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

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FEATURE ARTICLES

Avalution

Four tips on how to stay resilient when migrating to hybrid multicloud
Many organizations are turning to hybrid multicloud environments to help ensure that resilience is maintained and enhanced in this period of accelerated digital transformation. Andrea Sayles highlights four areas that organizations need to consider in their migration to hybrid multicloud.
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• World

COVID-19: experiences from the ultimate business continuity test
The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched business continuity plans across the world and has tested virtually every planning assumption. Steve Dance highlights some useful lessons learned from this for business continuity managers.
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• UK / World

Evacuations in a global crisis: lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the duty of care that organizations have for employee well-being and how this sometimes requires extreme measures. Dr. Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez from International SOS highlights some key lessons learned during the pandemic.
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• World

ClearView

Hurricane Laura: recovery updates for impacted businesses
Hurricane Laura made landfall on Thursday August 27, 2020, as a Category Four hurricane. This Continuity Central update page will track recovery information for businesses that have been impacted by the storm.
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• US

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

Webinar: Coping with a No-Deal Brexit Amid Global Pandemic, a panel discussion
Wednesday, September 9th @ 3pm BST
With time to make an agreement between the UK and the European Union running out and the UK Government ruling out any extension to the current relationship, businesses are facing the prospect of handling the issues associated with a no-deal Brexit in a few months’ time. There is a strong prospect that this will take place while organizations are attempting to recover from COVID-19 impacts or, worse, in the midst of another wave of the pandemic. In this webinar, a panel of business continuity professionals will give their real-world take on the planning that is taking place within their organizations for managing this situation; and will explain their role in the process now and in the future. More details and signup.

Tooling for optimal resilience
This paper by Gert Kogenhop, (Hon.) MBCI, looks at the latest definitions of business resilience, describes the structure of a business resilience management system, and explains why sharing and collecting information is at the heart of a resilient organization. The paper says that the use of software underpins solid business resilience practice, enforcing both the mandatory and optional elements of policy compliance and process management.
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• World

Moving towards a cloud-first strategy? Disaster recovery is a good first step...
Taking disaster recovery operations to the cloud is a good first step in the journey towards becoming a ‘cloud-first’ organization says Gijsbert Janssen van Doorn, highlighting three potential routes to achieve cloud DR.
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• World

Daisy

Where’s our next shock coming from?
While so much attention is being focused on COVID-19 will we miss seeing a tipping point that creates the next shock? Geary Sikich discusses tipping points, how entanglement might require a rethinking of risk, and looks at five areas where the next global shock may emerge from.
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• World

Why hybrid cloud with data tape storage can offer the best of all worlds
Chris Kehoe, Head of Infrastructure Engineering at FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. makes the case for including tape alongside cloud to strengthen data protection strategies.
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• World

RESEARCH, REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Assurance Software

Why do we distort probability? Scientists explore the cognitive limitations that hamper risk decision-making
Human perception of probabilities - especially very small and very large probabilities - can be markedly distorted and these distortions can lead to potentially disastrous decisions. But why we distort probability has been unclear. Now a team of scientists from New York University and Peking University has published the results of research into the nature of these distortions, which offers potential clues for explaining this phenomenon.
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• US / World

How effective does a COVID-19 vaccine need to be to stop the pandemic?
Researchers around the world are working hard to find a COVID-19 vaccine but how effective does a vaccine need to be to allow a return to normal life? A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine provides some insights.
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• US / World

COVID-19 resilience requirements resulted in digital transformation being fast-tracked finds new research
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rate of digital transformation taking place within UK businesses, new research from Studio Graphene has found.
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• UK / World

eBRP

Research demonstrates enterprises must adapt to address telework security challenges
Fortinet has published its 2020 Remote Workforce Cybersecurity Report, which investigates the cyber security challenges that organizations faced as a result of the dramatic shift to telework early in 2020 and the planned investments to secure remote work going forward.
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• US / World

Survey highlights significant business impacts related to Active Directory outages and attacks
Semperis, has announced the availability of its 2020 study ‘Recovering Active Directory from Cyber Disasters’, which is based on a survey of over 350 identity-centric security leaders.
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• World

Mid-year update to Marsh Political Risk Map 2020 shows that political risk increases across the world
Marsh JLT Specialty has published a mid-year update to its Political Risk Map 2020, providing risk ratings for 197 countries across nine perils from January to July 2020. All 197 countries rated experienced an increase in their risk scores between January and July 2020 compared to 30 percent in the same period in 2019.
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• World

RiskResLtd

SAI Global publishes 2020 Business Continuity Benchmark Report
SAI Global has released results from a business continuity benchmarking study. ‘Addressing the COVID-19 gap: How Business Continuity professionals can propel business forward’ provides the results of a pre-COVID survey and a March 2020 follow up.
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• World

Researchers use artificial intelligence to strengthen power grid resilience
The US power grid system is not only large but dynamic, which makes it especially challenging to manage. Human operators know how to maintain systems when conditions are static. But when conditions change quickly operators lack a clear way of anticipating how the system should best adapt to meet system security and safety requirements.
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• US

Research finds that cyber crisis preparation is failing to adapt to modern threats
A ‘stark disconnect’ exists between the inadequacy of crisis exercising and the desire to build an effective cyber crisis response function, according to a new Osterman Research study published in association with Immersive Labs.
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• UK / North America

Fortress

NIST publishes guidance on zero trust architecture
NIST has announced the availability of Special Publication (SP) 800-207, Zero Trust Architecture, which discusses the core logical components that make up a zero trust architecture (ZTA).
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• US / World

Survey shows that businesses can operate ‘surprisingly well’ in a virtual or hybrid work setting
An international Boston Consulting Group (BCG) survey on employee sentiment reveals that productivity can be maintained surprisingly well in a virtual or hybrid work setting.
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• Various

2020 Cloud Security Report highlights top challenges
Check Point and Cybersecurity Insiders have published their global 2020 Cloud Security Report, highlighting the challenges faced by enterprise security teams in protecting data and workloads in their public cloud deployments.
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• World

Risk Logic

BSI consults on new standard for managing psychosocial risks in the work environment
BSI is asking business owners, line managers, HR and OH&S professionals and anyone else who has an interest in psychological health and well-being at work to provide feedback on a new standard for managing psychosocial risks.
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• UK / World

Basel Committee consults on operational risk and operational resilience guidance
The Basel Committee has published a draft update to its existing guidance on operational risk and has developed operational resilience guidance in-line with this. The Committee is asking for feedback on the documents by Friday 6th November 2020.
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• Europe / World

BSI survey finds that supply chain issues are still impacting many North American organizations
BSI recently conducted a survey among business leaders in North America to better understand the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on organizations and evaluate their business continuity efforts on the road to recovery.
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• North America

Roundup of major natural disaster impacts in July 2020
Aon has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during July 2020.
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• World

First enterprise risk and resilience management standard for the utility sector published
BSI and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) have launched PAS 60518:2020, a new guidance standard entitled ‘Developing and implementing enterprise risk and resilience management (ERRM) in utilities’.
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• World

Study shows how the pandemic has increased pressure on brands to avoid apps and websites downtime
A new study shows the scale of pressure brands now face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as consumers flock to apps and websites as the priority destination to transact with brands.
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• UK

H1 2020 DDoS report reveals a surge in DDoS attacks
Link11 has released findings from its H1 2020 DDoS Report, which shows that there has been an increase in DDoS attacks during the period. In April, May and June 2020, the number of attacks registered by Link11’s Security Operations Center (LSOC) averaged 97 percent higher than the during the same period in 2019...
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• Europe / World

Research paper looks at the critical need to reconcile and synthesize supply chain continuity and resilience methods
In ‘Business Continuity Management for Supply Chains Facing Catastrophic Events’, a new paper published in the IEEE Engineering Management Review, the authors look at different methods of managing supply chain continuity and resilience and explain why convergence is required.
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• World

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