A robot ear surgeon drills into the future of medicine

Technically it ain't brain surgery, but let’s just say you wouldn’t want to do a cochlear implant while sleepy or distracted. So it’s a good thing this surgery robot can’t be either of those things. It drills into the bone behind the ear, watching with two shining eyes. The bit passes just half a millimeter ...

Are business continuity and information security converging?

Is the increasing organizational focus on information security having an effect on the traditional demarcation lines between business continuity and information security management (ISM)? Continuity Central recently conducted an online survey to find out. 182 responses to the survey were received and it seems that convergence between BCM and ISM has happened in some organizations; ...

US small businesses disaster preparedness under the spotlight

68% of US small-business owners don't have a written disaster recovery plan, even though about half (49%) said it would take their business at least three months to recover from a natural disaster, according to Nationwide's Small Business Indicator. While most small-business owners don't have a formal plan, many have taken various steps to prepare ...

Why business continuity managers need to trust ‘gut feel’

Sometimes as a business continuity manager you have a feeling that a certain decision is the wrong one, despite qualitative and quantitative evidence pointing to the contrary. Dominic Irvine explains how research is starting to support the reliability of trusting your gut feeling… Qualitative and quantitative evidence is sometimes used as a weapon to force ...

Facebook updates its platform policy to forbid using data for surveillance

Facebook today announced changes to its platform policy that forbid developers from using the company’s data for surveillance purposes. The changes include language “to more clearly explain that developers cannot ‘use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance,’” the company said in a blog post. “Our goal is to make ...

Hundreds of mobile websites and apps are found to leak personal info

Using apps and mobile websites is normal for smartphone users, but applications you trust could be leaking your personal information — and it can be surprisingly easy for a hacker to find it. "There are so many very popular, recognizable brands out there producing apps and websites that are leaking personally identifiable information," said Michael ...

Samsung officially unveils Bixby, its new AI assistant for mobile and IoT

Apple gave us Siri, Microsoft gave us Cortana, Amazon gave us Alexa, Google gave us, um, Google, and now Samsung has officially introduced its new AI-powered assistant to the world. After months of speculation that its new mobile assistant would be called Bixby, Samsung has now confirmed that Bixby is indeed the name of the ...

Ransomware puts businesses at risk of immeasurable loss

The effects of ransomware attacks on organizations can cause unquantifiable financial cost and immeasurable data loss. Yet, despite this, there is a lack of awareness when it comes to being prepared. A study conducted by Timico and Datto found that two-thirds of UK businesses have no official ransomware policy to guide employees on what to do ...

Accessing my world – ISO standards to remove barriers

ISO standards to remove barriers Few things can be more frustrating than thoughtlessness and bad design that excludes people. But sometimes the best way to cater for people’s differing needs is not clear. That’s where ISO Standards come in. Covering everything from placement of signage for blind people to safer pedestrian crossings for the deaf ...

BCM Policy: the King Kong and Skull Island of Continuity

Ships log: Monday An ancient, lever-arched folder has been discovered in the arms of a body which has been drifting in a life boat for weeks out on the ocean. The outer layer of the big black, 2 ring folder has been badly beaten by the sea water and the sun; but it has been ...

Moving from A to B – ISO Standards and transport

From submarines to spacecraft, ISO standards cover all aspects of transport, including road vehicles, ships, aircraft and aerospace systems. Transporting goods and people safely and efficiently is essential to a sound economy and personal mobility. And as the number of journeys undertaken grows each year, so does the role of ISO standards. From design, construction ...

BCM Jobs – March Update

BC Management, a global leader in recruiting and placing continuity, resiliency, crisis management and risk management professionals, is assisting multiple clients with their personnel needs. Please share this with colleagues who may be qualified for any of these job openings. Thanks for your interest and your help. Seeking candidates for the following jobs: Disaster Recovery ...

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