Business Continuity News

Business continuity and disaster recovery news from around the world. Provided by Continuity Central, the international business continuity news and information portal.

11/21/2017 05:00 AM
UK Parliament committee hears of supply chain risks linked to hard Brexit
A hearing of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee of the UK Parliament has heard from the aviation sector concerning the potential impacts of Brexit.

11/21/2017 05:00 AM
2018 will see cyber attackers turning to 'software backdooring'
Kaspersky Lab has published it threat predictions for 2018, stating that it expects that in the coming year the world will see more legitimate software being poisoned by groups targeting wider victim profiles and geographies.

11/21/2017 05:00 AM
Many cyber and technology risk management programs are simply 'going through the motions'
The Fair Institute has released findings from its 2017 Risk Management Maturity Benchmark Survey. Results show low risk management maturity levels regardless of industry or organization size.

11/21/2017 05:00 AM
New ENISA study looks at Internet of Things threat to critical information infrastructures
The EU Cybersecurity Agency, ENISA, has published a report on the security of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the potential impact on critical information infrastructures. The study, entitled ‘Baseline Security Recommendations for Internet of Things in the context of critical information infrastructures’, aims to set the scene for IoT security in Europe.

11/20/2017 05:00 AM
DRI International issues its Third Annual Global Risk and Resilience Trends Report
Each November DRI International publishes its Global Risk and Resilience Trends Report. This provides a summary of key trends that emerged over the course of the year as well as insight into the current state of the profession. The 2017 edition of the report is now available.

11/20/2017 05:00 AM
Many larger US businesses cannot increase backup frequencies due to IT infrastructure restrictions
An independent survey of US IT decision makers (ITDMs) conducted by StorageCraft reveals that many organizations lack confidence in their current data recovery implementation. The survey also uncovered an alarming number of businesses unable to increase the frequency of data backup due to the scale of data growth and limitations in their backup infrastructure.

11/20/2017 05:00 AM
A third of businesses do not know how much IT downtime will cost their business
Research from business continuity and disaster recovery provider, Databarracks, has found that organizations are failing to understand the true cost of IT downtime, with a third of organizations (35 percent), unsure what an IT outage would end up costing their business.

11/16/2017 05:00 AM
Gartner reports the results of a survey looking at gender balance in the business continuity profession
In an article by Roberta Witty, Gartner has published the results of a survey jointly conducted with the Association of Continuity Professionals looking at gender diversity in the business continuity profession.

11/16/2017 05:00 AM
Average organization suffers five critical IT incidents a month: survey
In a report entitled ‘Damage Control — The Impact of Critical IT Incidents’, Splunk Inc. has published the results of new research from analyst firm Quocirca.

11/16/2017 05:00 AM
Survey shows that many organizations may miss GDPR deadline
A recent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) readiness survey undertaken by the specialist law firm, Technology Law Alliance, shows that only 18 percent of UK and multi-national organizations are 'highly confident' that they will meet the deadline next May, for compliance with the new GDPR.

11/16/2017 05:00 AM
RIMS applauds House approval of the US National Flood Insurance Program; urges Senate to act quickly
RIMS, the risk management society, has welcomed the US House of Representatives' decision to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and urges the Senate to quickly follow before the program’s December 8th expiration.

11/15/2017 05:00 AM
Highly destructive and self-learning 'swarm' cyberattacks predicted to emerge in 2018
Fortinet has published predictions from the Fortinet FortiGuard Labs global research team about the threat landscape for 2018. The trends reveal the methods and strategies that cybercriminals may employ in the near future and demonstrate the potential impact of cyberattacks to the global economy.

11/15/2017 05:00 AM
Critical infrastructure breaches expected during the next two years
Black Hat's latest research report, entitled 'The Cyber Threat In Europe', publishes the findings from a September 2017 survey of nearly 130 IT and security professionals from more than 15 European countries.

11/14/2017 05:00 AM
Why multi-layered backup is key to business continuity in the battle against cyber crime
When it comes to cyber attacks, Gareth Griffiths says that having a comprehensive business continuity plan is no use if the backups themselves are not secure. Using the example of UK NHS Trusts, Gareth explains why there needs to be more emphasis on the robustness of protection.

11/14/2017 05:00 AM
Test data management: the hidden GDPR challenge
As organizational preparation for the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation gathers speed, Dan Martland and Iain Finlayson highlight an area which can easily be overlooked.

11/14/2017 05:00 AM
2018 cyber security predictions
It's the time of year when thoughts turn to 2018 and the changes in the threat landscape that we may see. In this article Oliver Tavakoli, provides his predictions for the cyber security area.

11/10/2017 05:00 AM
Using drones in business continuity planning and exercising
The benefits of drone deployment during disaster recovery are well-known. They have supported emergency response teams around the world many times - providing critical, real-time insight for faster damage assessments and faster recovery decisions. But drones can also be deployed during business continuity planning and exercising to great effect, says Kate Treen.

11/09/2017 05:00 AM
Scottish Government launches new public sector cyber resilience plan
At an event hosted by CBI Scotland, Scottish Government Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced the publication of a new public sector action plan on cyber resilience, aimed at protecting Scotland's public sector against cyber attacks.

11/09/2017 05:00 AM
US states to explore lessons from GridEx IV critical infrastructure resilience exercise
The US National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has selected five states — Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, South Dakota and Wisconsin — to participate in a workshop to explore lessons learned from the GridEx IV exercise.

11/09/2017 05:00 AM
Central pressure deficit rather than wind speed is a better predictor of hurricane damage
The system for categorizing hurricanes accounts only for peak wind speeds, but research published in Nature Communications explains why central pressure deficit is a better indicator of economic damage from storms in the United States.

11/09/2017 05:00 AM
The Excellence in Risk Management Awards 2017
The Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) has announced the winners of the Excellence in Risk Management Awards, which were presented at a gala dinner on Monday 6th November in London.

11/08/2017 05:00 AM
Research finds direct relationship between strong risk management practices and organizational resiliency
Aon in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has released the fifth edition of the Aon Risk Maturity Index Insight Report. Findings reinforced a direct relationship between strong risk management practices and superior operating performance for organizations.

11/08/2017 05:00 AM
Manufacturing is the sector most prone to unplanned downtime due to human error
User error is a more common cause of unplanned downtime in the manufacturing sector than any other sector, according to a new Vanson Bourne global study, sponsored by ServiceMax from GE Digital. Unplanned downtime triggered by user error is 23 percent compared to as low as 9 percent in other sectors.

11/08/2017 05:00 AM
The winners of the BCI Global Awards
The Business Continuity Institute presented its annual Global Awards for excellence in the business continuity and resilience profession at a Gala Dinner in London on 7th November.

11/07/2017 05:00 AM
BCI launches Good Practice Guidelines 2018 Edition
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has announced that the latest version of its Good Practice Guidelines to business continuity is now available. The 2018 edition features a new concept for both the design and content.

11/07/2017 05:00 AM
Business continuity and the supply chain
For the past nine years the Business Continuity Institute has conducted an annual survey into supply chain business continuity practices. The latest survey has been published, supported by Zurich Insurance Group.

11/07/2017 05:00 AM
The RIMS 2017 Enterprise Risk Management Survey
The recently published RIMS 2017 Enterprise Risk Management Survey explores the evolution of ERM, drawing comparisons to the Society's 2013 survey. The survey highlights the effectiveness and advantages of ERM programs, as well as leadership's expectations of ERM, implementation strategies and challenges.

11/07/2017 05:00 AM
Hybrid cloud environments: the state of security
Most enterprises face major challenges when managing security across their hybrid enterprise networks both during and after cloud migrations, according to the new 'Hybrid Cloud Environments: The State of Security' survey from AlgoSec.

11/03/2017 05:00 AM
Business continuity in 2018: interim survey results
Every year Continuity Central conducts a survey looking at the changing trends and challenges in the business continuity profession. The interim results of the latest survey in the series are now available and are as follows...

11/03/2017 05:00 AM
Common trends and weaknesses in crisis preparedness and business resilience
Victoria Cross, managing partner, Instinctif Partners' Business Resilience team, discusses the top trends which have emerged from the company's CrisisOptic and RecallOptic online diagnostic and benchmarking tools over the past year.

11/03/2017 05:00 AM
Cyber attack, storms and catastrophic events are power and utilities top risks
Business interruption due to storms, catastrophic events and cyber attack present the biggest threat to power and utilities companies, according to a new EY report, 'Risk Pulse: Navigating the power and utilities sector in transformation' which ranks the strategic, financial, operational and compliance risks across the sector.

11/03/2017 05:00 AM
Report highlights the top BYOD and cloud security priorities for organizations
Bitglass, the Total Data Protection company, has announced the findings of its BYOD and Identity research report, which includes insights from more than 200 IT and security professionals surveyed at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo conference.

11/01/2017 05:00 AM
Using business impact analysis to address network security risks
Asher Benbenisty looks at how organizations can apply the business impact analysis methodology to remediate risk within the network security infrastructure - and ensure security is business driven.

11/01/2017 05:00 AM
Seven tips to reduce data breach risks via IAM
Centrify has shared seven best practices for enterprises to effectively defend their corporate assets from cyber adversaries through increasing their identity and access management (IAM) maturity to effectively reduce the likelihood of a data breach.

11/01/2017 05:00 AM
UK consumer survey shows why businesses need to take GDPR risks seriously
The lure of compensation pay-outs and the chance to get their own back on companies who might have treated them badly: these are two of the reasons that will tempt UK consumers to use their new rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), new research suggests.

11/01/2017 05:00 AM
Hurricane recovery: CARICOM islands aim to rebuild as the first climate resilient countries in the world
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has scheduled a High-level Donor Conference on 20th-21st November at UN Headquarters in New York to mobilise international resources for its Members devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

10/31/2017 05:00 AM
Approaches to unplanned downtime are changing according to a new survey
A global research study by Vanson Bourne has found that strategies to deal with unplanned downtime are changing from being recovery focussed to being focussed on pre-emptive actions.

10/31/2017 05:00 AM
System compromises are the top cyber concern for European businesses
System compromises are now the greatest cyber concern for IT security leaders, with nearly one in four (23 percent) security leaders citing them as the biggest threat to their business, according to new research from the Neustar International Security Council (NISC).

10/31/2017 05:00 AM
New Refinable Attack Investigation (RAIN) systems enables rapid assessment of cyber attacks
Until now, assessing the extent and impact of network or computer system attacks has been largely a time-consuming manual process. A new software system being developed by cyber security researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology will largely automate that process allowing investigators to quickly and accurately pinpoint how intruders entered the network, what data they took and which computer systems were compromised.

10/31/2017 05:00 AM
New optical submarine cable to connect Japan, US and Philippines with large capacity and low latency
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) has announced that as part of a consortium comprising SoftBank, Facebook, Amazon, PLDT and PCCW Global, it signed an agreement on 27th October to participate in the construction and maintenance of the JUPITER large-capacity low-latency optical submarine cable between Asia and the US.

10/27/2017 05:00 AM
Future business continuity: how technology and strategy improvements will impact the profession
The business world is facing a period of rapid change with various emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence and machine learning, expected to fundamentally change the structure of organizations and society. How might these developments impact the business continuity profession? Charles Boffin makes some suggestions...

10/27/2017 05:00 AM
Making the cloud security experience as safe and secure as possible
Cloud security is an on-going headache for IT many organizations, with difficulties getting the same level of visibility into cloud-based workloads as they have on their physical network. Andrew Lintell explores the issue and points to the way forward.

10/27/2017 05:00 AM
Survey shows that many organizations are using multiple cloud providers to enhance resilience
'The Truth in Cloud' study by Vanson Bourne and commissioned by Veritas Technologies, surveyed 1,200 global business and IT decision makers in 13 countries, revealing that customers are embracing multi-cloud as a key component of their business strategies.

10/27/2017 05:00 AM
Risk management continues to move to the cloud to extend across the enterprise and out to supply chains
Sword Active Risk has released the latest findings from its annual Active Risk Manager (ARM) Global Customer Survey. Responses came from over 100 Risk Managers in companies worldwide across highly risk-aware industry sectors.

10/27/2017 05:00 AM
More than half of organizations say their third-party risk management programs are maturing or advanced
NAVEX Global has published the release of its 2017 Ethics and Compliance Third-Party Risk Management Benchmark Report. While concerns about third-party risk remain high – particularly regarding cyber security – more than half of organizations (58 percent) ranked their programs as maturing or advanced.

10/25/2017 05:00 AM
Disaster makes people with depressive symptoms less healthy
People who exhibit even a few depressive symptoms before a major life stressor, such as a disaster, may experience an increase in inflammation - a major risk factor for heart disease and other negative health conditions - after the event, according to new research from Rice University.

10/25/2017 05:00 AM
Europol-ENISA conference reviews the security challenges of IoT
While it has many positive effects, the threats and risks related to the Internet of Things (IoT) are many and they evolve rapidly. For this reason, ENISA and Europol joined forces to tackle these security challenges by organising a dedicated two-day conference on 18th and 19th October 2017.

10/25/2017 05:00 AM
Future New York City flooding risk examined
Rising sea levels caused by a warming climate threaten future damage to New York City, but the paths of stronger future storms may shift offshore, changing the coastal risk for the city, according to a team of climate scientists.

10/24/2017 05:00 AM
The BIA is here to stay: but the chosen methodology is irrelevant
Rico Andrew Patron enters the contentious debate about the future of the business impact analysis, responding to two recent articles on Continuity Central, and concluding that, while the BIA will continue to be the foundation from which the BCM program is built, the BIA method chosen must match the unique needs of individual organizations.

10/24/2017 05:00 AM
PwC survey highlights massive corporate planning failures when it comes to cyber security
44 percent of the 9,500 executives in 122 countries surveyed say they do not have an overall information security strategy; 48 percent do not have an employee security awareness training programme, and 54 percent don't have an incident response process.

10/24/2017 05:00 AM
Security has to be a top priority as organizations consider transforming technologies
Over the next five years, the top three technologies that are set to move from the fringes to the business mainstream are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and the Internet of Things, according to CBI research. In fact, half of businesses think AI will soon fundamentally transform their sector.

10/24/2017 05:00 AM
Proceedings from the 2017 Global platform for disaster risk reduction now available
UNISDR has announced that the proceedings of The Fifth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 24th to 26th May 2017 in Cancún, Mexico, are now available.

10/24/2017 05:00 AM
Warning issued about advanced persistent threats targeting critical infrastructure
US-CERT has published alert TA17-293A: 'Advanced Persistent Threat Activity Targeting Energy and Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors'. This alert is the result of analytic efforts between the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).