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.

04/19/2018 05:00 AM
NIST releases an update to its widely-used Cybersecurity Framework
The US Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released version 1.1 of its popular Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, more widely known as the Cybersecurity Framework.

04/19/2018 05:00 AM
The 2018 Emerging Trends in Product Recall and Contamination Risk Management report
Aon has published its annual review of product recalls looking at emerging trends in this area and the lessons that can be learned from incidents in 2017.

04/19/2018 05:00 AM
Developing resiliency for retail businesses with warehousing on demand
The need to manage seasonality is a given for the majority of retailers - from Easter to Christmas, Black Friday to summer sales, effective management of trading peaks is key to success. But in an increasingly volatile business environment, with events from Brexit to global political uncertainty affecting retail operations, future proofing any business has become a significant challenge. As Charlie Pool, CEO, Stowga explains, rethinking seasonal planning by embracing warehousing on demand can not only cut costs but also deliver essential contingency planning for retail businesses.

04/18/2018 05:00 AM
Survey looks at amplified DDOS threats: organizations are becoming increasingly concerned
The majority (92 percent) of organizations are taking steps to minimise the risk from amplified distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks utilising Memcached servers, according to new survey-based research from the Neustar International Security Council (NISC).

04/18/2018 05:00 AM
Survey finds that energy security professionals are concerned about 'catastrophic failure' caused by cyber attacks
Tripwire, Inc., has announced the results of a survey conducted by Dimensional Research examining industrial control systems (ICS) security in the energy industry. The survey was conducted in March, and its respondents included 151 IT and operational technology (OT) security professionals at energy and oil and gas companies.

04/18/2018 05:00 AM
Supply chain risk management explored
Riskmethods has published the results of a global survey on supply chain risk management and the evolving role of procurement in today's supply chains.

04/17/2018 05:00 AM
Preparing for hurricane season and other severe weather events
For many organizations severe weather is the biggest potential cause of major disruption. While damage may be unavoidable during a severe weather incident, there are many steps that can be taken to enhance resilience. Andy Bryson provides some useful checklists...

04/17/2018 05:00 AM
European-generated cyber attacks on UK businesses double in March
The volume of Internet-vectored cyber attacks on UK businesses originating from European locations doubled in March, according to data published by Beaming.

04/17/2018 05:00 AM
State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool being tested to help resilience planning in US states
The National Governors Association has announced that it will work with Idaho, Maryland and Oregon to test its new State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool (SRAP Tool) and identify best practices in adapting to, withstanding and recovering from disasters.

04/17/2018 05:00 AM
New study shows cyber resilience improvements; but still work to do for many organizations
With ransomware and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on the rise, the average number of focused cyber attacks per organization has more than doubled this year compared to the previous 12 months (232 through January 2018 versus 106 through January 2017).

04/17/2018 05:00 AM
Risk management processes are not keeping up with emerging technologies: survey
Emerging technologies continue to rapidly change the way businesses operate and interact with customers, yet risk management processes are not keeping pace with the associated risks, according to a new report published by Marsh and RIMS, the risk management society.

04/13/2018 05:00 AM
How to remain in control of a crisis: however strange the cause
Occasionally a business will be hit by an incident so unusual that it would have been almost impossible to predict. Jen Horsman uses the case of Italian restaurant chain Zizzi, which was impacted by the Salisbury nerve agent attack, to show how preparations can still be made.

04/13/2018 05:00 AM
EU financial regulators warn about future risks
The securities, banking and insurance sectors in the European Union (EU) face multiple risks, the latest report on risks and vulnerabilities by the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) shows.

04/13/2018 05:00 AM
Emerging threats: account takeover based attacks rapidly increasing
Findings from an Osterman Research survey show that account takeover based (ATO) attacks are increasing and impacted 44 percent of surveyed businesses in the past 12 months.

04/12/2018 05:00 AM
Aon's 2018 Risk Maps show heightened levels of political risk and terrorism
Aon has published its 2018 Risk Maps for Political Risk, Terrorism and Political Violence, produced in conjunction with Continuum Economics and The Risk Advisory Group.

04/12/2018 05:00 AM
Vast majority of organizations are unable to identify anomalous behaviour in cloud applications
Bitglass has published the findings of a survey for its 'Cloud Hard 2018: Security with a Vengeance' report, which includes insights from over 570 cybersecurity and IT professionals on their approach to cloud security.

04/12/2018 05:00 AM
NIST proposes a new approach to process analysis: the Criticality Analysis Process Model
NIST has releasing a publication and a new model that will help organizations to identify those systems and components that are most vital and which may need additional security or other protections.

04/10/2018 05:00 AM
Don’t get hung up on the scenario when planning business continuity exercises
Charlie Maclean Bristol, FBCI, looks at the objectives, format and scenario of business continuity exercises, and explains why scenarios are not the most important factor when planning an exercise.

04/10/2018 05:00 AM
There is no room for complacency when it comes to ransomware
Ransomware attacks are a key cybersecurity threat for global organizations and attacks have doubled since 2017, now targeting business critical systems, warns Verizon's 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).

04/10/2018 05:00 AM
Brexit business continuity in the chemicals industry
A survey by Chemical Watch has found that almost half of the UK's chemical firms are planning to create additional legal entities in the EU for business continuity purposes.

04/09/2018 05:00 AM
Infrastructure and operations skills gaps will cause organizations to experience 'visible business disruptions'
Two-thirds of organizations are not adequately addressing the infrastructure and operations skills gaps that will impede their digital business initiatives, according to Gartner, Inc. Successful I+O organizations will need to implement vastly different roles and technologies during the next five years.

04/06/2018 05:00 AM
DDoS attacks continue to increase: and a quarter claim unintended victims
Over a quarter of businesses that have been hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack don’t think they were the intended target, highlighting that businesses can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to today’s threat landscape.

04/06/2018 05:00 AM
Initial lessons from the Eurocontrol IT failure
On April 3rd millions of European air travellers were impacted by an IT failure at the Eurocontrol air traffic control centre. In this article, Ian Aitchison, looks at what happened and what lessons can be learned from the incident.

04/06/2018 05:00 AM
Ransomware hidden in backups requires organizations to re-examine strategies
In response to developing ransomware techniques which target backups, Asigra is calling for organizations to review their backup policies and double down on redundancy so that multiple remote copies of mission critical backups are available when the next attack occurs.

04/04/2018 05:00 AM
Majority of critical infrastructure operators admit to lacking adequate security controls
Indegy has published the results of a survey in which 60 percent of executives at critical infrastructure operators say that their organization lacks appropriate controls to protect their environments from security threats.

04/04/2018 05:00 AM
Risk and managing risk - a new guide
Airmic has published a new version of its popular guide to risk management; 'EXPLAINED: Risk and managing risk' was first published in 2016 and has now been updated.

04/04/2018 05:00 AM
What's the way forward for cyber security in an increasingly complex threat landscape?
Barry Shteiman looks at the role of machine learning in cyber security and explains that, while it is not a 'silver bullet', it has a distinct role when augmented with human intelligence.

04/03/2018 05:00 AM
Survey of senior security executives shows concerning lack of cyber threat knowledge, budget and preparedness
A recent survey by Ponemon Institute, commissioned by SolarWinds MSP, looked at senior security executives' awareness of and readiness for increased malware and ransomware threats.

04/03/2018 05:00 AM
Arcserve Global Study reveals disaster recovery planning challenges
Arcserve, LLC, has released results from a new survey revealing that while the cost of downtime is the top IT concern, less than 15 percent of businesses have a high degree of confidence in recovering their data should downtime or a disaster event occur.

04/03/2018 05:00 AM
Microsoft announces enhanced resiliency options for Azure
Microsoft says that Azure Availability Zones are now available to help organizations implement a comprehensive resiliency strategy. The announcement was made in a blog post by Azure Head of Global Infrastructure, Tom Keane.