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

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FEATURE ARTICLES

ClearView

Edge computing and hyperconvergence: the formula for maximum uptime?
There is plenty of hype around edge computing and hyperconvergence, but how useful are these technology approaches to business continuity? Alan Conboy explains why the combination can help to reduce downtime to the absolute minimum.
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• World

Crisis communications lessons from a statement made by the UK National Grid CEO
On August 9th the UK experienced its largest wide-area power outage for over a decade, causing widespread disruption. Following the incident, National Grid CEO John Pettigrew issued a crisis communications statement, which provides some interesting lessons...
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• UK / World

The importance of cyber due diligence in mergers and acquisition risk management
The need for cyber due diligence in a merger or acquisition of a business is more relevant than ever before. Connor Lattimer, Associate Director at Control Risks, explores the subject, and offers some pointers for risk managers.
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• UK / World

Assurance Software

Has the crisis communications ‘golden hour’ disappeared?
The rapid growth of social media, fuelled by camera-enabled smart phones, is obvious for all to see, and it has had fundamental impacts on society. But what about its impacts on crisis communications? Victoria Cross suggests that it has resulted in the disappearance of the traditional ‘golden hour’.
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• UK / World

An approach to cyber resiliency: unifying cyber security incident response and business continuity
Bringing cyber security incident response and business continuity teams together will enable organizations to better manage cyber resiliency suggests Chandrasekar S.
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• World

Understanding the wider impacts of workplace loss
The effects of losing a workplace office go further than the actual physical loss. Dr Sandra Bell looks at the wider implications of workplace loss and explores the strategies that organizations can implement to prepare for the impacts.
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• World

How automation can help safeguard financial services from cyber threats
The financial services industry is a key target for cyber attacks, yet given the size and complexity of the organizations involved in this sector it is often difficult to manage security. Automation is an emerging tool which can help says Nick Lowe.
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• World

RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Daisy

Research shows that organizations are getting better at understanding IT downtime costs
Data taken from Databarracks recently released Data Health Check survey shows that only 19 percent do not know how much IT downtime costs their business: this is down from 35 percent in 2017.
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• UK / World

The human element in cyber attacks remains key, despite AI advances
Juniper Research has published a new report, ‘The Future of Cybercrime & Security: Threat Analysis, Impact Assessment & Mitigation Strategies 2019-2024’.
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• World

New research into reading comprehension could help improve business continuity plan use
Researchers have found that a knowledge threshold may be an essential component of reading comprehension; and this could suggest that people expected to use business continuity plans may need a level of BC understanding before they can effectively use the plan.
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• World

Global organizations ‘face significant gaps in enterprise risk management’
New GRC survey uncovers mixed levels of executive confidence in organizations’ ability to manage risks, map ownership and identify third-party vulnerabilities.
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• World

eBRP

Business disruptions and affective reactions: a strategy-as-practice perspective on fast strategic decision making
Affective reactions are the physical and emotional ways that a person reacts to a particular situation. In a new academic paper the authors look at how they can impact decision making in pressurized situations.
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• Europe / World

Key questions to ask to improve your third-party IT risk management
A new resource from ISACA, ‘Managing Third-Party Risk: Cyberrisk Practices for Better Enterprise Risk Management’ provides information and advice to help organizations better manage third-party IT risks.
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• US / World

Survey identifies security blind spots as organizations tackle advanced threats
As the quantity and frequency of advanced threats continue to accelerate, a new SANS Institute survey, ‘Effectively Addressing Advanced Threats’, found that a continued lack of visibility and the complexity of managing data across on-premises and cloud infrastructures further complicates the battle against such threats.
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• US / World

Industrial IoT cyber vulnerabilities 'could cause multi-billion dollar losses'
Kovrr has released a report that estimates the potential for both large and catastrophic insurance losses to the United States manufacturing industry due to recently discovered industrial IoT vulnerabilities.
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• US

Fortress

Key person risks are critical for many UK small businesses
More than a quarter (26 percent) of small businesses in the UK would have to immediately close if a key person died or became critically ill, according to research by Legal & General into the business protection market.
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• UK

Organizations need to do more to manage third party risks says US Chamber of Commerce
The Q2 Assessment of Business Cyber Risk (ABC) report released by the US Chamber of Commerce and FICO recorded a National Risk Score of 688, a slight improvement over the previous quarter's score of 687.
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• US / World

Ransomware modifications double year-on-year: sign that criminal activity is intensifying
Kaspersky researchers detected 16,017 new ransomware modifications in Q2 2019 – including ones belonging to eight new malware families.
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• World

Point-in-time approach to third-party risk management is no longer effective says Gartner
A Gartner survey of more than 250 legal and compliance leaders reveals that the standard point-in-time approach to risk management is no longer effective in today's landscape of fast-paced, rapidly changing business relationships.
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• US / World

Capital Continuity

Research shows that red team exercises are more effective than blue
A new survey-based study from Exabeam showed that 68 percent of respondents find that red team exercises are more effective than blue team testing, and more companies are practicing red over blue team testing.
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• US / World

‘Under the radar’ DDoS attacks increase by 158 percent in Q2 2019
Small-scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are becoming more frequent and sophisticated, according to new research from Neustar’s Security Operations Centre (SOC).
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• World

Malicious encryption of shared network files in cloud service providers is top ransomware threat
Vectra research for its ‘Spotlight Report on Ransomware’ shows that cybercriminals’ most effective weapon in a ransomware attack is the network itself, which enables the malicious encryption of shared files on network servers, especially files stored in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud providers.
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• World

IoD member survey finds that businesses are struggling to prepare for a no-deal Brexit
The odds of the UK leaving the European Union on 31st October without a deal seem to be increasing, but an Institute of Directors study has found that half of businesses surveyed say that they ‘cannot be fully prepared’.
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• UK

Australian organisations partner to help the development of peer to peer networks for business continuity planning
The Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) is partnering with the Australian Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors to support business continuity planning through local community networks.
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• Australia

Most ERM frameworks don't factor in reputation…
In an article on the Airmic website, Kasper Nielsen, chief strategy officer at the Reputation Institute, says that most organizations still don't understand how to manage their reputation.
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• World

Survey looks at UK financial services firms’ no-deal Brexit contingency planning
Nearly half (42 percent) of financial services firms say they will transfer UK business to a global centre outside the EU on day one in a no-deal Brexit scenario, with most choosing New York/US (13 percent) for this location.
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• UK

Cyber Threat Intelligence Report for the first half of 2019
NETSCOUT has published its Threat Intelligence Report for the first half of 2019. The report underscores how dramatically the cyber criminal business model has matured into an efficient, global operation and the increasing geographical diversity and proliferation of nation-state advance persistent threats (APT) groups.
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• World

Annual security professionals survey shows that budgets grow slower than rising threat levels
A lack of resources is the single biggest challenge for IT security, followed by a lack of experience and skills, according to ‘The Security Profession in 2018/19’ report from the Chartered Institute of Information Security.
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• World

Performance indicators for supply chain resilience: review and conceptual framework
A paper recently published in the Journal of Industrial Engineering International discusses supply chain resilience and identifies indicators which can help in increasing performance and making a supply chain more resilient.
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• Asia / World

Security teams spend 25 percent of their time chasing false positives
Exabeam and the Ponemon Institute, have published research results which reveal that on average, security personnel in US enterprises waste approximately 25 percent of their time chasing false positives because security alerts or indicators of compromise (IOCs) are erroneous.
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• US

Worldwide Business Resilience Readiness survey identifies a damaging ‘perception gap’
Zerto has published the findings of its sponsored IDC survey, the Worldwide Business Resilience Readiness Thought Leadership Survey. The subsequent report revealed that 91 percent of respondents have experienced a tech-related disruption in the past two years and yet 82 percent of respondents said data protection and recovery are important to their digital transformation projects.
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• World

New Deloitte report offers guidance on enhancing operational resilience in the UK financial services sector
In July 2018 the Bank of England and UK Financial Conduct Authority published a discussion paper on operational resilience and are expected to strengthen regulation in this area. Deloitte has issued a new report to assist financial sector organizations prepare.
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• UK

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