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ISO 22301, the international business continuity standard

Are you best prepared to respond to and recover from a disruptive incident?

The international standard ISO 22301:2012 sets out the requirements for a business continuity management system (BCMS) and is considered the only credible framework for effective business continuity management in the world.

Effective business continuity management means an organization can resume operations and return to ‘business as usual’ as quickly as possible after a disruptive incident (for example, a cyber attack or power failure).

An ISO 22301-aligned BCMS will include disaster recovery and business continuity plans to help your organization recover critical operations as quickly as possible.

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What is a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)?

A BCMS is a framework for organisations to update, control and deploy an effective BCM programme that helps them prepare for, respond to and recover from disruptive incidents. Implementing a BCMS includes the development of business continuity plans, taking into account organisational contingencies and capabilities, as well as the organisation’s individual business needs. ISO 22301 provides the specification for a best-practice BCMS.

A BCMS helps organisations cope with incidents affecting all business-critical processes and activities, from the failure of a single server to the complete loss of a major facility.

Business Continuity Management – The nine-step approach 

If you are not sure where to start with your BCMS, download this free green paper for an introduction to business continuity management based on ISO 22301, the international standard for a BCMS.

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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.

Disaster recovery plans are focused on returning an organization back to ‘business as usual’ after a disruptive incident and achieving total recovery, where business continuity management is about making sure the organization can continue to function during a disruption.

Assess your BCM arrangements against ISO 22301

Get an accurate picture of how effective your organization’s BCM arrangements are with our ISO 22301 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 organization is fully prepared to recover from a disruptive incident.

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How IT Governance can help you

  • We have helped more than 600 clients with management system implementation and certification projects around the world. 
  • We offer a wide range of BCM products and services, including books, standards, consultancy, and documentation toolkits to support your implementation journey. 
  • We take an integrated approach to compliance so we can align your BCMS with your needs for information security, quality management etc. 
  • Our advice is always pragmatic, and we work according to your budget, timeframe and organizational needs. No organization or project is ever too big or small. 
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