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Business continuity planning has played an important role in business resilience, but just recently an overarching, versatile international standard — BS 25999 — has been established. This new standard views business continuity as not just a plan, but as a holistic management system that should be integrated into your organization’s daily activities.
British Standard Institution’s British Standard (BS) 25999 takes the idea of a business continuity plan, and broadens its scope to encompass your entire enterprise. BS 25999 focuses your organizations objectives, making the development of a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) more efficient and its implementation more effective. Creating a BCMS involves not only the establishment and implementation of a plan to protect your employees, processes and supply chains, but also the continual improvement of your plan in order to maintain a system vital to your organization’s resilience.
BS 25999 is divided into two parts: BS 25999-1 and BS 25999-2. BS 25999-1, or the Code of Practice, was published in December 2006 and is a general document that outlines the purpose of the standard. BS 25999-2, or the Specification, was released in November 2007 and provides concrete steps a business should follow in order to develop and manage a BCMS.
Because of BS 25999-2‘s specific instructions, it is the document that external registrars will use to audit your company. It includes four main sections on creating and maintaining a BCMS*:
- Planning the BCMS
- Implementing and operating the BCMS
- Monitoring and reviewing the BCMS
- Maintaining and improving the BCMS
BS 25999 is a set of instructions for creating and maintaining a Business Continuity Management System in businesses of any size or type. An organization wishing to use BS 25999 will find itself better able to provide services and products to its customers while keeping employees safe and productive in a variety of situations.
*From BS 25999-2:2007