Business continuity: Are you ready for risk?

November 10, 2011 1:11 pm Published by

Burned buildingMany of our clients choose ISO certification to grow their business and better compete in global markets. It’s a proactive way to make the most of management.

But standards also apply when protecting your business from risk. The same processes and procedures that support, say, efficient production, apply to developing an effective response to unknowns — the nasty things that can happen to a business, including fire, theft, vandalism, earthquakes, floods, pandemic illnesses and more.

In other words, the kind of stuff that can keep you up at night.

Business continuity planning touches on numerous ISO categories, including aerospace, environmental management, information technology service management and information security. Business continuity also has its own certification, BS 25999.

BS 25999 consists of two parts. The first seeks to establish processes, principles and terminology for business continuity management. The second, “BS 25999-2:2007, specifies requirements for implementing, operating and improving a documented Business Continuity Management System (BCMS), describing only requirements that can be objectively and independently audited.”

In short, incorporating business continuity into your management standards prepares you to better continue operating under adverse conditions. Any event that could impact your company should be considered, such as supply chain interruption, loss of or damage to critical infrastructure (major machinery or computing/network resource) and loss of key personnel.

Learn more about our upcoming BS25999 course, then contact us to learn more about reducing your risks and planning for the worst. The old cliché really is true — hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

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This post was written by Roy D'Ardenne