This newsletter highlights all the feature articles published on Continuity Central during April 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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• World

Remote working: lifeline or a tightrope?
As we look ahead from COVID-19 pandemic response to recovery where does remote working fit in? Chris Butler looks at some business continuity considerations as organizations consider the future ‘new normal’.
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• UK / World

Enterprise security and the resurgence of ransomware
A recent resurgence in ransomware has seen it shoot right back to the top of the cyber crime list. While much of this resurgence can be attributed to the arrival of new ransomware mutations, another factor seems to be playing a major role as well; the growth of cyber insurance. Jan van Vliet explains…
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Webinar: Guidelines for Shifting from Response to Recovery

Tuesday, May 5th @ 10am EST

As organizations shift their COVID-19 preparedness mindset to what’s coming next, this webinar will look at the logistics of moving from response to recovery, consider what the 'new normal' will be, and look at the considerations for organizations when planning to restart operations. More details and signup

Has BCM protected shareholder value in the COVID-19 outbreak?
Patrick Roberts looks at whether firms that have adopted good practice in business continuity management (BCM) suffered less impact on their share prices during the initial stage of the COVID-19 outbreak than those that haven’t.
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• UK / World

The benefits that IoT can bring to pandemic response
Paul Marshall explores the specific benefits that the Internet of Things (IoT) can have on mitigating the impact of the current pandemics and looks at what innovation needs to be adopted to ensure the world is prepared, should it happen again.
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• World

Pandemic response and recovery: a CEO’s perspective
Jon Ezrine highlights lessons that CEOs can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will help businesses emerge in a stronger position when the outbreak subsides and organizations face a new business ’normal’.
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• World

Daisy

Ensuring business continuity in a remote working environment
The rush to remote working as organizations responded to COVID-19 lockdowns and other restrictions may have resulted in business continuity and cyber security taking a back-seat. Mick Bradley highlights areas that need to be considered and makes some recommendations.
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• World

Indoor precautions are essential to stem airborne COVID-19 say researchers
Researchers are urging health authorities to immediately recognise the role of airborne transmission of COVID-19 virus droplets from an infected person beyond 1.5m in order to stem the disease's spread.
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• World

Initial lessons from the COVID-19 business continuity response
Although the crisis is still unfolding, it’s already clear that building resilience into your organizational DNA is more important than ever. Michael Davies, CEO of ContinuitySA says this is one of the clear lessons from the COVID-19 response so far.
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• Africa / World

ClearView

Risk management experts discuss COVID-19 and its impacts on risk management, resilience and business continuity
In an interview-style article, experts from the Institute of Operational Risk and Institute of Risk Management discuss COVID-19 and how the risk management profession is reacting.
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• World

COVID-19: riding the second wave of the pandemic
At some point governments across the world are going to have to start taking some very tricky decisions as to when to ease the COVID-19 lockdown. But when that happens will the virus stage a vicious comeback? Jim Preen looks ahead…
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• UK / World

Ensuring security throughout the customer lifecycle
It is important during the current COVID-19 crisis that organizations don’t take their eye of the data privacy and protection ball. This article by Chris Mullaney will discuss how businesses can ensure enterprise-grade data protection during the customer communications cycle.
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eBRP

How safe is using Zoom for video conferencing?
One of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the rapid uptake in the use of video conferencing, especially the Zoom platform. Recently questions have been asked about how secure Zoom is. Here, Elliott Thompson gives his view on what the real risk of using Zoom is and offers tips to mitigate.
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Academics warn that the COVID-19 pandemic is a symptom of systemic issues in human society
While the world is focused on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists from the Singapore University of Technology and Design are warning that it is important not to lose sight of the causes of the pandemic. They suggest that COVID-19 is ‘more than just a virus, but rather a symptom emerging from something much deeper - a nonlinear dynamical system of coupled pathologies underlying a veneer of progress in an increasingly fragile, volatile, hyperconnected world.’
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RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Fortress

Survey shows that COVID-19 response is putting cyber security under pressure
(ISC)² – the non-profit association of certified cyber security professionals – has released the findings of a survey in which cyber security professionals shared insights into their current work situations during the first several weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Nearly two-thirds of companies report disruptions to network security business practices due to sudden shift to work-from-home model
Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of companies experienced at least moderate disruptions to their network security business practices – and nearly a quarter (23 percent) experienced major disruptions – due to the sudden shift to a work-from-home model as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Survey finds gaps in security visibility during large-scale shift to remote work
ExtraHop has announced the results of a SANS Institute survey, Network Visibility and Threat Detection. According to the report, more than 64 percent of respondents reported suffering at least one successful attack within the last year and 59 percent believe a lack of network visibility poses a high or very high risk to their operations.
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eBRP

Over half of organizations expect remote workers to be a data breach vector
More than half (57 percent) of UK IT decision makers believe that remote workers will expose their organization to the risk of a data breach, according to an annual survey – conducted between 25 and 27 March 2020 – commissioned by Apricorn.
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• UK

EY survey shows that even before COVID-19 nearly 80 percent of board members felt unprepared for a major risk event
According to the Global Board Risk Survey, conducted by Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) before the COVID-19 outbreak, only 21 percent of board members believed their organizations were very prepared to respond to an adverse risk event from a planning, communications, recovery and resilience standpoint.
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• Various

Fourth Annual Global State of the WAN Report reveals top challenges
Aryaka has published its Fourth Annual Global State of the WAN report, a global survey exploring the challenges and opportunities presented to IT network managers around their wide area network (WAN).
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• World

Capital Continuity

New survey shows the impacts of home working on UK productivity
A new UK-based survey into the experience of home working shows that 37 percent are finding it increasingly difficult to work from home. The survey of 2,000 people, commissioned by Moneypenny, showed that a further 6 percent said they don’t feel they can work from home any longer while 52 percent said they have got used to home working.
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• UK

DDoS attacks in Q1 2020: average bandwidth of attacks increasing
Link11 has released its Q1 2020 DDoS Report, revealing that the volume and complexity of attacks continued to grow in the first quarter of 2020.
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• World

Extreme coastal flooding events in the US expected to rise due to climate change
Extreme flooding events in some US coastal areas could double every five years if sea levels continue to rise as expected, a study published in Scientific Reports suggests. Today's 'once-in-a-lifetime' extreme water levels - which are currently reached once every 50 years - may be exceeded daily along most of the US coastline before the end of the 21st century.
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• US

Fortress

American Institute of Architects publishes the ‘Architect’s Guide to Business Continuity’
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has developed a new business continuity resource for firms operating in the architecture vertical. The ‘Architect’s Guide to Business Continuity’ provides companies with ‘insights into managing staff, premises, technology, information, supply chains, stakeholders, and reputation so a firm can continue to provide services, generate revenue, and reduce the consequences of business interruption’.
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• US / World

Trust, not surveillance, is the key to a successful and resilient home working environment
Businesses must implement a policy of trust rather than surveillance and monitoring when managing remote teams through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to insight from talent acquisition specialist, Guidant Global.
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• UK / World

Survey finds widespread concern over cloud security risks during the COVID-19 pandemic
As many organizations have been forced to make a rapid shift to work-from-home to help stem the spread of COVID-19, a significant percentage of IT and cloud professionals are concerned about maintaining the security of their cloud environments during this period. The findings are a part of the State of Cloud Security survey conducted by Fugue.
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• US / World

Gartner survey sees indication that higher levels of home working are here to stay
A Gartner survey of 229 HR leaders on April 2nd revealed that many workers are planning to work remotely more often in the future. Currently nearly 50 percent of organizations report that 81 percent or more of their employees are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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• US / World

Telematics company records spike in commercial vehicle theft
Radius Telematics has seen a big increase in the thefts of commercial vehicles and plant since the COVID-19 lockdown. With many offices, factories and construction sites shut, thieves appear to be taking advantage of unattended locations.
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• UK / World

Increase in remote working and COVID-19 related threats ‘creating perfect storm of security challenges for organizations’
Check Point has announced findings from a new survey, conducted by Dimensional Research, examining the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on enterprise security. The findings show that the rapid changes to enterprise working practices, and broader concerns about the pandemic, are both being exploited by cyber criminals as they step up their attacks, generating a raft of new challenges for security professionals.
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• World

Closing workplace facilities creates new risks says FM Global
As companies close offices, plants and warehouses to reduce COVID-19 spread, other risks are emerging at these now-idle facilities, warns FM Global.
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• US / World

Enterprise risk managers are finding that COVID-19 is resulting in less engagement with the company board
A Gartner survey of more than 900 audit and risk leaders on March 27th 2020 has found that most of their focus is on assessing the impact of COVID-19 on organizational operations and controls, as well as revising and executing the company audit plan.
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• US / World

International Labour Organization outlines catastrophic effect of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on working hours and earnings, globally. A new ILO report highlights some of the worst affected sectors and regions, and outlines policies to mitigate the crisis.
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• World

Survey finds that two-fifths of organizations suffered data loss related downtime last year
Acronis has published the results of a survey that shows that 42 percent of companies experienced a data loss event that resulted in downtime in 2019.
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• World

Working from home for long periods of time can lead to ‘panic working’
Organizations need to be aware of a phenomenon called ‘panic working’ amongst employees who are working from home due to the COVID-19 restrictions says Dr. Ali Fenwick, Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Hult International Business School in Dubai.
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• Middle East / World

SHRM surveys look at the impacts of COVID-19 lockdown on US small businesses
Half of America’s small businesses can’t afford to pay employees for a full month under the current economic lockdown meant to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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• US

Research shows that views on what constitutes ‘data protection’ varies between organizations and sectors
New research from Infrascale, based on a survey of more than 500 C-level executives in small and medium sized businesses, has highlighted that data protection means different things to different people and data protection priorities depend upon an individual’s unique experiences and position.
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• World

How fit for purpose are VPNs for enterprise remote access?
PortSys has highlighted security and capability gaps that it believes exist in the VPNs that many organizations around the world are now using for business continuity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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