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

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FEATURE ARTICLES

ClearView

Business continuity planning and actions in relation to COVID-19
From 14th to 20th February 2020, Continuity Central conducted an online survey which aimed to capture information to help business continuity managers around the world understand what actions others in the profession are taking in response to or in preparation for COVID-19 infections. The results are now available...
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Myth busters: a business continuity statistical mystery solved?
We have all heard and/or read the often quoted “40 percent of all businesses experiencing a crisis go out of business within one year…”. Ever wonder where that statistic came from? Geary W. Sikich throws new light on an old chestnut...
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A new way to boost business continuity: DR with smart endpoints and a software-defined perimeter (SDP)
The benefits of the cloud as the prime location for disaster recovery backups are well known and accepted by many organizations, but what is often missed is the associated reliance on VPNs, a technology that’s not really designed for the cloud says Don Boxley…
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Daisy

Cyber security - Do you know your SOC from your SIEM?
Organizations need to be prepared. Now is the time to define a response strategy to ensure a security incident doesn’t turn into a business disaster. Do you know your SOC from your SIEM and more importantly where security compliance and regulation fit in?
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• UK / World

Overwhelmed by data? Why organizations need to rethink their approach
Peter Ruffley explains how there is an urgent need for businesses to become savvier in how they store and move data. The best way to future proof a business is to focus on mission critical data, rather than collecting everything under the sun.
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• UK / World

Assurance Software

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak updates
This Continuity Central resource page will be regularly updated with the latest news and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has been designated as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization.
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Targeted flexibility and the art of being prepared
Geary Sikich looks at why traditional risk assessment and business continuity planning methodologies are not always as effective as organizations expect them to be; and makes the case for taking a ‘targeted flexibility’ approach.
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RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Fortress

RMM platforms with integrated backup will be ongoing attack vector for ransomware in 2020 warns Asigra
Asigra Inc., has released a bulletin to the company's global network of managed service providers warning of the growing ransomware threat to remote monitoring and management (RMM) platforms as an incessant stream of insidious malware variants put solution provider and end-customer applications and data at significant risk.
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Human skill and expertise singled out as the most important element in cyber resilience
More than 40 percent of respondents in the latest poll run by Infosecurity Europe singled out human skill and expertise as the most important element of a successful cyber resilience approach. The aim of the poll was to explore the importance of resilience in cyber security.
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• UK / World

New threat landscape report highlights cyber risk trends
Imperva, Inc., has published its latest Cyber Threat Index, a monthly report and measurement of the global threat landscape based on data from Imperva sensors across the globe. The report reveals sharp increases in high-risk vulnerabilities and public cloud-based attacks on organizations.
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Capital Continuity

Vast majority of IT leaders say insider data breaches are a major concern
Egress has published the results of its Insider Data Breach Survey 2020. The study found that 97 percent of IT leaders say insider breach risk is a significant concern. 78 percent think employees have put data at risk accidentally in the past 12 months and 75 percent think employees have put data at risk intentionally.
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• Europe / World

BPRIM: An integrated framework for business process management and risk management
Researchers from the universities of Toulouse, Sousse and Vienna and from Abamix Consulting have jointly developed BPRIM, the Business Process-Risk Integrated Method framework. This is aimed at providing the first formal framework to help organizations integrate business process management and risk management.
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• Europe / World

Ineffective security products contribute to many breaches finds study
Keysight has released the results from its Security Operations Effectiveness survey, where 50 percent of respondents reported that their organization had experienced a security breach because one or more of their security products was not working as expected.
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eBRP

‘Organisational Structures for Enterprise and Operational Risk’
The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the global industry group for exchanges and CCPs, has published a benchmarking paper examining the organizational structures for enterprise and operational risk within market infrastructures (MIs).
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Majority of enterprises found to be ill-equipped to detect and respond to PKI degradation or breaches
Keyfactor and Ponemon Institute have released the 2020 edition of ‘The Impact of Unsecured Digital Identities’, a benchmark report exploring enterprises’ ability to manage increasing numbers of cryptographic keys and digital certificates securing network connections.
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• US / World

DDoS report reveals that the complexity and volume of attacks continues to grow
Link11 has released findings from its annual DDoS Report, which revealed a rising number of multivector and cloud computing attacks during 2019.
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• World

New reports provide guidelines for space weather events resilience and GNSS loss
The UCL’s Mullard Space Laboratory and Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction have released two operational reports that lay out guidelines for assessing and identifying organizational mitigation strategies to help prepare for space weather events, global navigation satellite service failures, and their associated technological disruptions.
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• UK / World

To slow a disease outbreak, focus on handwashing confirms new study
A new study estimates that improving the rates of handwashing by people passing through just 10 of the world's leading airports could significantly reduce the spread of many infectious diseases. And the greater the improvement in people's handwashing habits at airports, the more dramatic the effect on slowing the disease, the researchers found.
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‘Cyber-complacency’ is widespread in UK organizations finds new study
A new Kaspersky study has lifted the lid on the scale of ‘cyber-complacency’ amongst UK businesses. The study revealed that many organizations are failing to take the necessary steps to prevent data breaches, despite many respondents acknowledging they would impact revenue and customer trust.
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• UK

The greatest risk: cascading impacts of climate, biodiversity, food, water crises
The greatest threat to humanity and its organizations hides in the potential cascading of impacts of five highly-related, highly-likely risks: a collision that can amplify these effects catastrophically, according to a new survey of 222 leading scientists from 52 countries.
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Researchers identify the safest locations to evacuate employees to during air contamination incidents
Penn State researchers have published the findings of research into single-source pollution events which has implications for improving evacuation plans during air contamination incidents.
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• US / World

New enterprise risk management guidance released by COSO
To further inform organizations on the benefits of enterprise risk management, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) has published new guidance, ‘Creating and Protecting Value: Understanding and Implementing Enterprise Risk Management’ offering ‘succinct, tangible steps to implement an effective ERM program’.
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• US / World

Organizational cyber threat intelligence (CTI) activities are maturing: SANS survey
Cyber threat intelligence (CTI) has evolved from small, ad hoc tasks performed disparately across an organization to robust programs with their own staff, tools and processes that support the entire organization, according to the SANS Institute 2020 CTI Survey.
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• US / World

Third Annual State of Cyber Resilience study published
Despite higher levels of investment in advanced cyber security technologies over the past three years, less than one-fifth of organizations are effectively stopping cyber attacks and finding and fixing breaches fast enough to lower the impact, according to a new report from Accenture.
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Five cyber security trends for 2020
BSI’s global centre of excellence for Cybersecurity and Information Resilience has forecast five key trends across the cyber security landscape for 2020.
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• World

State of Endpoint Security Risk study shows that 80 percent of successful breaches are from zero-day exploits
A new study released by Ponemon Institute finds that organizations are not making progress in reducing their endpoint security risk, especially against new and unknown threats.
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