Companies Most Exposed to Climate Change Risk | Barrons

“We’re steadily moving toward a new normal where billion-dollar disasters are a regular occurrence,” says Emilie Mazzacurati, founder and CEO of Four Twenty Seven. “This combination of extreme weather events and growing pressure from asset owners and regulators is pushing a lot of businesses to look for a way to understand their exposure and start managing their risks.”

Business Continuity Risks Across Cloud Services | Continuity Central

Despite sensitive data being increasingly moved to the cloud, research carried out by Databarracks reveals that over 60 percent of organisations have not evaluated the business continuity risks for their cloud services over the past year.

From a survey of 400 IT professionals, only 40 percent of organisations have evaluated the business continuity risks for their cloud services in the past 12 months. 17 percent of businesses have no plans to address this over the next 12 months. Further to this, almost a quarter (23 percent) of organisations admit to not having backup or recovery capabilities in place, beyond the standard default options offered by their cloud provider.

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Recovering from a major Azure outage - options | Continuity Central
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Cloud failures - both major and minor - are inevitable. What is not inevitable is extended periods of downtime or unacceptable data loss caused by any resulting service outages.

Jonathan Meltzer examines four different options for ensuring application-level continuity through high availability and disaster recovery provisions in a hybrid or exclusively Azure cloud environment.

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This scenario based seminar addresses compliance issues in the Cloud.

Compliance Without Control

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The increasing dependence of organisations on applications in the cloud has made it more challenging for privacy, risk and business continuity executives to satisfy themselves that they are complying with privacy and resilience regulations.

Hear from experts address the issues that arise when things go wrong. They will work their way through a realistic scenario, that worsens over time.

We will present the perspective of an APRA regulated user, a cloud services provider and the regulator.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and networking at this interactive and stimulating session. Drinks will be served at the conclusion of the session.

Melbourne October 16

Sydney October 17

How CIOs can prepare to combat cyber attacks | Network World

If you’re like most chief information officers (CIOs), you may be feeling a sense of uncertainty and unpreparedness when it comes to dealing with cyber threats. And the truth is, you likely have good reason to feel that way.

“Cyber attackers are more organized and sophisticated than ever,” stated KPMG’s Steve Bates. “They’re using better tools and have greater access to funding — be it from competing corporations, rogue nations, or activist groups. These cyber criminals have the commitment and the means to breach and inflict significant damage to almost any company.” Read more

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History | Wired

A lengthy, but fascinating story on the NotPetya attack:

"In those physics, NotPetya reminds us, distance is no defence. Every barbarian is already at every gate. And the network of entanglements in that ether, which have unified and elevated the world for the past 25 years, can, over a few hours on a summer day, bring it to a crashing halt."

Newsletter September 2018

Welcome to the September edition of the Continuity Matters Newsletter!

As Florence bears down on the coast of North and South Carolina, it is a salutary reminder of the power of nature. There are 56 data centres in North Carolina and 11 in South Carolina. Apple, AWS, Google, IBM all have data centres in the area. Facebook has a 30,000m2 data centre (that’s 7.5 acres!). See here for a listing. The full impact of the storm is unknown – but the predictions are ominous. Authorities are expecting lengthy power outages and extensive flooding.

We have compiled some very interesting articles that discuss the key resilience issues facing data centre and cloud providers in the face of this enormous storm.

Don't forget to reserve you seat for our upcoming seminar in October!


Continuity Matters' Upcoming Seminar – “Compliance Without Control”

The increasing dependence of organisations on applications in the cloud has made it more challenging for risk and business continuity executives to satisfy themselves that the applications will be recoverable in the event of a disruption.

If your organisation has deployed critical applications to the cloud, how will you assure yourself (and possibly the regulator) that your systems are recoverable in the time and manner you require?

Hear from experts address this issue and work their way through a realistic scenario. We will present the perspective of an APRA regulated user, a provider and the regulator.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and networking at this interactive and stimulating session. Drinks will be served at the conclusion of the session.

Hit by the Azure outage? Watch out for Hurricane Florence!

“With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Southeast US as I write this post, I certainly hope if your data center is in the path of the hurricane you are taking proactive measures to gracefully move your workloads out of the impacted region. The benefit of a proactive disaster recovery vs a reactive disaster recovery are numerous, including no data loss, ample time to address unexpected issues, and managing human resources such that employees can worry about taking care of their families, rather than spending the night at a keyboard trying to put the pieces back together.”

Lessons learned from past disasters

Robby Hill, founder and CEO of HillSouth, a Florence, S.C.-based managed services provider, told CRN: "During Matthew, we found we didn't have enough backup power for our office building, since then, we have implemented and tested our power. After Matthew, we were stuck with portable generators. Now we have one installed in our building. Matthew tested us. We were out of power for a week." 

Weather report

We can’t say we were not warned. Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum published the Global Risk Report 2018. On page 3 of the report, the Global Risks Landscape 2018 chart had 6 out of the 7 most likely and impactful risks attributable to climate change. This assessment has proved to be scarily accurate.

Why using the Potluck approach is a risky strategy

Many organisations make no formal workplace recovery arrangements for crisis management and the recovery staff. Many hope that their offices will never suffer a disaster and even if they do – intend to use the “Potluck” approach and go to a hotel if the need arrives.  
We believe this is a risky strategy - and here's why.