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Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017 will take place between Monday 15th and Friday 19th May 2017.

For several years, two of the greatest concerns for business continuity professionals have been cyber attacks and data breaches. In fact, the latest Horizon Scan Report, published by the Business Continuity Institute, showed that 88% and 81% of business continuity professionals respectively expressed concern about the prospect of these threats materialising. The level of concern is perhaps not surprising when you consider that the BCI’s Cyber Resilience Report revealed that two-thirds of organizations had experienced at least one cyber security incident during the previous year, and 15% had experienced at least ten.

It is perhaps no surprise that cyber security was chosen to be the theme of Business Continuity Awareness Week. As the world becomes more and more digital, so do the threats that it faces. Just as we need to protect our organizations from disruptions that occur in the physical world, so it is important that we also have plans in place to deal with disruptions in the virtual world.

Business Continuity Awareness Week Webinar Programme

During Business Continuity Awareness Week, the Business Continuity Institute will be hosting a series of free webinars all linked to the theme of cyber resilience. Webinars provide an ideal learning experience for everyone – delivered by experts and viewed from the comfort of your computer. As such, and if you can reflect on this learning experience and use it to improve your skills or knowledge, why not put it towards your CPD?

All the webinars can be watched live, but will also be recorded so can be watched on demand at a time of your choosing.

Cyber Resilience - Can your organization deliver after a cyber event crisis?

Wednesday 17th May @ 1030 BST
Hosted by Al de Brito (ContinuitySA)
Take your mark. Get set… and go. What do you do if your organization is faced with a crisis, do you have the necessary steps and procedures to recover from a cyber attack? 91% of APT (Advanced Persistent Threats) begin with spear phishing emails. Successfully phishing key individuals could give hackers the ‘key’ to breaching security in further attacks. Hosted by Al de Brito of ContinuitySA, this webinar will cover five domains that focus on preventative, detective and reactive controls within the organization. These five domains will follow the process of identifying, protecting, detecting, responding and recovering, giving a holistic view of the full cycle of infrastructure resilience.
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Been hacked by cyber terrorists? What’s your Plan B?

Thursday 18th May @ 1700 BST
Hosted by Braam Pretorius (ContinuitySA)
In today’s global village everyone is connected. The internet has brought billions of people together, allowing sharing of data, communication and commerce at a scale never imagined before. The value of the internet is clear for everyone to see. Unfortunately, the same internet also allows for cyber hackers and attackers to fight a new war, Cyber terrorism, theft of data and extortion. The attackers hide in plain sight. Working from homes or offices. Sometimes alone, often in syndicates. Even state sponsored cyber terrorism is on the increase. So, given that no matter what you do to protect yourself against the cyber threat, you will probably be attacked or have already been attacked. You therefore need a plan B to allow your business to continue with crucial day-to-day activities after the event.
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Privacy law, a catalyst for cyber resilience

Friday 19th May @ 1200 BST
Hosted by Padma Naidoo and Philippa Chappell (ContinuitySA)
Privacy laws regulate the collection, storage and use of data by organisations in many countries globally. Following the proclamation of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) Act into law in 2014, so too will these laws become applicable to South African organisations.
In this digital age, technology plays a pivotal role in shaping the way in which business is done. The objective of this topic is to explore the Cyber Security and Resilience requirements placed on organisations by privacy regulations, and the impact of Cyber Security and Resilience on Business Continuity.
This webinar will touch on the reliance placed on effective Information Security and Cyber Security solutions to ensure compliance, and explore how a breach or failure of Information Security Controls needs to be managed.
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