BT has criticised the long-awaited British Standard Institute's (BSI) BS 25999 business continuity standard for not going far enough to ensure co-operation across business boundaries.
Bharat Thakrar, head of business continuity at BT Global Services said while BS 25999 was easy to understand and would help standardise approaches to continuity planning, it could have been broader in scope.
"Business continuity needs to be across organisations not just within individual companies - that is a trick that is being missed," he said.
According to Thakrar, UK business should be aiming to achieve resilience across organisations in the same building, business district, city, county and region by sharing information and co-ordinating business continuity plans.
This approach to business continuity focuses on improving the resilience of entire supply chains and value chains rather than within a single company.
"There are major gaps when it comes to inter-relating the continuity plans of different organisations that could be affected by the same disruptions to business activities like floods and power failures," Thakrar said.
He expressed concern that BS 25999 could become a paper exercise if the best practices enshrined in the standard do not become ingrained in the business practices and culture of organisations.
"But cultural transformation is not an easy thing to do. It needs the investment of staff and senior management - they need to put effort and finance behind it," Thakrar said.
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