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Business continuity briefs:
14th October 2011

'Business continuity briefs' provides a summary of new product and services press releases and other useful resources published recently:

Emerging manufacturing risks: metal shortages
Geologists are warning of shortages and bottlenecks of some metals due to an insatiable demand for consumer products. A meeting of leading geologists, reported in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience, highlights the dangers in the ‘inexorable surge in demand for metals’.

Dr. Gawen Jenkin, of the Department of Geology, University of Leicester, is the lead convenor of the Fermor Meeting of the Geological Society of London which met to discuss this issue.

Dr Jenkin said: "Mobile phones contain copper, nickel, silver and zinc, aluminium, gold, lead, manganese, palladium, platinum and tin. More than a billion people will buy a mobile in a year - so that's quite a lot of metal. And then there's the neodymium in your laptop, the iron in your car, the aluminium in that soft drinks can – the list goes on...

"With ever-greater use of these metals, are we running out? That was one of the questions we addressed at our meeting. It is reassuring that there's no immediate danger of 'peak metal' as there's quite a lot in the ground, still – but there will be shortages and bottlenecks of some metals like indium due to increased demand."

Thai Red Cross helps half a million people as flood waters approach Bangkok
Almost 2.3 million people have been affected as nearly four months of heavy flooding has washed its way down from Thailand’s Northern provinces to the outskirts of the capital of Bangkok.

“This is the worst monsoon season since 1949,” said Dr Amnat Barlee, director of the Thai Red Cross Relief and Community Health Bureau. “The situation is dramatic.”

This flooding is the result of heavy monsoon rains coupled with the continued arrival of the remnants of tropical storms and typhoons that have made their way across the South China Sea through Viet Nam and Lao, and eventually to the north of Thailand.

The Thai Red Cross has been responding to these floods since late June. So far, volunteers and staff have reached more than 500,000 people in 32 of the 60 flooded provinces.

With the monsoon season set to continue through the rest of October and into November, the immediate future of flood affected communities remains unclear. Even when the waters recede, challenges will remain.

Tens of thousands of homes and business have been damaged or destroyed.

Ipswitch survey highlights importance of forensic log management to network security initiatives
Ipswitch Inc.’s Network Management Division has released the results of a survey of how necessary forensic event log management capabilities are to network security initiatives. The survey found that almost two thirds (65.4 percent) of respondents said that log management is very helpful when it comes to maintaining and managing Event Log and Syslog activity in line with increasingly stringent compliance standards.

Regulatory compliance is an important consideration for any modern business, however many find the need to retain and report on Event Log and Syslog activity overwhelming. Compliance standards such as Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, FISMA, PCI, MiFID andGramm-Leach Bliley require organizations to maintain an auditable log of their Syslog files to determine who has accessed the data and what they have done with it.

ICM schedules series of cloud computing information events
ICM has launches a series of events aimed at giving business leaders and IT professionals a new insight into cloud technologies. The ‘Cloud Computing: Profitability, Growth and Security’ events will help delegates understand both the benefits and risks of the different cloud computing models, specifically addressing the security concerns around data accessibility and protection.

The events will be held at:

• Birmingham, Thursday 10th November
• Central Scotland, Tuesday 22nd November
• Leeds, Thursday 24th November
• Farnborough, Tuesday 29th November
• Bristol, Tuesday 6th December
• London, Thursday 8th December

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Cloud security: how safe is the cloud?
ISACA virtual tradeshow, Tuesday, 8 November 2011, from 9 am to 4 pm (CST).
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Current environmental stories with business continuity implications:

FEMA daily SITREP

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Date: 14th October 2011 • Region: Various



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