The latest figure brings the total number of human deaths to fourteen in China’s unfolding bird flu epidemic. Infection cases that have been recorded appear to originate from Shanghai and show that this is a new strain, H7N9, which was not previously known to infect humans. With 63 reported cases of human infection and fourteen deaths, the mortality rate is high. This latest outbreak of bird flu has had a very serious impact on China’s Read More
The International Standards Organisation (ISO) recently launched its first standard for Business Continuity Management, ISO22301. “The business world is increasingly digital with systemic dependencies and a company’s effectiveness depends on its systems’ resilience,” says Eugene Taylor, managing director of TaGza and the UK’s Institute of Directors (IoD) constituent representative on the British Standards Institute TC223 committee. “Adherence to a reputable standard for business continuity like ISO22301 indicates that a company is serious about its organisational Read More
Data volumes are growing exponentially as the world digitises, and businesses continue to unlock the value held intheir information. And yet there is ample evidence that companies are not taking adequate measures to protect their data. According to research conducted by Vanson Bourne for EMC, 74% of European and South African companies doubt their ability to recover fully after a disaster. “Even more worrying, just over half of the companies surveyed suffered some sort of Read More
Cloud computing offers significant benefits to enterprises, and many are starting to factor it into their long-term planning. First, however, they need to understand the pros and cons of cloud—and how to make the move. “Cloud offers enterprises the benefits of reduced capital expenditure and staff requirements combined with scalability and quick deployment—something that’s hugely important in today’s fast-moving business environment,” says Shaheen Kalla, Managed Services Manager at ContinuitySA. “Cloud services coupled with service-level agreements Read More
As part of the upcoming global Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW2013) from the 18-22 March 2013 ContinuitySA is offering the BCI Good Practice Guidelines eLearning Course, which has been made available by the Business Continuity Institute(BCI) at no charge to interested parties. The course provides an introduction to the principles of Business Continuity Management and includes the BCM lifecycle with built in tests to check progress which will help those new to the discipline who Read More