Business Continuity

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ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management

ISO 22301 is the global Business Continuity Management standard to help organisations understand and prioritise the threats to business. The standard sets out requirements to help organisations recover from disruptive events.
The standard requires organisations consider all elements of the business to ensure they are fully prepared to manage and recover from a disruptive event. This includes elements such as documentation, interested parties, roles and responsibilities (including competencies and awareness), impact analysis and risk assessment, testing and exercise to name a few.

Understanding the scope of the Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) is a key starting point for any organisation considering implementing a BCMS. Key suppliers are often forgotten about. If you have current certification to ISO9001 or ISO27001 then there will be some elements which can be used rather than duplicated. A key strategy that our consultants recommend is testing the resulting plan/s during the creation of the BSMS to ensure it is fit for purpose once the system goes live. This can be performed in a number of ways and the desktop exercise is usually a preferred method to weed out any inaccuracies. It can be said that an untested plan is not a plan!!

In short, the standard can help organisations handle issues such as disruption, reputation, risk management and engagement.

Be assured that our consultants can help you guide you through the whole process to enable you to achieve your certification goals. Call us today to discuss your requirements.

Disaster Recovery and BCMS

Disaster recovery plans are often formed within the context of a BCMS. They are relatively technical and will focus on the recovery of specific operations, functions, sites, services or applications. These are broken into key stages 1. Impact Analysis 2. Recovery Strategies 3. Plan Development and finally 4. Testing and Maintenance.

Disaster recovery plans are focused on returning an organisation back to BAU (business as usual) after a disruptive incident and achieving total recovery, where business continuity management is about making sure the organisation can continue to function during a disruption and maintain brand reputation.

Impact Analysis

Recovery Strategies

Plan Development

Testing and Maintenance

Assess your BCM plan against ISO 22301

Get an accurate picture of how effective your organisation’s BCM arrangements are with our consultative and supportive approach to gap analysis. Receive an expert assessment of how your business continuity plans and procedures align with the best practice outlined in ISO 22301, and ensure your organisation is fully prepared to recover from a disruptive incident.

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