This newsletter highlights all the feature articles published on Continuity Central during December 2020, as well as various resources.

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FEATURE ARTICLES

2021 business continuity, risk management, and resilience predictions
This section of Continuity Central collates all the news pieces and articles that have been published recently which look ahead to 2021 and make predictions for how various areas of business continuity, risk management, and resilience may develop.
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How pandemic lessons can be used to improve workplace recovery planning
With future pandemic lockdowns highly possible in 2021 how can business leaders use pandemic learnings from the first UK lockdown to improve their workplace recovery planning? Chris Butler explains…
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2021 technology trends that business continuity managers need to be aware of
Michael Wood, CMO at Versa Networks, looks ahead to 2021 and the technology trends that he expects will impact on the way that organizations provision IT and manage security…
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How to bring clarity to your critical communications strategy in 2021
David Wiseman, VP Secure Communications at BlackBerry, looks at communication strategies in the context of organizational resilience and provides some tips for starting 2021 on a strong foot in this area.
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Looking forward to 2021: high availability in a rapidly changing IT landscape
2020 has been a year of change and often intense pressure on technology teams. Cassius Rhue looks ahead to 2021 and considers how organizations may use 2020 as a springboard for further development in the areas of high availability and disaster recovery.
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Climate change: the emerging crisis that all organizations need to assess
The COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating consequences caught plenty of organizations off guard. While it can be difficult to contemplate the next big crisis in the midst of the current one, this is exactly the time to look ahead to minimize any future surprises, says Jim Wetekamp, and topping many experts’ lists of the next big crisis is climate change.
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Software and security testing predictions for 2021
Software and applications issues are often found to be the root cause of downtime, making testing an essential aspect of resilience. In this article Neil Cameron and Miguel Marques share their software testing and security testing predictions for 2021.
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How to approach strategy in turbulent times
Traditional approaches to strategy development can be slow and cumbersome says James Graham. In this article he explains what ‘emergent strategy’ is and how it can help with an agile response when survival threatening situations develop.
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Reducing your reputation risk with an effective external communication policy
While it may sound straight forward there is more to creating an effective external communication policy than meets the eye. Deon Binneman digs deeper into this vital area of risk management and provides a useful checklist.
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RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

DRI International publishes 6th Annual Global Risk and Resilience Trends Report
The Sixth Annual DRI International Global Risk and Resilience Trends Report is now available. This looks at how trends developed in 2020 and how these changes might develop in 2021.
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Google research looks at continuity and resilience in the retail sector
For many retailers, websites have been more important than ever this year as pandemic-hit consumers turned to ecommerce in preference to bricks-and-mortar shopping. In turn, website performance has never been more important but new research for Google shows that downtime is an increasing issue.
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National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence issues guidance on ‘securing data integrity against ransomware attacks’
NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released two new guides to assist organizations with ransomware protection. Written in collaboration with members of the business community and vendors of cybersecurity solutions the guides offer ‘example solutions to address the data integrity challenges posed by ransomware and other destructive events’.
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Survey looks at ways that organizations have developed customer experience environments in response to COVID-19
NICE has published the results of a survey of CX (customer experience) leaders. Entitled ‘Customer Service Leadership in a New Reality,’ the survey looked at ways that COVID-19 business continuity requirements have driven organizational change in this area.
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Survey reveals organizations’ security priorities for 2021 and beyond
Check Point has released the findings of a new survey, which shows organizations’ key cyber security priorities and challenges through to 2023, and highlights the changes to their security strategies forced by the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020.
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Vaccine breakthrough may offer a new weapon against future influenza pandemics
A vaccine that induces immune responses to a wide spectrum of influenza virus strains and subtypes has produced strong and durable results in early-stage clinical trials in humans, Mount Sinai researchers have found.
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2021: organizations will begin to focus on cyber resilience
Jon Fielding, Managing Director EMEA, Apricorn looks ahead to the cyber landscape in 2021 and predicts that it will be the year that organizations start to fully embrace cyber resilience...
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Joint Marsh and RIMS study explores the top risk concerns for Indian companies
The continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, or a new public health crisis, emerged as the top risk concerns for Indian companies, according to a joint study conducted by Marsh and RIMS.
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Infrastructure-led innovation will drive enterprise resilience in a post-pandemic world says Gartner
Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders who embrace infrastructure-led innovation will drive greater enterprise resilience, according to Gartner, Inc., especially as growing digital ambitions compete with ongoing economic uncertainty.
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Five predictions for how ransomware attacks will develop in 2021
The business of ransomware boomed during 2020 and this trend is expected to continue through 2021. With certain patterns already developing, data integrity company Index Engines makes the following predictions for the effects of ransomware in 2021...
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Cyberthreats Report predicts a ‘year of extortion’ in 2021
Acronis has released its 2020 Acronis Cyberthreats Report, an in-depth review of the current threat landscape and projections for the coming year. Based on the protection and security challenges that were amplified by the shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Acronis warns that 2021 will bring aggressive cybercrime activity as criminals pivot their attacks from data encryption to data exfiltration.
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FERMA survey explores risk managers’ contributions to COVID-19 response and resilience
European risk managers have helped maintain the continuity of their organizations during the pandemic crisis. They have participated in task forces and crisis units, promoted communication, supported new working practices, pursued insurance recoveries where possible, and begun work on recovery, according to survey results published by FERMA.
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How will the 2021 data storage landscape develop?
Scality made a number of data storage predictions for 2021, focusing on the rapid growth rate of cloud-native apps and containerisation. 2021 will see a number of trends emerge as enterprise IT teams and storage vendors adapt in order to support the rise of cloud-native apps and the subsequent change in application and cloud infrastructure models, according to the company.
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Emerging cyber threats in 2021 require a new approach to security
HP has released its 2021 predictions on how security threats are likely to develop during the next 12 months. Human-operated ransomware, thread hijacking, unintentional insider threats, business email compromise, and whaling attacks are all highlighted as areas which will grow.
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Business continuity-inspired resilient supply chain network design
In this new collaborative paper, academics from the Universities of Iowa, Tennessee, Tehran, and Mazandaran present a new ‘framework for the business continuity-inspired resilient supply chain network design problem’.
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