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Data the most valuable asset

Cybercrime is expected to cost businesses about R78 trillion by 2021, according to statistics quoted by Cisco Connect South Africa.

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NO!

Data might be important, but would you swap human lives for data?
Let's keep the perspective.
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PANDEMIC AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE PLANNING - New Rules for an Ongoing Threat

The word “epidemic” comes from the Greek epi, meaning “upon,” and demos, meaning “people.” The word “pandemic” comes from the Greek word pandemos, meaning “upon all the people.” Most outbreaks of disease are geographically confined, just like most disasters in general. Wars, famines, earthquakes, and acts of terror, for example, tend to be localized both in time and space. We look on in horror, but may not be affected ourselves. Pandemics are different. Pandemics are worldwide epidemics.  They happen everywhere at once, coast to coast, and can drag on for more than a year.

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A comprehensive contribution to a topic which may have moved to the background.
Nevertheless, we need to keep an eye on this threat.
Don't exclude it from your BCM approach - dealing with pandemics is arguably one of the most challenging topics in business continuity and organizational resilience.
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ISO 22301 and the business continuity octopus

ISO 22301 and the business continuity octopus | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it

I would consider a good BCMS to operate like an octopus...

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Nice but maybe somewhat idealistic: BCM needs to spread to all corners and crevasses of the organization.
While management commitment is key, adoption of the concept by all members of the organization is vital for the success of a BCM approach.
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What the AWS S3 Outage Tells Us: Business Continuity in The Cloud

What the AWS S3 Outage Tells Us: Business Continuity in The Cloud | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
Bright Pattern offers enterprise-grade cloud contact center software with high uptime and availability.
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Definitely: Dangers of Blindly Relying on the Cloud.
Learn about lessons learned from the recent AWS outage. Should be plan of any BCM approach.
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Dubai Health Authority receives ISO certification for business continuity

Dubai Health Authority receives ISO certification for business continuity | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) recently announced that it received ISO certification 2012/22301 for business continuity.
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Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017 | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
Business Continuity Awareness Week is an annual global event to demonstrate the value of business continuity and help people understand why the
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Participate and promote #businesscontinuity BCM in your field of activity and watch for activities on your area.

15-19 May 2017
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Business Continuity? Don’t worry; my IT department takes care … - continuuuity

Business Continuity? Don’t worry; my IT department takes care … - continuuuity | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it

There is widespread confusion mixing up the relationships between


- business continuity

- information security and

- disaster recovery.

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For outsiders, it’s not easy to distinguish the specific purposes of business continuity (BCM), information security (IS) and IT disaster recovery (IT DR).

All three areas have something to do with “security”, “losses”, “disasters” and “protection”.

Read on to learn more about the particular roles of disciplines often being misunderstood by management.

Check out this and other blog post at
https://continuuuity.com/continuuuity-blog/

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continuuuity provides consultancy and training for Business Continuity. The goal is to make the organization resilient.

continuuuity provides consultancy and training for Business Continuity. The goal is to make the organization resilient. | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it

Training Course Dates for Europe, MENA, Far East. Language English, Kurssprache Deutsch. Book now. Jetzt buchen.

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How Sleep Can Make You a Stronger Leader

How Sleep Can Make You a Stronger Leader | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
If work keeps you up at night, read what our global sleep research shows about insomnia in high-performing leaders and what you can do about it.
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Organizational Resilience Starts Within You

Put all the frameworks and standards aside and think about who is powering these tools. You.

Have a look at this compact article helping you to become more resilient. In virtually all transportation industries, regulatory work/rest regulations are in effect. Why not take this as a role model?
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Australian Prime Minister Declares Cyber Warfare as the New Frontier

Australian Prime Minister Declares Cyber Warfare as the New Frontier | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it

Radware Supports Australian Prime Minister’s Declaration That “Cyber Warfare is the New Frontier”


The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, recently warned that all Australians should be concerned about the threat of a cyber-attack.

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Silent but sudden death...

of an organization or the critical infrastructure of a country.

This declaration underlines the fact that business continuity is not only related to physical catastrophic events like fire, water, or storms, but also silent attacks on the electronic frontier.

Any good business impact analysis, business continuity strategy and business continuity plans need to take this dimension into account.
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Control Application Downtime with Application Dependency Maps | @CloudExpo #Cloud #APM #Monitoring | Cloud Computing on Ulitzer

Control Application Downtime with Application Dependency Maps | @CloudExpo #Cloud #APM #Monitoring | Cloud Computing on Ulitzer | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it

Application downtime is an enterprise's worst nightmare. On top of that, it's fairly common. According to a survey conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 59 percent of Fortune 500 companies experience a minimum of 1.6 hours of downtime per week.  Each time a business application fails, the IT admins have a herculean task ahead of them. They must figure out the root cause of the problem, rectify it and get the business running - all within a short span of time.read more

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My apps depend on what?

While the proposed tool is a commercial product, it adequately addresses a typical and growing problem encountered during a business impact analysis: what levels of other applications is a specific solution depend on.

A dependency map helps solve the issue of attaining meaningful and realistic recovery time objectives (RTO).

A dependency map also helps to explain a complex IT landscape, and serves to enhance it.
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Law firms break Silence

Law firms break Silence | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
Written by The Editorial Team | 07 February 2017 BOSTON, US and London, UK: Databarracks and Zerto have announced the findings from a legal industry IT roundtable on the challenges of cloud and dangers of cybercrime.
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The need for discussion and corporation is to be underlined, as laid out in this article. While companies were silent about attacks, attackers could repeat their pattern of approach.
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What is Business Continuity?

What is Business Continuity? | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
The Business Continuity Institute: the membership organization for business continuity professionals
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Take advantage of the resources of offered by the BCI, the Business Continuity Institute and download the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG Lite) to get you updated on the current state approach to BCM.
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The security threats that businesses will face in 2019

The security threats that businesses will face in 2019 | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
The cyber security landscape is a constantly evolving one. The organizations best able to cope with it are the ones that can look beyond today's threats to those they'll face in future.
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In a nutshell:
- Disruption - due to over reliance on fragile connectivity...
- Distortion - loss of trust in in integrity of information...
- Deterioration - due to eroded controls...

Some good ideas and thoughts in this contribution
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Protect Your Business with Business Continuity Management Services

Protect Your Business with Business Continuity Management Services | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
About the relationship between BCM and ITDR
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YES!
Let's spread the facts (it's not news anymore): DR is only a FRACTION of BCM.
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What is business continuity ? - Definition from WhatIs.com

What is business continuity ? - Definition from WhatIs.com | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
Business continuity refers to the processes and procedures an organization puts into place so it can function at an acceptable level during a disaster.
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Find a list of actual Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience standards in this introductory contribution. The main standards also contain the official definition of #businesscontinuity
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Are business continuity and information security converging?

The international business continuity management news, jobs and information portal
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No question: these disciplines have a lot in common; and the overlap is growing. Still., there are aspects of BCM that have nothing to do with IT.

Conclusion: stay focused with both disciplines but employ each of them to strengthen the other.

See also the recent blog post on https://continuuuity.com/business-continuity-dont-worry-my-it-department-takes-care/ that deals with a wide-spread misconception.
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How to improve your business continuity strategy in five steps

How to improve your business continuity strategy in five steps | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
Here, we outline five steps that can improve your business continuity strategy and ensure it’s fit for purpose.
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Yes, I like those simple, clear suggestions to substantially improve the design and usability of elements of the #BCM Lifecycle.

1) Review regularly
2) Address threats in a generic way
3) Deal with the impacts (see #BIA)
4) Plans need to be accessible (in a crisis)
5) Test regularly

Nice by-product: continuous improvement

Note: Don't confuse Business Continuity Strategy and Business Continuity Plan.

If in doubt: book a free consultation at
https://continuuuity.youcanbook.me/



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The 5 Real Reasons your Employees Don’t Care about Business Continuity

The 5 Real Reasons your Employees Don’t Care about Business Continuity | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
5 REAL reasons your Employees don’t care about #BusinessContinuity https://t.co/PlDctdwoX7 No. 1: Management shows no interest! #BCM
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Have a look at these five fresh ideas addressing challenges behind so many #BusinessContinuity projects:

- Management
- No one asked for participation
- Misconception about IT and #BCM (see link below)
- Not in the job description
- Too bureaucratic

https://continuuuity.com/continuuuity-blog/

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The 8 “Value Adds” of Business Continuity Planning

The 8 “Value Adds” of Business Continuity Planning | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
The value of a business continuity plan goes beyond a mere calculation of Return on Investment.
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Yes!

Have a look at this refreshing example of benefit of business continuity management and organizational resilience.

It's not only preventing or mitigating a crisis. But - as experts always underline - also extremely helpful in your day-to-day operations.


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Flood-Wary Small Businesses Find Better Backup in the Cloud

Flood-Wary Small Businesses Find Better Backup in the Cloud | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
Disaster Recovery as a Service presents a safe haven for small businesses in low-lying coastal areas and flood plains along major waterways.
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Consider this approach for small businesses or IT DR purposes, but remember that IT DR is only part of Business Continuity.

A proper BCM approach start with the business impact analysis, proceeds with the development of a business continuity strategy and implementation of business continuity plans.
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How Much Will An Interruption In Business Operations Cost You?

How Much Will An Interruption In Business Operations Cost You? | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
Picture this: your restaurant is underwater — literally. And so is every other business in your entire area, after an unprecedented flood. If there was ever a time to consider what you should do in…
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Key steps of any BCM approach.This article is aimed at small and medium size businesses:

- Document your organization's financial value

- Identify recovery time influencers

- Consider market changes and network disruption

- Understand the impact of key suppliers, customers and leadership
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My Business Continuity Predictions for 2017 and Beyond

My Business Continuity Predictions for 2017 and Beyond | Business Continuity and Organizational Resilience | Scoop.it
With 2017 well underway, I wanted to take the time to reflect on 2016 and also look ahead to predict the way in which our business continuity profession will continue to mature in 2017 and beyond. …
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Some predictions of a different kind: no horror scenarios, but down to earth advice from my colleague and fellow ISO standards developer Brian Zawada.
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