The latest business continuity news from around the world

What did Continuity Central readers find most interesting  during 2020? Out of more than a thousand pieces of content published in 2020, here are the top ten feature and news articles…

Top ten features articles

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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ISO 22301:2019 reviewed: changes, clarifications but no new requirements…
In October 2019 a revised version of the business continuity management standard, ISO 22301, was published. In this article Hilary Estall, MBCI and IRCA Lead BCMS Auditor, explores the new version. Lifting the lid on what appears to be an uncontroversial update identifies areas which, whether aligned or certified to the Standard, will require time and thought to digest and apply.
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Was COVID-19 a ‘Black Swan’? And why this is an important question…
Many commentators labelled the COVID-19 pandemic as a ‘Black Swan’ event, but this is a misunderstanding about what a Black Swan actually is. This is not just a pedantic point. Understanding the difference moves COVID-19 from the list of events that governments and organizations could not be expected to prepare for to the list of events they should have prepared to handle. Claire Powles explains…
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Cyber security in 2021: four predictions for how the threat landscape will develop
Despite the clear and present danger that the COVID-19 pandemic presents, most organizations are aware that cyber threats are a top long term issue that needs to be addressed. In this article Avesta Hojjati looks at four cyber threat areas that will develop in 2021.
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Risk management experts discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on risk management, resilience and business continuity
In an interview-style article, experts from the Institute of Operational Risk and Institute of Risk Management discuss COVID-19 and how the risk management profession is reacting.
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Business continuity planning and actions in relation to COVID-19
From 14th to 20th February 2020, Continuity Central conducted an online survey which aimed to capture information to help business continuity managers around the world understand what actions others in the profession are taking in response to or in preparation for COVID-19 infections. The results are now available...
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How COVID-19 has changed the cyber threat landscape
Ryan Weeks, CISO, Datto, looks at areas where cyber threats have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights key steps for improving security.
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The benefits that IoT can bring to pandemic response
Paul Marshall explores the specific benefits that the Internet of Things (IoT) can have on mitigating the impact of the current pandemic and looks at what innovation needs to be adopted to ensure the world is prepared, should it happen again.
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Software and security testing predictions for 2021
Software and applications issues are often found to be the root cause of downtime, making testing an essential aspect of resilience. In this article Neil Cameron and Miguel Marques share their software testing and security testing predictions for 2021.
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Preparing your pandemic response plans: a comprehensive checklist
Dr. Jim Kennedy provides a detailed checklist of items that organizations need to consider to sense-check existing pandemic plans, or to inform planning processes which may be underway.
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Top ten news articles

Study shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated business continuity investments in cloud migration
A global study from LogicMonitor has examined how IT departments are evolving in a time of crisis to maintain business continuity and best meet the needs of their customers. LogicMonitor’s ‘Evolution of IT’ report is the result of a survey of 500 IT decision makers from across North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Is business process automation essential for future resilience?
K2, a leader in intelligent process automation, has published the results of a recent Harris Poll survey, ‘Accelerating Automation: How Businesses are Adapting to a Post-COVID World’. The survey reveals how business leaders are adapting to COVID-19, how they are preparing for the future, and the value of automation technology to meet customer expectations.
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Experts team up to develop supply chain resilience stress testing using digital twins
Accenture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are co-developing a supply chain resilience stress test for assessing operational and financial risks created by major market disruptions, disasters or other catastrophic events. Inspired by the crucial financial services industry stress tests that became compulsory after the 2008 financial crisis, the joint effort aims to create a global industry standard for a data-driven strategic assessment of supply chain resilience.
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COVID-19 is acting as a catalyst for digital transformation finds survey
New research conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Citrix Systems, shows that many organizations are accelerating their digital transformation efforts to accommodate the more flexible ways of working that employees will demand even after the pandemic subsides.
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2021 cyber security predictions from WatchGuard
WatchGuard Technologies has provided its 2021 cyber security predictions. These cover the most prominent attacks and infosec trends that the WatchGuard’s Threat Lab research team believes will emerge next year, including a tidal wave of automated spear phishing campaigns.
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Work 2035: what will future business continuity managers need to consider?
Citrix Systems has presented the results of a year-long examination of global work patterns and plans, to understand how work will change and the role that technology will play in enabling this. Citrix teamed up with futurist consultancy Oxford Analytica and business research specialist Coleman Parkes to survey over 500 C-Suite leaders and 1,000 employees within large corporations and mid-market businesses across the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands on current and future workforce strategies and work models.
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A quarter of companies are developing their first business continuity plan in response to COVID-19: study
COVID-19 has been a catalyst for many organizations to address business continuity failings; with just under a quarter (24 percent) of companies currently in the middle of drafting an initial business continuity plan, according to a study by global consultancy firm Mercer.
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2020 Travelers Risk Index finds fewer US companies are taking steps to mitigate cyber threats
The Travelers Companies, Inc. has announced the results of the 2020 Travelers Risk Index, which found that fewer companies than last year have taken steps to mitigate cyber risks, even though the level of concern about these threats has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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BCI publishes its Emergency Communications Report 2020
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI), in partnership with F24, has released the 5th edition of the BCI Emergency Communications Report. This annual publication provides insight into how organizations communicate in an emergency, the key communication challenges organizations face and how technology is helping to assist in communications processes.
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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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