New business continuity standard will protect reputations and cut risk, says BSI

The new British standard for business continuity will help organisations protect their brand and reputation as well as helping them reduce risk, says the British Standards Institution (BSI).

The new British standard for business continuity will help organisations protect their brand and reputation as well as helping them reduce risk, says the British Standards Institution (BSI).

The BSI published the requirements for the BS 25999 standard in November 2007 to enable organisations to certify their business continuity management systems (BCMS).

John Hele, global product manager for BSI Management Systems, said certification would help to protect organisations' brand and reputation, help them retain clients, and speed up the tendering process.

"Certification will provide a faster way of proving organisations' resilience to potential customers as well as making them more attractive to insurers and potentially qualify them for preferential rates," he said.

Hele will detail the certification process at next week's Business Continuity Expo in London and aims to help organisations understand the wider benefits of the standard.

"Many organisations are still struggling with the idea of spending time and resources on something they hope they will never use," he said.

Hele also aims to help organisations decide what the scope of their BCMS should be. Many organisations looking to introduce the standard struggled to work out how much of their business the BCMS should encompass, he added.

"The key to setting the scope of a BCMS is for an organisation to determine what its key products and services are, and what the critical activities are that produce those products and services."

Hele said the process helped organisations identify what they would try to save in the event of a major disaster, what systems they would have to restore, and how quickly that would have to happen before the continuity of the business was threatened.



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