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Leader in data recovery confirms ability to recover macOS High Sierra data

NOVATO, Calif. — DriveSavers, the worldwide leader in data recovery, eDiscovery and digital forensics, announced today that the company is ready to retrieve data stored on drives formatted with the new Apple File System (APFS), should users lose access to their drives during the beta test period or with the final release of macOS High Sierra.

Announced at Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference as part of macOS High Sierra, APFS offers improved performance and security.

DriveSavers Director of Engineering Mike Cobb said, "macOS High Sierra is a huge step forward for performance and APFS is a fantastic addition. It is certainly stable enough to be released as a public beta; however, as a precaution, a complete backup of your Mac’s drive must be created before installing the beta.”

Because APFS changes the way data is stored on a drive, the only option to go back to an older or current release version of macOS is to completely erase and reformat the drive—wiping out all the data in the process.

As it is the case with all beta testing software, DriveSavers recommends a full backup or image copy before installing the macOS High Sierra. Data could be at risk if not properly backed up. If any data loss occurs, DriveSavers is ready and fully capable of recovery.

About DriveSavers

DriveSavers is the worldwide leader in data recovery, eDiscovery and digital forensic services. All of the company’s services meet security protocols for financial, legal, corporate and healthcare industries.

In business since 1985, DriveSavers recovers data from all storage media, including SSDs, HDDs, smartphones, camera cards and enterprise-level devices such as RAID, NAS and SAN. The company handles all kinds of data loss situations, including mechanical failure, physical, water and fire damage, data corruption, file deletions and more.

All leading manufacturers authorize DriveSavers to open sealed drive mechanisms without voiding the original warranty, including Intel, Toshiba, OCZ, OWC, SanDisk, Apple, Western Digital, Patriot, Plextor, LiteOn, Dell, Buffalo, Drobo, Promise, QNAP, ATTO, ioSafe, NetApp, Thecus, HGST, ADATA, Kingston, VMware and more.

Customers include Bank of America, Google, Lucasfilm, NASA, Harvard University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, U.S. Army and Sandia National Laboratories.

The Business Continuity Institute

The Business Continuity Institute is pleased to announce the shortlist for its Americas Awards, an annual celebration of the best, brightest and most innovative in the business continuity and resilience industry across the region. The awards are due to be presented at DRJ's Fall World in Phoenix, Arizona on the 19th September.

The BCI Americas Awards are designed to recognise those individuals and organizations who have excelled in the field of business continuity and resilience throughout the year. The Awards are one of seven regional awards hosted by the BCI each year, which culminate in the annual Global Awards, held in November to coincide with the annual BCI World Conference in London, England.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Continuity and Resilience Personality of the Year 2017

  • Tracey Forbes-Rice
  • Sean Murphy
  • Malcolm Reid
  • Jay Geppert
  • Keith Cantando

Continuity and Resilience Consultant of the Year 2017

  • Chris Rivera
  • Dustin Mackie
  • Suzanne Bernier

Most Effective Recovery of the Year 2017

  • AON
  • The Gap

Continuity and Resilience Innovation of the Year 2017

  • Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies
  • ReadiNow Corporation
  • OnSolve
  • Premier Continuum

Continuity and Resilience Newcomer of the Year 2017

  • Amanda Nolan
  • Aimee Nielsen
  • Adrian Fuentes Flores

Continuity and Resilience Professional of the Year (private sector) 2017

  • Crystal Witt
  • Melanie Lucht
  • Edwin Brown

Continuity and Resilience Provider of the Year (service/product) 2017

  • Fusion Risk Management for Fusion Framework® Continuity Risk Management System
  • Avalution Consulting for Catalyst
  • Strategic BCP for ResilienceONE®

Continuity and Resilience Team of the Year 2017

  • Humana Inc.
  • Cisco
  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

All winners of a BCI Regional Award are automatically entered into the Global Awards. The BCI Americas Awards consist of eight categories – seven of which are decided by a panel of industry experts with the winner of the Industry Personality Award being voted for by their peers.

The Business Continuity Institute

The UK's top firms and charities urgently need to do more to protect themselves from online threats, with 1 in 10 FTSE 350 companies operating without a response plan for a cyber incident, and only 6% of businesses completely prepared for new data protection rules, according to the UK Government's FTSE 350 Cyber Governance Health Check.

Undertaken in the wake of recent high profile cyber attacks, the survey of the UK’s biggest 350 companies found more than two thirds of boards had not received training to deal with a cyber incident (68%) despite more than half saying cyber threats were a top risk to their business (54%).

There has been progress in some areas when compared with last year’s health check, with more than half of company boards now setting out their approach to cyber risks (53% up from 33%) and more than half of businesses having a clear understanding of the impact of a cyber attack (57% up from 49%).

Separate research which looked at cyber security in charities has found that third sector organizations are just as susceptible to cyber attacks as those in the private sector, with many staff not well informed about the topic and awareness and knowledge varying considerably across different charities. Other findings show those in charge of cyber security, especially in smaller charities, are often not proactively seeking information and relying on outsourced IT providers to deal with threats.

Minister for Digital Matt Hancock said: "We have world leading businesses and a thriving charity sector but recent cyber attacks have shown the devastating effects of not getting our approach to cyber security right. These new reports show we have a long way to go until all our organizations are adopting best practice and I urge all senior executives to work with the National Cyber Security Centre and take up the Government’s advice and training. Charities must do better to protect the sensitive data they hold and I encourage them to access a tailored programme of support we are developing alongside the Charity Commission and the National Cyber Security Centre."

Where charities recognised the importance of cyber security, this was often due to holding personal data on donors or service users, or having trustees and staff with private sector experience of the issue. Charities also recognised those responsible for cyber security need new skills and general awareness among staff needs to raise.

Helen Stephenson CBE, Chief Executive at the Charity Commission for England and Wales, said: "Charities have lots of competing priorities but the potential damage of a cyber attack is too serious to ignore. It can result in the loss of funds or sensitive data, affect a charity’s ability to help those in need, and damage its precious reputation. Charities need to do more to educate their staff about this threat and ensure they dedicate enough time and resources to improving cyber security."

The Horizon Scan Report, published by the Business Continuity Institute, showed that it didn't matter whether an organization was private, public or third sector, by and large they will all share the same risks, and the greatest of those being cyber attacks.

The Business Continuity Institute

ISO standards are reviewed every five years to ensure they are kept up-to-date and relevant to the needs of users, and the time has come for business continuity management to be put under the spotlight and examined as to whether any revisions or amendments are required.

The Business Continuity Institute is therefore seeking views from the community of standards users - from auditors and those who are certified, to those who align to it - to help establish the appetite for any amendments and revision.

Please click on this link and take the short survey. It should take no more than 10 minutes and will close on the 29th August 2017.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:08

Risk Assessment Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Risk assessment is already a vast subject and the pitfalls of risk assessment alone would probably fill a good-sized book.

Between cognitive biases, errors in processes, and poor enterprise alignment, there’s lots to get wrong!

We can’t claim to be encyclopaedic on the subject, but if you’re a risk manager, a business continuity manager or just a manager trying to avoid accidents, here are three categories of pitfalls to watch out for.



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