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

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FEATURE ARTICLES

The BC Scorecard Builder
Are you struggling to articulate the value of your business continuity program? This BC Scorecard Builder is designed to help you implement strong program metrics that enable you to: Clearly communicate program performance and progress; Quickly increase meaningful engagement with key stakeholders; and Confidently discuss and document actions to close gaps in program performance and recoverability.
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Probability of events: a theoretical application of the VRPD function to organizational processes
In a previous Continuity Central article, Alejandro Aristizábal Correa looked at ways to calculate the probability of events and introduced the Variable-Rate Probability Distribution (VRPD) theorem. In this article he shows how the VRPD concept can be used in practice by business continuity managers.
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Getting started with operational resilience
Many organizations are currently starting to move towards operational resilience. In this article Patrick Potter looks at what operational resilience is, how it differs from business continuity, and the initial steps that organizations should take to implement it.
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Expectations of a superhuman incident response
COVID-19 has shown organizations that sometimes change can be forced upon us in ways that it would be impossible to predict. Petra Morrison says that there are various superpowers which exist in most organizations which can provide the necessary agility to respond - if they are brought together.
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• UK / World

What to look for in a next generation privileged access management solution
A security breach of a privileged account is a nightmare that organizations hope they will never need to respond to. Alan Radford explains how next generation privileged access management (PAM) solutions provide assurance in this area; and what such a PAM should include.
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HA protection for SQL Server critical applications: the human factor
Sandi Hamilton looks at the importance of considering the human factor when planning and managing high availability environments for critical applications such as SQL Server. She considers inherent organizational issues which result in continuity gaps and discusses the communication and documentation practices that can reduce failures.
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A South African perspective on dealing with COVID-19
Every country has had a different approach to managing COVID-19 but South Africa’s approach has been different to many. This article provides an overview and looks at some implications and learning points from a business continuity point of view.
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• Africa / World

Addressing the risks related to unstructured data through the use of object stores
Unstructured data is proliferating, overwhelming traditional storage architectures and creating both compliance and recovery risks. Matthew Dewey explains why object storage is a promising storage option to help organizations deal with the issue.
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In a remote work world, it’s time to move past VPN
In the initial rush to rapidly increase remote working as a business continuity measure to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic many organizations deployed an expansion of their Virtual Private Network (VPN). However now is the time to consider better solutions says Brad Peterson.
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RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

New research finds aggressive US growth in ransomware, reductions elsewhere
SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers have published third-quarter threat intelligence collected by the company’s more than 1 million global security sensors. Year-to-date findings through to the end of September 2020 highlight regional variations in ransomware usage trends, while overall malware volume declined for the third consecutive quarter.
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Many organizations are failing to manage high-risk vulnerabilities
Positive Technologies (PT) performed instrumental scanning of the network perimeter of selected corporate information systems. A total of 3,514 hosts were scanned, including network devices, servers, and workstations. The results show the presence of high-risk vulnerabilities at most companies.
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2020 Trustwave Data Security Index report finds that perceived threats do not match actual incidents
Trustwave has released the 2020 Trustwave Data Security Index report which shows how technology trends, compromise risks, and regulations are shaping how organizations’ data is stored and protected.
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• Various

Cyber attacks becoming more sophisticated, targeted, widespread and undetected says ENISA
ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, has published the 8th annual ENISA Threat Landscape (ETL) report, identifying and evaluating the top cyber threats for the period January 2019-April 2020.
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• Europe

Three quarters of UK consumers won’t shop with a organization which has experienced a successful cyber attack
With shoppers looking ahead to the busy festive season, PCI Pal, the global provider of cloud-based secure payment solutions, has released a new study that shows data security concerns will influence how and where people make their purchases this year.
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• UK

New BCI report looks at ‘Technology & Business Continuity in Organizational Resilience’
The BCI has published its latest thought leadership report, which looks at how business continuity professionals should work with their counterparts in IT and/or cyber security to increase resilience across the organization.
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• World

RIMS report looks at why organizations are moving from ERM to strategic risk management
For the past 30 years, enterprise risk management (ERM) programs have helped organizations proactively identify and address risks, however, many times it provides limited insight into strategy and strategic risks, according to a new RIMS report, ‘Pivoting from ERM to SRM’.
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• US / World

NIST publishes guide to integrating cyber security and enterprise risk management
The US NIST has released a new publication, ‘NISTIR 8286, Integrating Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)’. This aims to promote greater understanding of the relationship between cyber security risk management and ERM, and the benefits of integrating those approaches.
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• US / World

New study shows that agility is one of the keys to resilience
Businesses that have embedded agility into their organizational and decision-making structures are proving more adaptable and resilient in the face of COVID-19 and are bouncing back better than their competitors.
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• UK / World

59 percent of financial services companies suffered application downtime as a result of a DNS attack over the past year
EfficientIP has published survey results that show that organizations in the financial services sector suffer the highest cost per DNS attack, compared to organizations in other industries.
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• World

How effective has business continuity management been during the COVID-19 pandemic?
A new report written by Denis Žiga from Controllit AG presents the results of a survey of business continuity professionals looking at how business continuity has performed in helping their organizations manage COVID-19 pandemic impacts.
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• World

DHS Homeland Threat Assessment highlights key risks
The US Department of Homeland Security has published its 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA), which brings together threat information from across the DHS, including intelligence and operational components.
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• US

Roundup of September’s natural disasters
Aon has released the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred around the world during September 2020.
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• World

Non-native disaster recovery and backup solutions adversely affect RTOs and RPOs for container-based applications
Zerto has published the key findings of a co-sponsored ESG survey and eBook entitled ‘Data Protection Trends and Strategies for Containers’. As containers continue to rise in popularity, organizations need to understand that they are uniquely designed and consequently require a specialised data protection strategy.
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• US / World

Why measuring the cost of downtime is important for your organization
Almost a quarter of organisations are still unable to determine what IT downtime costs their business. This is according to new research conducted by Databarracks.
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• UK

2020 Travelers Risk Index finds fewer US companies are taking steps to mitigate cyber threats
The Travelers Companies, Inc. has announced the results of the 2020 Travelers Risk Index, which found that fewer companies than last year have taken steps to mitigate cyber risks, even though the level of concern about these threats has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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• US

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