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

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FEATURE ARTICLES

ClearView

COVID-19 pandemic updates
This Continuity Central resource section is being regularly updated with situational updates, news, resources, and business continuity information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How could using Agile project management techniques change the way we conduct BIAs?
While there is no general definition for ‘Agile' project management, it can be seen as using a collection of lightweight approaches and methods in order to handle complex challenges. Benedict Gross believes that some of those concepts can be transferred to business continuity management; and to the BIA in particular.
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Understanding the tradeoffs: not all SQL Server DR options are the same
There are various options for SQL Server disaster recovery but each comes with its own tradeoffs and you need to understand the nature of these in order to select the approach that’s best for your organization. Dave Bermingham offers some help with this area…
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Daisy

Debunking six disaster recovery automation myths
As disaster recovery automation has developed so have various viewpoints about constraints which hold back organizations when attempting to use this approach. Here Chandrasekar S highlights ‘six DR automation myths’ and explains why they are misconceptions.
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Looking beyond the pandemic – how security and continuity strategies may change
Businesses are facing unprecedented pressure amidst the current global pandemic, and while most will be focussed on surviving through COVID-19, it is also vitally important for organizations to consider what their security and continuity strategies will look like post-pandemic. Continuity Central spoke to six technology executives for their thoughts on this.
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• UK / World

‘A Likert Scale-Based Model for Benchmarking Operational Capacity, Organizational Resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction’
A new short paper has been published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science by a research group at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London, in collaboration with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
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Assurance Software

How COVID-19 has changed the cyber threat landscape
Ryan Weeks, CISO, Datto, looks at areas where cyber threats have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights key steps for improving security.
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• UK / World

COVID-19 business recovery: your twelve-point checklist
Resilience consultants, Controlled Events, have provided a resource to assist organizations as they begin restarting operations following pandemic lockdowns. The checklist-based resource sets out key strategies, processes, and activities for business recovery which should be implemented alongside the phased processes for relaxing lock down in the countries where you operate and is applicable to businesses of all sizes.
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Looking ahead to a second pandemic wave: why acting now to strengthen your crisis management capability is the key to building future resilience
As many countries seem to be emerging from the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis, now is the time to plan for a possible second wave says Jonathan Hemus.
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eBRP

How to stay resilient amidst COVID-19 and the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season
Pat Corcoran, Global Strategy Executive for IBM Business Resiliency Services, provides advice for organizations considering how to prepare for an active Atlantic hurricane season during pandemic times.
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• Various

Is COVID-19 forcing organizations to move on from Crisis Command Centres?
COVID-19 has changed our perspectives on a lot of things and, whilst we focus on managing response and work from home (WFH) arrangements, COVID-19 may have forced another change: the use of Crisis Command Centres / Centers. Marcus Vaughan explains…
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• Australia / World

Some technology factors to consider when adapting your organization for new ways of working
Nick Sacke discusses a number of factors that organizations should consider when adopting a new way of working as the COVID-19 pandemic develops. Organizations need not only to adapt to new ways of working, but also prepare now to future proof their businesses for the post-pandemic future.
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• UK / World

Fortress

Accounting for multiple crises: how businesses can mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and concurrent natural disasters
Although COVID-19 is, understandably, the focus for most businesses, the disruption caused by the virus will not cause the threat from other hazards, such as natural disasters, to disappear. Erika Weisbrod looks at how COVID-19 may impact the response to natural disasters and highlights some areas that organizations need to consider.
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COVID-19 office reopening plan: checklists and re-entry forms
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to be relaxed in many countries around the world, organizations are starting to think about when and how to restart operations. To assist Continuity Central readers in this area, Raymond-Cox Consulting, LLC, has provided a useful resource for organizations to use as they consider when and how to reopen their office(s).
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RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Risk Logic

BC Management publishes its 2020 Compensation Report
Since 2001 BC Management has been gathering data on business continuity management programs and compensations to provide professionals with the information they need to elevate their programs and careers. This has resulted in an annual Compensation Report; and the 2020 edition of this is now available.
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Three emerging societal risks that organizations should be aware of as lockdowns relax
International SOS has experienced a large rise in COVID-19 related physical security cases during the pandemic. The company has analysed trends related to this increase and is highlighting three emerging societal challenges that may impact organizations.
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BCI launches Competency Framework for professional standards
The BCI has announced the launch of the BCI Competency Framework, which have been developed to complement the long-established Good Practice Guidelines (GPG).
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Fortress

The return from lockdown: seven risk and compliance considerations for distributed workforces
NAVEX Global has provided a checklist of seven key considerations for business leaders and decision makers preparing their organizations for a return to work after COVID-19 lockdowns.
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Zerto survey looks at organizational backup and recovery capabilities
According to new Zerto research, a significant number of organizations do not back up their data or test their business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) capabilities with enough frequency.
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• US / World

Global Threat Intelligence Report: cyber criminals innovate to develop faster and automated attacks
NTT Ltd, has published its 2020 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR), which reveals that despite efforts by organizations to layer up their cyber defences, attackers are continuing to innovate faster than ever before and automate their attacks.
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The 2020 FM Global Resilience Index published: identifies the countries best positioned for post-pandemic business recovery
Resilience is never more critical than in a world shocked by pandemic, and the top-ranked countries in the 2020 FM Global Resilience Index possess strong foundations for a robust rebound.
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World Economic Forum publishes report looking at how COVID-19 risks may develop
‘Prolonged global recession’, ‘high unemployment’, ‘another outbreak of infectious disease’, and protectionism dominate the list of near-term worries for companies, according to the World Economic Forum’s new report, COVID-19 Risks Outlook: A Preliminary Mapping and Its Implications.
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Verizon issues its Business 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report
The Verizon Business 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (2020 DBIR) shows that organized crime is behind a high number of successful cyber attacks.
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• World

Power grid executives share their future resilience challenges
The sixth edition of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research, based on a survey of more than 200 electric utility executives in 28 countries on five continents, has been published.
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New study: patchwork approach to cyber security making life difficult for organizations
The third-annual Oracle and KPMG Cloud Threat Report 2020 has found that a patchwork approach to data security, misconfigured services, and confusion around new cloud security models has created a crisis of confidence that will only be fixed by organizations making security part of the culture of their business.
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Facility restart risks that need addressing before allowing reopening
With businesses in many countries now preparing to reopen after a period of pandemic induced inactivity, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has highlighted a number of risks which need addressing before dormant facilities are reactivated.
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UK companies seem to be doing well when it comes to supporting employees’ mental health during the pandemic
UK businesses are so far delivering on employee engagement in the current COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research from Wazoku. 70 percent of survey respondents say their employer has taken steps to ensure their mental health and well-being is addressed and 72 percent have been consulted about how best they can all approach home working during the crisis.
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91 percent of people know password reuse is insecure, yet two thirds do it anyway, according to the Psychology of Passwords Report
LastPass by LogMeIn has released findings from its third Psychology of Passwords global report, revealing that people aren’t protecting themselves from cyber security risks even though they know they should.
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SHRM survey: 52 percent of US small businesses expect to close within next six months
New research released by SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) warns that the state of US small businesses could go from bad to worse, as 52 percent of those surveyed expect to be out of business within six months due to COVID-19.
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• US

Study finds that two-thirds of UK organizations surveyed had no pandemic plans in place before COVID-19
New research from Databarracks has revealed that two-thirds of organizations (66 percent) surveyed had no plans in place for responding to an infectious disease pandemic before the COVID-19 outbreak. This is despite pandemic ranking highest in terms of impact and likelihood in the UK government’s National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies; and despite 61 percent of respondents having a business continuity plan which was considered to be up-to-date.
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• UK

World Economic Forum promotes blockchain as a tool to tackle supply chain failures exposed by COVID-19
The pressure created by the COVID-19 outbreak on global trade systems highlights an urgent need for global cooperation to maintain and strengthen the resilience of international supply chains.
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• World

Human resource practices are a predictor for organizational resilience after layoffs say researchers
As retrenchments continue to cloud the foreseeable future of businesses worldwide, new research from the University of South Australia, the University of Melbourne and RMIT, indicates that some businesses will fare better than others - and it's all dependent on their type of human resource management (HRM) system.
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The ripple effect can spread the impacts of regional natural disasters around the world
When natural disasters strike a city or town, the local impacts can be devastating, but these events also have ripple effects that can be felt in distant cities and regions - even globally - due to the interconnectedness of the world's urban trade networks.
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Research confirms links between cyber attacks, consumer purchasing, and brand loyalty
Arcserve, LLC, has released results from new research that measures how cyber crime influences purchasing activity and brand loyalty. It found that while most consumers are taking necessary security precautions to protect their online accounts, some businesses may not be doing enough to protect their information – inadvertently driving sales to competitors that can. 
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