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.

09/15/2017 07:00 AM
Developing effective disaster recovery programs: what can we learn from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey?
Geary Sikich looks at some of the 'lessons learned' that have been published following Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and provides his own take on these. He also presents a resilience framework, which breaks the resilience process into strategic, operational and tactical levels.

09/15/2017 07:00 AM
A methodological approach for developing a business impact analysis
While business impact analysis (BIA) is seen by many as the backbone of any business continuity management system (BCMS) it is lacking a formal methodology. Here, Alberto G. Alexander, Ph.D, MBCI, details nine methodological steps for developing a BIA and discusses information gathering methods and BIA project management aspects.

09/15/2017 07:00 AM
How to diffuse the IT blame game following an incident
Network visibility is often the root cause of difficulties during information security incidents. Keith Bromley explains why this is the case and what organizations can do about the issue.

09/15/2017 07:00 AM
Reputation is the most important element of organizational resilience: survey
Protecting reputation tops business leaders list of priorities, ahead of financial achievements and business leadership, according to the world's first benchmark of organizational resilience published by BSI.

09/15/2017 07:00 AM
Quantum computers threaten to destroy Internet security as we know it
Researchers are in a race against time to prepare new cryptographic techniques before the arrival of quantum computers, as cryptographers Tanja Lange (Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands) and Daniel J. Bernstein (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) describe in a paper in the journal Nature.

09/13/2017 07:00 AM
British Institute of Facilities Management to launch risk and business continuity 'Quick Start Guides'
The British Institute of Facilities Management's Risk and Business Continuity Management SIG (special interest group) is to publish a series of informative Quick Start Guides, covering a broad range of risk and resilience areas of relevance to facilities management professionals.

09/13/2017 07:00 AM
Research identifies an important but simple way to improve the chances of avoiding hurricane damage to buildings
Following rigorous scientific wind testing on a full-scale, 1,400 square foot single-story building in its laboratory, the Insurance Institute for Business snf Home Safety (IBHS) has important new guidance for building owners preparing for major wind storms and hurricanes: close all interior doors, in addition to all windows and exterior doors.

09/13/2017 07:00 AM
The BCI presents its Africa and Middle East awards
The Business Continuity Institute has recently presented both its Africa and its Middle East business continuity and resilience awards.

09/13/2017 07:00 AM
Survey shows move towards cloud and away from data centers
Survey results have been published by Unisys which show a trend away from traditional on-premises data centers / centres towards cloud-based hosting.

09/13/2017 07:00 AM
DNS attacks an increasing problem for public and education sector around the world
Councils, schools and government offices were among global public sector and education organizations hit badly by DNS attacks last year – with nearly half reporting dealing with the issue cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds.

09/13/2017 07:00 AM
Sri Lanka considers 'area business continuity management plans' for disaster prone regions
The Sri Lankan government is considering encouraging public and private sector organizations to collaborate on 'area business continuity management plans' in areas of the country at high risk of natural disasters.

09/12/2017 07:00 AM
Roundup of August's major environmental disasters
Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, 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 August 2017.

09/12/2017 07:00 AM
Many UK risk managers are not properly prepared for a major incident insurance claim
A survey carried out by Echelon Claims Consultants has revealed that many UK risk managers are not well prepared for an insurance claim arising as a result of a major incident.

09/12/2017 07:00 AM
Various US disaster declarations made for Hurricane Irma
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a number of disaster declarations in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

09/08/2017 07:00 AM
DRI International releases women in business continuity management study results
Earlier in 2017 DRI International conducted a survey looking at the experiences of women in the business continuity profession. Around 1000 responses were received to the survey and the results have now been published in a white paper.

09/08/2017 07:00 AM
New NIST cybersecurity practice guide helps organizations recover from ransomware and other destructive events
NIST has announced the release of its latest practice guide, 'Data Integrity: Recovering from Ransomware and Other Destructive Events, SP 1800-11'. As a draft NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, comments and feedback are being sought.

09/08/2017 07:00 AM
Improving metrics in cyber resiliency
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)has announced the release of a new white paper designed to help enterprises develop metrics and processes to measure threats before they become cyberattacks and recover functionality lost in the wake of those attacks.

09/08/2017 07:00 AM
Gartner publishes 'Hype Cycle for Cloud Security in 2017'
The Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Security aims to help security professionals understand which emerging technologies are ready for mainstream use, and which are still years away from productive deployments for most organizations.

09/07/2017 07:00 AM
Tips for improving decision making during incidents
Understanding what is happening within our brains when making decisions under stress can help improve performance under pressure. In this article Charles Boffin provides a helpful overview and some useful tips for ways to improve your decision making during incidents.

09/07/2017 07:00 AM
The 2019 edition of NFPA 1600 is now open for public comment
NFPA 1600, the US business continuity and emergency management standard, is currently being revised and has now reached the stage where public comments on the first draft version of the new edition are invited.

09/07/2017 07:00 AM
COSO launches enterprise risk management framework revision
The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) has published a revision to its 2004 Enterprise Risk Management–Integrated Framework. 'ERM Framework: Enterprise Risk Management–Integrating with Strategy and Performance' builds on its predecessor.

09/06/2017 07:00 AM
So you have disaster recovery, but can you really avoid downtime?
Disaster recovery is imperative for the survival of any organization and whilst many businesses have some form of strategy in place, they need to ensure they can maintain continuity should a disaster strike. The concept is not new, so why are we still seeing many organizations fall victim to downtime? Johan Pellicaan looks at this question.

09/06/2017 07:00 AM
FEMA and Federal partners prepare for potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, D.C., its Regional Response Coordination Centers (RRCC) in New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta, and FEMA liaisons to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, are preparing for Hurricane Irma, now a dangerous Category 5 hurricane.

09/05/2017 07:00 AM
The BCI Australasian Awards winners
The Business Continuity Institute has presented its annual Australasian business continuity and resilience awards. The ceremony took place on 31st August at the Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art.

09/05/2017 07:00 AM
The 20th Annual Business Continuity Awards are open for entries
Now in their 20th year, CIR Magazine's Business Continuity Awards recognise the achievements of business continuity, security, resilience and risk professionals.

09/05/2017 07:00 AM
FSB publishes 'Business continuity for startups' guide
The UK Federation of Small Businesses has written a short guide to business continuity, which is aimed at new companies. 'Business continuity for startups' explains essential factors to keep in mind to provide effective business continuity for a start-up.

09/01/2017 07:00 AM
Resilient business travel is NOT a tick box exercise
John Morgan explains why business travel can be a business continuity issue and provides a checklist of items which should be considered when developing a resilient business travel strategy.

09/01/2017 07:00 AM
The security and compliance issues related to instant messaging use
Most organizations now allow employees to use IM in some capacity; or their employees use it anyway! And with IT teams under a lot of pressure, the risks of data leakage that come with IM are often forgotten about. Thomas Fischer thinks that IM threats are worth talking about...

09/01/2017 07:00 AM
NFPA 1600 changes can now be viewed
The US NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs is currently being revised and a document showing accepted changes is now available.

08/31/2017 07:00 AM
Association of State Floodplain Managers makes resilience proposals for Houston
ASFPM (Association of State Floodplain Managers) is urging the Federal government to rebuild Houston with flood resilience in mind, following Hurricane Harvey flooding.

08/31/2017 07:00 AM
GDPR compliance: survey shows nearly a quarter of companies haven’t hired a data protection officer
Imperva, Inc., has published the results of a survey of 310 IT security professionals taken at the Infosecurity Europe 2017 trade show. The results suggest that while the industry is preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), 22 percent haven’t yet hired a data protection officer (DPO).

08/31/2017 07:00 AM
Test of new supply chain blockchain system confirms cyber resilience advantages
A successful pilot program delivered by logistics technology company Marine Transport International (MTI) has demonstrated that the logistics industry will see improved connectivity, efficiency and security thanks to blockchain.

08/30/2017 07:00 AM
Five steps to a successful business continuity program
Sometimes complicated technical approaches get in the way of progress says Bryan Weisbard, CPA, CFE. In this article, he sets out five steps for creating a practical, strategic business continuity program.

08/29/2017 07:00 AM
DRI International maps BCM Professional Practices to UN Sendai Framework
DRI International has released a new white paper which aims to help build bridges between the disaster risk reduction and business continuity management communities.

08/29/2017 07:00 AM
BCI Working Paper looks at the business continuity implications of smart cities
The Business Continuity Institute has published the latest in its Working Paper series of detailed business continuity articles. 'Exploring business continuity implications of smart cities vulnerable to cyber attack' by Gianluca Riglietti offers an overview of smart cities today, exploring the opportunities as well as the challenges they bring.

08/29/2017 07:00 AM
Hurricane Harvey update page
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast as a major hurricane. Ongoing rainfall and extreme flooding are causing major problems for businesses in the region. This page will be updated with business continuity and disaster recovery information related to the incident.

08/25/2017 07:00 AM
Financial sector business continuity exercise takes place in Singapore
The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) has announced that a large-scale sector-wide business continuity exercise was successfully conducted on Thursday, 24th August 2017.

08/25/2017 07:00 AM
Terrorist attacks on the supply chain have increased 16 percent year on year
Attacks on global supply chains by terrorist groups have hit the highest rate ever as have associated costs, according to a report released by BSI. The type of attack can vary from targeting the oil infrastructure, hijacking and cargo theft through to contraband smuggling, extortion and kidnapping schemes.

08/25/2017 07:00 AM
Customer-facing web applications are the biggest security challenge: survey
Synopsys, Inc. has published the results of a survey of 270 IT security professionals, which found that almost half (48 percent) viewed customer-facing web applications as the area presenting the most security risk to businesses.

08/23/2017 07:00 AM
Many British boards uninformed and unprepared for cyber incidents
Britain's top firms urgently need to do more to protect themselves from online threats, according to new Government research and a 'cyber health check' published recently.

08/23/2017 07:00 AM
Poor security hygiene and risky application use are feeding cyber attacks
Fortinet has published the findings of its latest Global Threat Landscape Report. The research reveals that poor cybersecurity hygiene and risky application usage enables destructive worm-like attacks to take advantage of hot exploits at record speed.

08/23/2017 07:00 AM
BSI surveys business continuity standards users on whether updates are needed
BSI is currently conducting a SurveyMonkey survey aimed at users of ISO 22301 and ISO 22313. The BSI user experience survey is in response to the ISO requirement to review the standards every five years to ensure they are kept up-to-date and relevant to the needs of users.