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ISO 22301 : 2012

Societal Security -- Business Continuity Management System

 

ISO 22301 was launched in May 2012, replacing British Standard BS25999-2. ISO22301 is based on the 'Plan-Do-Check-Act' model, as found in other management system standards, and set outs the requirements for a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS). ISO 22301:2012 specifies requirements to plan, establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve a documented management system to protect against, reduce the likelihood of occurrence, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disruptive incidents when they arise. The requirements specified in ISO 22301:2012 are generic and intended to be applicable to all organizations, or parts thereof, regardless of type, size and nature of the organization. The extent of application of these requirements depends on the organization's operating environment and complexity. One of the features that differentiates this standard compared to other business continuity frameworks/standards is that an organization can become certified by an accredited certification body, and will therefore be able to prove its compliance to its customers, partners, owners and other stakeholders. When implemented properly, business continuity management will decrease the possibility of a disruptive incident, and if such incident occurs an organization will be ready to respond in an appropriate way, and thus drastically decrease the potential damage of such incident.

 

Business disruption: how will you survive? Fail to plan and your business may fail! Would your business survive a major incident? What if your key staff were suddenly unavailable? What if your premises were to become uninhabitable? What if your systems and data failed altogether? Would your business ever recover? At what cost?

Choosing to survive shows you how to systematically prepare your business, not only for the unthinkable, but also for smaller incidents which, if left unattended, could well lead to major disasters. A business continuity management (BCM) program is critical for every business today, and this book will enable you to develop and implement yours to maximum effect. An effective BCM program will have a positive impact on your business, not only enabling you to carry on 'business as usual' in the event of an incident, but also in its day-to-day running. You will realize improved organizational performance, improved stakeholder confidence (including shareholders, customers, supply chain), competitive advantages, financial savings & increased profits.

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