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The 2014 FM Global Resilience Index, released this week, finds that Norway, Switzerland and Canada top the list of nations most resilient to supply chain disruption, one of the leading causes of business volatility.

The first-of-its-kind Index, commissioned by FM Global, is an online, data-driven tool and repository ranking the business resilience of 130 countries. More than a year in development, the Index is designed to help executives better assess and manage supply chain risk.

The Index finds Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic as the nations that are least resilient to supply chain disruption.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/news07247.html

Friday, 13 June 2014 13:57

The top causes of data disasters…

HDD crashes prevail as the most common cause of data loss according to a recent global survey by Kroll Ontrack. 72 percent of those surveyed noted that their most recent data loss came from a desktop or laptop hard drive, followed by SSD (15 percent) and RAID/virtual services (13 percent), showing that data loss impacts every type of storage from the individual user up to the enterprise level.

When asked about the cause of their most recent data loss, 66 percent (compared to 29 percent in 2010) of the 1,066 surveyed across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, cited a hardware crash or failure, followed by 14 percent claiming human error (compared to 27 percent in 2010). Software failure ranked as the third most common cause of data loss with 6 percent.

Looking at individual response segments, laptop and PC crashes prevailed as the leading cause of data loss among both businesses (71 percent) and home users (72 percent) respectively and SSD device loss ranked second, accounting for 18 percent of data loss cases for home users and 10 percent for businesses.

Among businesses, 27 percent said their most recent loss disrupted a business process, such as prohibiting them or their company from actually providing a product or service to their customers. A further 15 percent admit to losing personal data from their business machine contrasted with 7 percent whom acknowledged losing business-related data from their home machine.

Kroll Ontrack surveyed 1066 recent data recovery customers from 10 countries across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Forty-eight percent were businesses, 32 percent were home users, 13 percent were partners and 3 percent were government entities.

http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/data-recovery

Kroll Ontrack releases new statistics regarding data loss causes and the impact to businesses and home users

MINNEAPOLIS – HDD crashes more than doubled in the last four years, prevailing as the most common cause of data loss according to customer data1provided byKroll Ontrack, the leading provider ofdata recoveryandediscoveryproducts and services.

When asked about the causes of their most-recent data losses, 66 percent (compared to 29 percent in 2010) of 1,066 surveyed customers cited a hardware crash or failure, followed by 14 percent claiming human error (compared to 27 percent in 2010). Software failure ranked as the third most common cause of data loss with 6 percent.

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) crashes prevail as the most common cause of data loss. An overwhelming 72 percent of those surveyed noted that their most recent data loss came from a desktop or laptop hard drive, followed by SSD (15 percent) and RAID/virtual services (13 percent), showing that data loss impacts every type of storage from the consumer grade up to the enterprise level.

The reason appears to be simple: even though hard disk drive(HDD) shipments are on the decline, they are still expected to outpace SSD shipments three to one in 2014, according to Jeff Pederson, manager of data recovery operations for Kroll Ontrack.

“There are simply more hard drives in circulation because they are cost effective and manufacturers have perfected their design and production,” Pederson said. “As a result, HDDs comprise the vast majority of the data recoveries we address.”

The survey was conducted among customers across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Looking at individual response segments, laptop and PC crashes prevailed as the leading cause of data loss among both businesses (71 percent) and home users (72 percent) respectively and SSD device loss ranked second, accounting for 18 percent of data loss cases for home users and 10 percent for businesses.

“Storage media fails regardless of type; it is just a matter of when. This fact, coupled with the fact that HDDs are still the most prevalent drive is why HDD crashes have and continue to be the most common cause of data loss,” added Pederson. “To avoid such a failure, one should regularly defrag their computer, check its storage capacity, and run antivirus software as well as hard drive monitoring software. Beyond good health practices, businesses and home users should have working redundancies, such as a backup device or service in place, and a continuity plan that is current and accessible in the event of a loss.”

What is at stake? Among businesses, 27 percent said their most recent loss disrupted a business process, such as prohibiting them or their company from actually providing a product or service to their customers. A further 15 percent admit to losing personal data from their business machine contrasted with 7 percent whom acknowledged losing business-related data from their home machine.

“As data storage evolves, so do the numbers of places we store it,” said Todd Johnson, vice president of data recovery operations, Kroll Ontrack. “Therefore, it isn’t surprising that critical business data is at stake among both company-owned and personal devices. Since data is key to how we function in both worlds, accessibility is critical and that is where we come in. We’ve been helping companies and end users with accessing and recovering their data since 1985, and are committed to evolving our data recovery techniques to ensure we can recover from the latest storage technologies.”

For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its data recovery tools and services, visit:http://www.krollontrack.com/data-recovery/

1 Kroll Ontrack surveyed 1066 recent data recovery customers from 10 countries across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Forty-eight percent were businesses, 32 percent were home users, 13 percent were partners and 3 percent were government entities.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.
Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, backup, search, analyze, and produce data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data backup, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit:www.krollontrack.com.

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland – TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), a world leader in connectivity, today announced the Public Safety DAS solution. This innovative distributed antenna system (DAS) supports primary public safety and critical first responder frequencies in the VHF/UHF/700/800/TETRA bands on a single system and provides high reliability coverage for public safety communications services, both in-building and outdoors.

TE, with collaboration from Fiber-Span, has developed a code-compliant, single DAS platform that supports the VHF/UHF/700/800/TETRA frequency bands used by public-safety agencies. This new TE DAS platform will offer customers a seamless and world-class commercial and public safety DAS solution for in-building and outdoor wireless coverage.

Peter Wraight, president of TE’s Wireless Business Unit, said, "We are excited to extend our partnership with Fiber-Span. With collaboration from Fiber-Span, TE developed this solution to ensure life-safety protection for the public as well as police, firefighters and other first responders.”

Hal Halpern, CEO of Fiber-Span, said, “We are pleased to be working with TE, a technology leader on a wide range of advanced communications systems.”

TE will showcase the Public Safety DAS solution at the DAS & Small Cells Congress in Las Vegas Nevada from June 17-18 2014, in booth 301. The solution will be available by Fall, 2014.

 

ABOUT TE CONNECTIVITY

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion world leader in connectivity. The company designs and manufactures products at the heart of electronic connections for the world’s leading industries including automotive, energy and industrial, broadband communications, consumer devices, healthcare, and aerospace and defense. TE Connectivity’s long-standing commitment to innovation and engineering excellence helps its customers solve the need for more energy efficiency, always-on communications and ever-increasing productivity. With nearly 90,000 employees in over 50 countries, TE Connectivity makes connections the world relies on to work flawlessly every day. To connect with the company, visit: www.TE.com.

ABOUT FIBER-SPAN

Fiber-Span is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing communications networks and DAS products for In-Building, In-Tunnel and Outdoor coverage for the wireless, public safety, government and military markets. Fiber-Span also offers custom design solutions for complex applications and system integrations.

Over the last couple of decades, Fiber-Span has successfully deployed multi-band systems including cellular, PCS, public safety and other frequency bands in various global locations. With an expert team of designers and extensive industry experience Fiber-Span has been continually satisfying customer needs by delivering reliable, flexible and scalable wireless solutions.

For more information about Fiber-Span products, please visit the Fiber-Span website at www.fiber-span.com or contact Fiber-Span at techinfo@fiber-span.com.  

Cybercrime costs the global economy about $445 billion every year, though the damage may be up to $575 billion, according to a new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and software company McAfee. Further, the damage to businesses exceeds the $160 billion loss to individuals.

“Cyber crime is a tax on innovation and slows the pace of global innovation by reducing the rate of return to innovators and investors,” said Jim Lewis of CSIS. “For developed countries, cyber crime has serious implications for employment.”

Indeed, the biggest economies have suffered the most – the losses in the United States, China, Japan and Germany totaled at least $200 billion.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/cybercrime-costs-global-economy-up-to-575-billion

When it comes to deciding how best to manage information, organizations on both sides of the Atlantic seem more comfortable following conventional risk-avoidance strategies than translating that information into insight and competitive advantage. That’s one of the key findings of the 2014 Information Maturity Risk Index, a new study published by storage and information management company Iron Mountain Incorporated and PwC UK that examines how sophisticated organizations are when it comes to not only protecting information from risk but also realizing the promise of data analytics.

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http://www.thebci.org/index.php/about/news-room#/news/managing-information-while-balancing-security-and-value-86893

CIO — WASHINGTON -- Many CIOs in the federal government have been loosening their policies to allow employees greater freedom in the devices that they use for work, though the extent to which BYOD will become the norm in the public sector remains very much in question.

Concerns around security, privacy and the open question of whether workers are willing to couple their professional and personal lives on a single device linger, experts said this week at a conference on mobility in the government hosted by Citrix.

But BYOD is gaining momentum, and, gradually, the feds are rewriting the rules for tech usage to accommodate more consumer-oriented smartphones and tablets that employees use in their personal lives.

"Mobile is the future," declared James Miller, associate CIO at the Federal Communications Commission.

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http://www.cio.com/article/754085/How_CIOs_Can_Tailor_BYOD_Initiatives_for_the_Public_Sector

Risk management software identifies the risk associated with different assets. It then communicates this information to the enterprise concerned, for example through business dashboards displayed on screens. While risk is a factor for every organisation, some are bound by regulations to practice and demonstrate good risk management. Banks are a case in point: they must have enough cash in reserve to cover expenses if issues such as IT failure or fraud affect them. Consequently, many software vendors have produced risk management software or integrated it into their product lines. But does that mean that enterprises are obliged to use such software?

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/are-you-obliged-to-use-a-risk-management-software-application/

Thursday, 12 June 2014 15:12

Be Prepared; Have a Family Emergency Plan

Montgomery, Ala. – Severe weather can happen any time of the year. The best way to prepare for it is with a family emergency plan. If you don’t have one, develop one. If you have an emergency plan, review and update it, then go over it with your family at least once a year.

An emergency plan should include how everyone will contact each other, where to go, how you will get back together and what to do in different situations. A good place to begin is Ready.Gov, the disaster preparedness website managed by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Forms are available at that site for contact information on each family member, phone numbers of out-of-town contacts, work locations and other important phone numbers.

Also inquire about emergency plans in places where your family spends time, such as work, school and daycare. Incorporate this information into your plan.

Identify an out-of-town friend or relative as a contact person for your family members. During an emergency each member of the family will call the contact and let them know they are safe. An out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

Decide where to go in an emergency. Plan for different scenarios, such as where to go if there is a fire. Where in the home is the safest place if a tornado hits? If you live in an area susceptible to hurricanes, decide whether to evacuate or stay. Plan several evacuation routes, if possible, in case some roads become impassable. Identify where you will stay until it is safe to return home. If you have pets, find, in advance, places to board them or hotels and shelters that are pet friendly.

During a wide-scale disaster, such as tornado or hurricane, prepare for power outages. Keep fresh batteries for flashlights, keep cell phones fully charged. If you don’t have one, consider purchasing a cell phone charger for your vehicle. Also, keep your gas tank full.

During hurricane season, keep a basic disaster supply kit of nonperishable food, water, first aid supplies, medicines, disposable diapers, formula and baby food (if necessary), plus extra food and water for pets. Don’t forget a manual can opener. Keep these items in a waterproof container and include enough food and water for several days.

A battery-operated weather radio will be invaluable in an emergency. These radios can be programmed to your local weather service office and will provide information on approaching severe weather in your area. Heed their advice if you are directed to evacuate.

Keep enough cash on hand to get through several days. Banks will likely be closed and ATMs won’t function during a power outage.

Several government agencies work together to help you and your family stay safe. If you would like additional information, try these links:

The 2014 FM Global Resilience Index places Norway, Switzerland, Canada and Australia at the top of the list of nations most resilient to supply chain disruption, a major cause of business volatility as highlighted in the recent BCI Horizon Scan Report which revealed that 42% of respondents to the survey expressed concern or extreme concern about the possibility of this threat materialising. This level of concern is no surprise given that the 2013 BCI Supply Chain Resilience Report revealed that three quarters of respondents do not have full visibility of their supply chain disruption levels and three quarters have experienced at least one incident in the preceding 12 months.

Commissioned by FM Global, the Index is an online, data-driven tool and repository that ranks the business resilience of 130 countries. More than a year in development, the Index is designed to help executives better assess and manage supply chain risk.

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http://www.thebci.org/index.php/about/news-room#/news/tracking-your-supply-chain-the-riskiest-countries-for-business-86854