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

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FEATURE ARTICLES

ClearView

To BIA or not to BIA... revisited: final survey results
In June 2017 Continuity Central published the results of a survey which looked at whether attitudes to the business impact analysis (BIA) and risk assessment were changing. Two years on, we repeated the survey to determine whether there has been any development in thinking across the business continuity profession. The final results are now available.
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• World

Using the power of imagination to improve personal resilience during challenging situations
While for many organizations major incidents are relatively rare events, when they occur they create personal as well as organizational resilience challenges. Dominic Irvine looks at how using the power of imagination can help…
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• UK / World

Flash-to-Flash-to-Cloud is on the way to becoming the standard solution for backup
The traditional ‘Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape’ (D2D2T) backup model is no longer adequate for always-on enterprises requiring rapid restore data and is being replaced by Flash-to-Flash-to-Cloud (F2F2C) says Peter Gadd…
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• World

Daisy

Adaptive, antifragile, resilient, or just trying to be compliant?
In a wide-ranging article, Geary W. Sikich enters the debate about the future of the risk assessment and the business impact analysis and pulls various threads together to conclude that targeted flexibility is the basis of the art of being prepared.
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• World

Business continuity and disaster recovery planning for SQL Server
This article by Dave Bermingham provides some practical guidance to help system and database administrators tasked with creating business continuity and disaster recovery plans.
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• World

Balancing security and productivity: has cyber security culture gone too far?
A new academic paper takes a look at cyber security cultures within businesses and asks whether increasing restrictions are having damaging impacts on productivity.
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• US / World

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RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Assurance Software

Organizations are ‘facing paralysis’ as cyber threats advance, claims report
Global organizations have stalled in their progress towards cyber security best practice and are facing paralysis as cyber criminals become more advanced. This is the conclusion drawn from the findings of the 2019 Risk:Value report – ‘Destination standstill. Are you asleep at the wheel?’ – from NTT Security.
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• World

Annual Cloud and Disaster Recovery Survey reveals ‘unacceptably high rates of data loss and downtime’
Unitrends has published survey findings from its fifth annual Cloud and Disaster Recovery Survey. This year’s survey offers insights into the challenges and trends that IT departments and admins face when protecting data from downtime and disasters as data volume and importance grow.
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• World

New report looks at trends in attacks on web applications
Positive Technologies has released a new research report, ‘Attacks on Web Applications: 2018 in Review’, which looks at the main threats to modern web resources. The analysis, covering over a million attacks, used web attack statistics collected by Positive Technologies Application Firewall.
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• World

eBRP

Study finds 85 percent of large enterprises struggle to protect critical network assets
Endace has announced the results of its latest research study, Challenges of Managing and Securing the Network 2019, conducted by independent, US-based research company, Virtual Intelligence Briefing (VIB).
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• World

Survey reveals five ways that companies manage to create a competitive advantage from crises
PwC has published the results of it’s first-ever Global Crisis Survey with findings from across 43 countries with 2,084 respondents, surveyed in 15 different languages.
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• World

Brexit more disruptive to supply chains than natural disasters and cyber attacks combined for UK businesses
Uncertainty over Brexit has caused more disruption to the supply chains of UK companies than natural disasters and cyber attacks combined, finds a report by connected planning specialist Vuealta.
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• UK

Fortress

Study reveals technology crises take significant personal toll on business leaders
A new study shows the serious impacts on business leaders when disruption hits their organizations, with 54 percent suffering from stress-related illnesses and/or damage to their mental well-being in the aftermath of cyber attacks, IT outages or network failures.
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• UK / World

IDC survey finds that the average DNS attack cost rises 49 percent
The 2019 Global DNS Threat Report, conducted by IDC and sponsored by EfficientIP, states that over the past year, organizations faced on average more than nine DNS attacks, an increase of 34 percent. Costs went up 49 percent, meaning that one in five businesses lost over $1 million per attack.
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• US / World

C-level executives are engaging more frequently in incident response and threat hunting
Exabeam has released its annual ‘State of the SOC’ report, identifying shifting roles and responsibilities as one of the most pressing challenges for security operations centre / center (SOC) managers.
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• US / UK

Capital Continuity

Changing approach to technology provision creates risks as well as opportunities
Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of organizations now allow technology to be managed outside the IT department, a shift that brings with it both significant business advantages and increased privacy and security risks, according to the 2019 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.
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• World

Paying ransoms can be a valid recovery option according to Forrester research
Forrester has published a new report which highlights research into when and why organizations pay ransoms following ransomware attacks. The report, ‘Forrester's Guide To Paying Ransomware’ says that while conventional wisdom is that organizations should never pay ransoms, it can in fact ‘be a valid recovery option based on business need and circumstances’.
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• US / World

Cyber resilience requires a multi-layered approach to be effective
As organizations increasingly focus on building resilience in the face of a shifting threat landscape, one of the key areas of concentration is the technology environment, including the data stored on the IT systems.
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• Africa / World

Risk Logic

‘Dark’ data is creating major security blind spot for most companies
Global businesses continue to house ‘dark data’ within their organizations, creating a honeypot for cybercriminals, finds ‘The Value of Data’ study, conducted by Vanson Bourne for Veritas.
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• World

Businesses must seek a new approach to managing emerging risks, new report warns
Organizations are not paying enough attention to emerging risks, preferring to focus on easier-to-manage visible risks, according to a report published by Airmic in association with Marsh. It argues that the challenges associated with emerging risks necessitate a new approach to how they are managed.
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• UK / World

Resilience strategies for complex supply chains
PANTA RAY, in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano School of Management, has published the first instalment of a series of documents looking at resilience strategies for complex supply chains.
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• Europe / World

Airmic provides advice for boards on managing resilience in the digital era
Airmic has publishes a boardroom edition of its research report, Roads to Revolution. The report provides advice for boards and senior executives who are seeking to manage risk and resilience in the context of the digital age.
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• UK / World

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