Business Continuity NewsBriefs - December 19, 2018
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Trends and Threats in 2019

December 19, 2018 - As we head to the end of 2018, it's time to look forward to what 2019 will bring. These articles focus on the trends and challenges to expect in the coming year and what you should be doing to prepare for them. Take a look to see if your plans will cover your business as things change.

"My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters." 
-- Boris Johnson, former UK foreign secretary --

1. What 2019 holds for the future of business continuity and storage

With heightened sensitivity around data security and tolerance for data loss diminishing, businesses cannot afford to expose their data unnecessarily. Investing in security solutions is obviously necessary but sometimes it can be virtually impossible to prevent breaches or attacks from happening. When these breaches happen, Disaster Recovery as a Service provides the easiest route to getting things back up and running with the least possible inconvenience to end users.

2. Top 3 Predictions for Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery in 2019

From the California wildfires and Hurricanes Florence and Michael to rampant data exposures, the Russian VPNFilter, and other major cyberattacks, 2018 has forced many organizations to put their business continuity systems and disaster recovery plans to the test. Will yours hold up in 2019?

3. Top Ten Trends and Key Recommendations for 2019

Cyber-attacks are increasing in sophistication and magnitude of impact across all industries globally. According to a recent report issued by the U.S. Security Exchange Commission (SEC) the average cost of a cyber data breach is $7.5 Million and is continually increasing in value year over year. While all organizations are potential targets of cyber-attacks, the industries which possess the most valuable data are the biggest targets. What should you be doing now to prepare?

4. Data-Related Issues Feature Among Top 2019 Risks for Internal Audit

The growing strategic importance of data is a critical emerging risk area for heads of internal audit in 2019, as shown the Gartner annual Audit Plan Hot Spots report. "Cybersecurity, data governance, third parties and data privacy top the list of risks for which heads of audit will need to provide assurance." The Hot Spots report combines input from interviews and surveys with over 200 respondents across Gartner's global network of client organizations with extensive expert research to identify key risks for organizations.

5. Corporate travel trends to watch in 2019

For many organizations, business travel is no longer as simple as finding the best flight and hotel options, but it is also about ensuring the safety and well-being of their employees when they are traveling. Keeping the above context in mind, below are the five key business travel trends to watch in 2019.

6. Five Major Trends Impacting Cloud & its Adoption in 2019

The rate of cloud adoption will continue to rise in 2019 and be harder to ignore as more CIOs are challenged by the enormous costs of managing infrastructure while dealing with the high costs of delivering availability, security and performance. With a booming economy, enterprises will often overlook inefficiencies and real infrastructure costs because they don't have to worry about it at the time. However, forward-looking CIOs will start preparing for the inevitable downturn by focusing on reigning in costs and reducing operational risk, while delivering a superior experience to their customers.

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