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Risk & Business Continuity British Standards

Proud sponsor of CMI's Business Continuity Management (BCM) Survey 2013

Now available to download

BSI is once again proud to sponsor the UK’s most widely used report on business continuity. Now available to download, the annual CMI Business Continuity Management Survey provides valuable insight into attitudes towards business continuity year on year.

The report focuses on how prepared organizations were for unexpected disruptions to their day-to-day operations over the past year. The 2013 report shows encouraging signs overall with an increase in the number of firms with business continuity plans in place for the third year running.

“Over the past few years, Britain’s businesses have experienced many unexpected incidents and I am sure 2013 will be no exception. So it is very positive news that more and more organizations are addressing the issue of business continuity, with many using the new international standard for Business Continuity Management (ISO 22301) as their framework.

There remains however an alarming percentage which still have no contingency plans in place. The reality is that Business Continuity Management is not a complicated science but a critical part of best practice management and business excellence.”

Shirley Bailey-Wood, Director of Publishing at BSI

Key highlights

Sources of disruption
Aside from snow (77%), the other most experienced causes of disruption during 2012 were: loss of people due to illness (42%), loss of IT (40%) and loss of telecommunications (27%).

BCM adoption on the rise
63% of respondents report that their organization has BCM arrangements in place – up from 61% in 2012, 58% in 2011 and 49% in 2010.

Less disruption and return on investment
In the last 12 months, 87% of managers whose organizations activated their BCM arrangements agreed that it effectively reduced disruption and 81% said that the benefits outweighed the cost.

Reasons for BCM
Corporate governance remains the biggest external driver of BCM with 52% of managers saying it was a catalyst for their organization to put plans into place. This is closely followed by direct experience of an emergency/crisis (42%) and customer demands (38%).

BCM for SMEs
In 2013, small organizations overtook medium organizations in terms of the overall percentage using BCM.

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BSI can help you acquire the confidence you need

Business continuity contributes to the development of a more resilient society. Organizations without an effective BCMS in place risk significant vulnerability and the resulting impact on their employees, customers and suppliers. Disruptions to your business can result in data risk, revenue loss, failure to deliver services as normal or in extreme cases, failure to deliver at all. That’s why organizations need strong business continuity planning.

BSI has developed a range of business continuity management (BCM) standards, self-assessment tools, books, conferences and training sessions to help your business reduce the chance and impact of disruption should an incident occur. Many organizations consider themselves prepared for interruptions, only to discover shortcomings at the last minute.

Successful businesses expect the unexpected and plan for it

Business continuity management encourages a proactive and systematic approach to ensure that you are best prepared. BSI has published the latest international requirements standard for business continuity management systems – BS ISO 22301.

This standard enables your organization to prepare for disruptive incidents that might otherwise prevent it from achieving key objectives.

BS ISO 22301 can be used to assess an organization’s ability to meet its own continuity needs and obligations and establish a business continuity management policy that provides a framework for implementing effective business continuity arrangements.

We recently published BS ISO 22313 which provides a more intuitive framework to those pursuing business continuity best practice. It is a key milestone to support the uptake and implementation of effective BCM worldwide.

Why is effective business continuity essential?

In an increasingly competitive market, organizations need to go to greater lengths to survive. After all where are they if they can’t continue to produce their products and services at a normal pace? Successful business continuity arrangements provide the solution to these problems by minimizing disruption and increasing the speed of recovery.

By adopting a standard approach to BCM as set out in BS ISO 22301, organizations can offer their customers and clients greater assurance that they will be capable of maintaining continuity of operations if they suffer disruptive incidents. BS ISO 22301 specifies the requirements to:

  • Identify crucial risk factors already affecting your organization
  • Understand your organization’s needs and obligations
  • Establish, implement and maintain your BCMS
  • Measure your organization’s overall capability to manage disruptive incidents
  • Guarantee conformity with stated business continuity policy
  • If disruption is not an option for your business, implementing BS ISO 22301 is the first step towards a best practice approach. The standard has been specifically designed to ensure continued business functionality during the most unexpected circumstances.

    Keep up with best practice with the BCMS Transition Course. Helping you move from BS 25999 to ISO 22301, find out the necessary changes you need to make to maintain business continuity within your organization.

    Find out more today

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  • Corporate social responsibility and governance
  • Integrated management systems (IMS)
  • Project management
  • Knowledge management
  • Quality management
  • Risk management
  • Supply chain management & risk
  • Supply chain security solutions
  • For help transferring over to the new BS ISO 22301 from BS 25999:2, download your free transition guide today! This document has been specifically designed to ease the implementation of the latest international requirements standard.

    Download Transition Guide now


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    Keep up with international best practice and make the transition from BS 25999 to ISO 22301 with BSI’s Business Continuity Course


    Following the strong international interest in the original British Standard BS 25999-2, BSI published BS ISO 22301 – the latest international requirements standard for business continuity management systems. This standard gives your organization access to the requirements of a BCMS that will enable your organization to prepare for disruptive incidents that might otherwise prevent it from achieving its objectives.

    BS ISO 22301 can be used to assess an organization’s ability to meet its own continuity needs and obligations and establish a business continuity management policy that provides a framework for implementing effective business continuity arrangements.

    In common with other management systems’ standards, BS ISO 22301 is based on the ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ model that seeks to improve continually the effectiveness of the organization through proficient planning, implementation, supervision, review and maintenance.

    We also recently published BS ISO 22313 which acts as the guidance document for BS ISO 22301. Together, these BCM standards seek to support organizations in their on-going challenge to improve business resilience in the face of unforeseen circumstances.

    Find out more...

    ISO 22301 Transition Guide
    Want to learn how to make move from BS 25999-2 to BS ISO 22301?
    Guidance on moving from BS 25999-2 to ISO 22301 

     

    You can also keep up with best practice with the BCMS Transition Course. Helping you move from BS 25999 to ISO 22301, find out the necessary changes you need to make to maintain business continuity within your organization.

    What exactly is BS 25999?

    BS 25999 is made up of two parts

    Part 1, the Code of Practice, provides BCM best practice recommendations to help you put the requirements for BCMS in to place in your organization.

    BS 25999-1:2006BS 25999-1:2006
    Business continuity management. Code of practice

     

     

    Part 2, the Specification, gives you the requirements for a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS).

    BS 25999-1:2006BS 25999-1:2006
    Business continuity management. Code of practice

     

     

    BS 25999-2:2007BS 25999-2:2007
    Business continuity management. Specification

     

     

    BS ISO/IEC 27031:2011BS ISO/IEC 27031:2011
    Information technology. Security techniques. Guidelines for information and communication technology readiness for business continuity

      

    Do you want some expert advice? View our business continuity books...

    The Route Map to BCMThe Route Map to Business Continuity Management: Meeting the Requirements of ISO 22301
    John Sharp

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    A Practical Approach to Business Impact Analysis. Understanding the Organization through Business Continuity ManagementA Practical Approach to Business Impact Analysis. Understanding the Organization through Business Continuity Management
    Ian Charters

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    PD 25111PD 25111:2010
    Business continuity management. Guidance on human aspects of business continuity

     

     

    Business continuity management. Guidance on exercising and testing for continuity and contingency programmesPD 25666:2010
    Business continuity management. Guidance on exercising and testing for continuity and contingency programmes

     

    Communication Strategies: Write Your Incident Communication Plan Now
    Jim Preen

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    bip 2034Disaster and Emergency Management Systems
    Tony Moore

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    Auditing Business Continuity Management Plans

    John Silltow

      

    Business continuity communications. Successful incident communication planning with ISO 22301

    Jim Preen

      

    Business continuity exercises and tests. Delivering successful exercise programmes with ISO 22301

    Jim Preen

     

    Business continuity management for small and medium sized enterprises. How to survive a major disaster or failure

    David Lacey

     

     


    Organizations predict changes to business continuity in 2013
    03 January 2013

    Government produces business continuity 'survival guide'
    28 September 2012

    Treasury Committee issues warning over banking business continuity standards
    06 September 2012

    Business continuity 'affected by high infrastructure complexity'
    29 August 2012

    Adaptability and business continuity planning 'enhances competitiveness'
    24 August 2012

    Business continuity planning increase in response to series of shocks
    13 August 2012

    Disasters cause pharma companies to rethink business continuity
    30 July 2012

    Study highlights business continuity risks of H5N1
    25 June 2012

    Firms 'failing to prepare for disaster recovery'
    26 April 2012

    Business continuity planning 'could boost Olympic revenues'
    05 April 2012

    Business continuity plans 'offer wider advantages'
    17 February 2012

    Warning issued about Olympian business continuity risk
    06 February 2012

    IT decision makers 'concerned about London 2012 business continuity'
    12 January 2012

    Firms offered advice about Olympic business continuity
    11 January 2012

    Good hygiene standards can enhance business continuity management
    10 January 2012

    Good hygiene standards can enhance business continuity management
    09 January 2012

    SMEs 'failing to put effective disaster recovery standards in place'
    06 January 2012

    Majority of firms 'would suffer business continuity problems in severe weather'
    19 December 2011

    Businesses urged to back up data
    16 December 2011

    Business continuity problems affect Post Offices' busiest day
    13 December 2011


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    Adapting to Climate Change using your Business Continuity Management System

    In partnership with Climate Ready, BSI has developed a practical guide to help business continuity professionals understand and manage severe weather risks as part of their existing business continuity management system. The guide sets out a series of tasks in requirement with ISO 22301; enabling organizations to improve their ability to deal with weather related disruptions. Available to download now   

     

    CMI Report 2013CMI Business Continuity Management Survey 2013

    BSI is proud to once again sponsor the UK’s most widely used report on business continuity. Available to download now   

     

    CMI ReportCMI BCM Survey 2012
    Available to download.

      

      

    The Route Map to BCMThe Route Map to Business Continuity Management: Meeting the Requirements of ISO 22301
    John Sharp

      

    Case Studies

    Case Study: London emergency department implements business continuity management system to help save lives in event of disruption
    King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Case Study: The BS 25999 Experience: how BS 25999 is delivering for HDNL?
    Eddie Hill, Head of Business Continuity, Shop Direct Group

    Case Study: BS 25999 in a multi-site enterprise
    Andy Mason, Head of Business Continuity, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Technical Briefing: Business Impact Analysis: understanding what is required for
    BS 25999
    Hilary Estall, Director, Perpetual Solutions Ltd

    BCM helps make the National Health Service resilient

    Training courses

    Introduction to ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management

    Implementing an ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System

    ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Internal Auditor

    ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Lead Auditor

    Business Continuity Management Systems Transition Course from BS 25999 to ISO 22301

    Review of BCM/1 Development Programmes:

    BS 25777: IT Continuity
    Robin Gaddum, Senior Managing Consultant, IBM

    PD 25888: Recovery Planning
    Wayne Harrop, University of Coventry

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