high-impact threat, COVID-19 seemed to catch governments and companies off guard. What other threats exist which the world can and should prepare for? Peter Groucutt says that top of the list is a global cyber attack – such as on a major cloud provider…
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• World

2021: looking ahead to the New Normal - predictions from the tech industry
2020 reshaped the world as we know it, and the New Normal currently seems like a long way off – but it will come. Continuity Central spoke with nine technology experts to get their view on how they see things shaping up through 2021 and beyond…
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• UK / World

SUNBURST: continuous clean-up and a way forward
As organizations continue to explore the damage caused by the SolarWinds hack, BlackBerry’s Tony Lee, VP, Global Services Technical Operations, looks at how the impacts will continue into 2021 and what can be done to prevent similar incidents in the future.
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• World

RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Neustar highlights rise in ransom-related DDoS attacks: extortion demands grew in 2020
Neustar, Inc., has published a new report, ‘Cyber Threats and Trends: Pandemic Style’, detailing the security risks faced by companies as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated digital transformation.
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• World

Data leakage attacks grew by 93 percent in 2020 shows Imperva research
Imperva researchers monitored an unprecedented 93 percent rise in the exposure of information through online data leakage attacks in 2020 - incidents where data was transmitted from an organization’s corporate network to an external destination, whether accidentally or deliberately, without authorisation.
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• World

Few organizations can accurately obtain an early view of unexpected events finds new survey
During a time where business resilience and innovation is core to organizational survival, a new study commissioned by Dataminr has found that only 29 percent of companies feel confident that they have technologies to accurately obtain an early view of unexpected events.
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• Various

IT leaders may be confusing business continuity and disaster recovery cloud benefits with cyber security: Syntax
Syntax has released its first IT Trends Report, which surveyed 500 US IT decision-makers on COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on their businesses and strategic decisions in 2021. 2020 was a year of unexpected and rapid digital transformation for IT leaders across industries.
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• US

Communications gap between cyber security vendors and customers leaves organizations vulnerable
A negative communication cycle between vendors, IT leaders, and employees is resulting in organizations failing to respond to threat warnings, according to a Kaspersky survey of cyber security decision-makers.
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• World

Natural catastrophe events losses increase 8 percent in 2020
Aon plc has published its global Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight: 2020 Annual Report. The report evaluates the impact of natural disaster events around the world to identify trends, manage volatility, and enhance resilience.
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• World

Research finds that accelerating both digital and sustainability transitions assists COVID-19 crisis recovery
European companies that accelerate both their digital and sustainability transitions are likely to recover faster and emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, according to a new report from Accenture.
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• World

Businesses increasingly concerned about reputational risk: survey
In its recently published 2020 Reputational Risk Survey, Willis Towers Watson found that 86 percent of clients are concerned about loss of income and a reduced customer base due to reputational risk.
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• World

NCEMA publishes updated version of business continuity management standard
NCEMA, the UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority has announced the launch of the third edition of the ‘National Standard for Business Continuity Management System (Specifications)’, AE/SCNS/NCEMA 7000:2021.
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• UAE

Allianz Risk Barometer 2021: organizations looking to de-risk supply chains and boost business continuity management
A trio of COVID-19 related risks heads up the recently published 2021 Allianz Risk Barometer, reflecting the potential disruption and loss scenarios that companies are facing in the wake of the pandemic.
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• World

Will APIs be the gateway to effective cyber attacks in 2021?
Radware has released its 2020-2021 State of Web Application Security Report, which includes the prediction that Application Program Interfaces (APIs) will be the next big threat to cyber security.
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• World

Agility is one of the characteristics of resilient organizations but few European companies are truly agile
Almost three-quarters (72 percent) of business leaders and 90 percent of CEOs across Europe see organizational agility as critical, yet many are overestimating their capabilities, according to new research by IDC for ServiceNow.
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• Europe

World Economic Forum releases the Global Risks Report 2021
Each year the World Economic Forum publishes a report looking ahead to the short term and long term risks facing organizations around the world. The 2021 Global Risks Report has now been published, alongside a call for the world to ‘wake up to long term risks’.
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• World

The top five risks for business in 2021, according to Control Risks
Control Risks has released its RiskMap 2021, which includes an assessment of the top five global risks facing organizations and how they may develop through 2021.
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• World

A new enterprise resilience management model is needed, says Resilience First
Traditional enterprise risk management models based on analysis of historical trends are no longer valid in isolation, and agile adaptation to changing circumstances in a new enterprise resilience management model is now required for organizational survival and success says Resilience First.
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• UK / World

2020 saw a record number of billion-dollar US natural disasters
According to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information the US experienced an unprecedented 22 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2020. A record number of named tropical storms formed in the Atlantic, with a record 12 making landfall. The US also had its most active wildfire year on record...
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• US

CISA updates guidance on the SolarWinds Orion Compromise
The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has updated its Emergency Directive concerning the SolarWinds Orion Compromise. The Directive provides guidance for Federal agencies but is also relevant for critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations.
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• US / World

New guidance outlines tactics for effectively communicating cyber security risk to boards
A new paper from ISACA, ‘Reporting Cybersecurity Risk to the Board of Directors’, outlines how cyber security and risk professionals can effectively communicate with their boards of directors about cyber security and its link to business objectives.
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• US / World

Researchers find that the risk of a major earthquake impacting Israel has been under-estimated
A new study conducted under the bed of the Dead Sea has found that a devastating earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale is expected to hit Israel in the coming years.
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• Israel

2021 is the year when boards need to integrate risk management and corporate strategy
As the pandemic crisis and lingering economic and political volatility increasingly threaten businesses and recovery globally, WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation (WCD) is seeing many companies consider establishing a stand-alone board risk committee.
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• US / World

Evolving ransomware attacks will grow in frequency and sophistication in 2021
Successful ransomware attacks will continue to grow this year due to increasingly sophisticated tactics. This is according to research from Databarracks, revealing ransomware attacks on UK businesses have increased by 26 percent since 2018.
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• UK / World

Research shows that enterprises have accelerated WAN transformation during the pandemic to help business continuity
Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) has released a new research report ‘Enterprise WAN Transformation: SD-WAN, SASE, and the Pandemic’. This shows that enterprises are transforming their wide-area networks (WANs) to improve security, network visibility, and application performance.
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• US / World

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