BSI Organizational Resilience standard - BS 65000 to be revised & updated | find out more

BS Standard 65000 Guidance on Organizational Resilience publishedThe British Standards Institution (BSI) has published guidance standard for organizational resilience.

British Standard 65000:2014 | guidance on organizational resilience was first mooted nearly 10 years ago and published in 2014 having passed through a number of major development stages.

UPDATE 2020 - BS65000 will be starting a process of revision and update in 2020 to ensure that the guidance it contains helps organisations to continue meeting the challenges found in an increasingly complex world

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The development of this BSI standard continues to mirror much of the industry debate and discussion on how organizations need to evolve their risk and business continuity management approaches to deliver greater capabilities and value for their stakeholders. 

The development team, including the Continuity Forum, liaise extensively with interested parties across the public and private sectors. The result means the standard is focused on how real resilience is the result of a number of good practice activities working well together and being correctly aligned on the goals of the organization concerned.

These activities would typically include Risk and Business Continuity Management, along with Crisis and Incident Management and increasing IT Security and governance models.  These disciplines together provide the practical tools that help deliver real resilience, but if they're only used in isolation or if they are not connected with the goals of the organisation real opportunities to enhance the organizations resilience may be lost or negatively affected.

As a result BS 65000 sets out in the first pages the clear need to see resilience as a strategic objective, one that protects the capabilities, but also enhances the longer term value of the organization.  In the introduction it describes organizational resilience as:

“… the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, and respond and adapt to everything from minor everyday events to acute shocks and chronic or incremental changes.”

A major theme seen in BS 65000 is the importance of the strategic relationships between critical activities that when properly understood and addressed well can deliver an integrated capability.  This brings a higher level of coherence toplanning that cuts through silo’s enabling a more resilient culture to be embedded into the organization. 

BS 65000includes a Maturity Model for organizational resilience and a series of 24 stress test questions that are particulary helpful to determine the consistency and relevance of an organizations planning. These questions are particularly useful as they provide senior managers with the abiltiy to assess just how well planning is integrated into the processes and activities from the boardroom through to the factory floor. 

The Continuity Forum is providing briefings for partners and other interested parties on BS 65000 and how it can help organisations. 

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