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Dummies Guide to Business Continuity and Implementation and certification to ISO 22301 - chalk and cheese?

 
There are two new Business Continuity books coming out this summer that are likely to find their way on to the book shelves of many of our readers and partners. They are chalk and cheese in their content, but significant publications as they address two topics that feature highly in the questions we receive here at the Continuity Forum.  
 
Dummies Guide to Business Continuity The first title is the Business Continuity for Dummies published by John Wiley & Son and is targeted to provide a basic introduction to Business Continuity Management to those new to the process.
 
The second is published by the BCS - the Chartered Institute for IT and is titled Business Continuity Management Systems: Implementation and certification to ISO 22301
 
For many years one of the most consistent questions we have had, especially from those coming to BCM for the first time, has been, "what would we recommend as an introduction?" and we can now add the Dummies Guide to the Practical Business Continuity Management
 
More recently, since the launch of ISO 22301, and perhaps at the other end of the scale, the questions have been centred on getting good advice on how to implement the new ISO Standard; and with virtually perfect timing, Hilary Estall brings us her Guide to Implementing ISO 22301.  
 

Food Security and Supply Chain Risks - SPECIAL PROJECT

 

Business Continuity Forum - Securing the Food Supply Chain The Continuity Forum is part of a government working group researching short to medium term emergency issues relating to risk and the UK's food supply and its security. We are inviting interested parties to contact us to assist in the development of our formal report to the committees involved. We are particularly keen to gather information from Business Continuity, Resilience and Risk Professionals active in sectors relevant to the topic on the wider scope of issues being addressed.

 

The broad principles of the project are to identify how risks and disruptions may develop and how well the country is currently prepared to cope if they occurred.

 

FREE WEBINAR _ Managing Supply Chain Business Continuity with 3PQ

Continuity Forum Webinars and Events
3PQ for Supply Chain Continuity and Resilience
 
Free Friday Webinars  
22nd June 2012 11:00 am 
29th June 2012 11:00 am 
6th July 2012 11:00 am & 16:00pm 
 
 
How to use and manage your supply chain with 3PQ
 
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Forum Partners can request access to sessions or provide something tailored to your exact needs  
 
3PQ is the name of a free industry resource developed by a project team of industry professionals to help organizations better manage the risks concealed in their supply chains.
 
Join the BANG network on Linkedin3PQ was originally conceived and developed following lively discussions at a BANG London Meeting on the difficulties Business Continuity Professionals faced in responding to and managing the Supply requirements and capabilities of different organisations.
 
It was a  common problem crying out for a simple, yet effective solution... the 3PQ project was born.
 

ISO 22301 Webinar dates added due to demand

 
Our Webinars focusing on the new ISO Business Continuity Standard 22301 really have been incredibly popular with a response that has even taken us by surprise!
 
To meet this interest we have decided to add two extra sessions on the 20th and 27th on June at 09:30 and 16:30 respectively (UK time) for those that have been unable to participate so far  
 
These sessions are being provided free of charge. 
 
We are also running a special breakfast briefing on the new standard on the morning of July 5th in London. Keep an eye out for the details on the news and events pages or send a mail to us here to book a place at this special briefing.  
 

ISO official press release for Business Continuity standard - ISO 22301

 
ISO 22301 Press releaseISO has published an International Standard addressing business continuity management to contribute making organizations in both public and private sectors more resilient.
 
ISO 22301:2012, Societal security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements, will help organizations, regardless of their size, location or activity, to be better prepared and more confident to handle disruption of any type.
 
Incidents can disrupt an organization at any time and applying ISO 22301 will ensure that organizations can respond and continue its operations. Incidents take many forms ranging from large scale natural disasters and acts of terror to technology-related accidents and environmental incidents. However, most incidents are small but can have a significant impact and that m
akes business continuity management relevant at all times.
 

Climate Change and Business Continuity - changing the future - a new working group

Changing the future ...
 
The Continuity Forum has been working for a number of years looking at how the expertise and experience gained by Risk and Business Continuity professionals can help change our future.
 
Climate Change is a very real threat that needs united action by the public and private sector if the risks it brings are to be effectively countered.
 
Across disparate areas, expert opinion has confirmed everyone needs to be more active and to start considering how Climate Chnage may affect them. The Continuity Forum has developed relationships with government and academia, investigating the contribution our professions expertise can make to this challenge.
 
What has become clear over this time is that there are very few people in better positions to understand the risks and consequences to organisations and communities than the BC and Risk Management Communities. Whether its Flooding or Drought, Supply Chain disruption or Fire, even natural disasters, our sectors have real experience of how to cope more effectively.  Moreover, with the changing landscape and profile of Business Continuity and Risk Management across the world the time is now right to seek positive engagement on how we can help deliver cost-effective, viable and sustainable solutions. 
 

FREE ISO 22301 WEBINARS - dates now available to book

 
We are now accepting bookings for our public Webinars covering the new Standard for Business Continuity, ISO 22301.
 
These sessions are being provided free of charge. Initially we are providing four sessions to cover the worlds different time zones.
 
The first public session will commence at 09:30am GMT on Wednesday 30th May 2012 and be followed later that day withthe second starting at 16:30.
 
The next session will be held on Wednesday 6th June at 16:30
pm (GMT) and the fourth a week later on Wednesday 13th June at 09:30am (GMT).
 

ISO 22301 Business Continuity Standard published

 
BSI Shop - ISO 22301 purchase and download The new international standard ISO 22301 for Business Continuity has now been published and can be purchased and immediately downloaded from the BSI Shop HERE.
 
This ISO standard builds on one of the most successful management standards ever created by the BSI, BS 25999 that delivered both the guidance and requirements aspects needed to create Continuity and Build resilience. 
 
ISO 22301 is the requirements specification that sets out the details that should feature in your business continuity management programme to achieve recognised good practice. The associated guidance documents, ISO 22313, are currently in draft production and will be available later in the year or in early 2013.
 
For those who have already implementated or aligned with the leading national standards (such as BS 25999, the US version BCM.01 from ASIS and the BSI or SPC.01 the general framework for example) the general approach by the ISO will appear very familiar.
 
Most organisations will be able to effect a 'relatively' straightforward transition to ISO 22301- through a transition period - with most of the work being concentrated on the development of the BCMS process documentation.
 

ISO 22301 Event Managing the Transition from BS 25999

 
 
 
 
UPDATE - Partner sessions are now available please contact us to arrange your organisations personal brieifing on ISO 22301.
 
Due to demand we are commencing our public sessions w/c 21st May
 
If you have registered already we will shortly be sending your dates and the registration details 
 
With the publication of ISO 22301 in Mid May we know there are going to be lot of questions. Consequently, we have decided to to run both Breakfast Briefings and Webinars in June and July to outline the likely issues and how organisations can start to plan their transition to the new ISO Standard.  
 
We cannot yet confirm the exact dates, but are offering you the chance to pre-register for these events now as we expect demand to be high.
 
We are running four Webinar sessions starting on 30th May and are expecting to run the Breakfast Briefings during the fourth week of June and into early July. Venues are likley to be in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh. 
 
To BOOK for the online webinars please use the links above and to register register your interest in any of the Breakfast Briefings please email us here!
 
If you would like to know more immediately or find out how your organisation can get involved please call us on + 44 208 993 1599.
 

ISO Business Continuity Standard 22301 to replace BS 25999-2

 
BSI Business Continuity The BSI has confirmed that the new International Standard for Business Continuity - ISO 22301 Societal Security Business Continuity Management Systems  Requirements - will be officially published in mid May.
 
We expect that copies will be available for purchase from around the 15th May from this official link.  
 
With the publication of ISO 22301 it is expected that many countries around the world will formally adopt the International Standards Organization Standard for Business Continuity, enabling much greater international consistency to be realised between national requirements and better meeting the needs of global organizations.
 
In addition, as part of the ISO framework of standards, the new format helps create opportunities to manage what have often been independent systems in a more integrated way through common terms and processes. This should assist in better embedding of the various management systems available from ISO within organisations. 
 

3PQ wins Business Continuity award

 
Business Continuity initiative wins industry recognition The 3PQ project team has won the Best Contribution to the Business Continuity Profession prize at the annual BANG Business Continuity Awards recently held in London.
 
 
3PQ is a free resource designed to deliver practical help to those in involved in managing Business Continuity in the Supply Chain. It provides a structured framework of questions that help establish the BCM capability and priorities that is both consistent and adaptable to a wide range of organisations. 3PQ stands for Third Party Questionnaire.   
 
Gayle Hedgecock, Chair of the 3PQ committee commented at the awards “We are pleased to see that the 3PQ has been focused upon once again and that the team’s work has now been recognised with this prestigious award. Now is the right time for organisations to fully embrace this questionnaire and to review the Business Continuity Management (BCM) capability of their supply chain, as part of their preparedness for the London 2012 Olympics, any unusual events and for day-to-day operations.”
 
Vice-Chair of the committee Sara McKenna added "People need a wide range of tools to deliver effective BCM. With the 3PQ they have an easy, yet capable resource that can immediately help identify problems and build Continuity and Resilience in a difficult area. By making it free to use there really is no excuse for not addressing the supply chain risk with a bit more rigour."
 
The 3PQ project team deserves mention and big thank you should go to: Natalie Cooper, Robin Dunford-Green, Matt Innerd, Colin Ive, Roger Jarvis, Sharad Karia, Simon Maddox, John Robinson, Bob Simpson, Andy Tomkinson,, Bill May, Nestor Alfonzo Santamaria and Steve Yates. 
 
After six months in the wild and over 13,000 downloads the first review of the Questionnaire is currently being planned.
 
You can download and provide your feedback on this industry award winning initiative by visiting the 3PQ Project Page.
 
The awards night brought another prize for the Continuity Forum with Russell Price winning the Rocket Science award (we don't what it means either!) and Sara missed out by the finest of margins in the tighest vote of the night for the most helpful person in the industry award ... probably as she was just too busy to vote! 
 

 

 
  

BSIA highlights importance of standards in protecting data

 
With the average data breach costing UK firms around £1.9m annually*, and the new European data privacy framework asking for greater commitment from businesses on the way they handle data security, the British Security Industry Association's (BSIA) Information Destruction section is urging end users to understand how compliance with relevant industry standards can actively guarantee an improved level of protection against data breaches.
 

Phoenix gets disaster struck firms up and running within two hours

 
Phoenix Re:Cover Businesses that suffer a major disaster could be fully up and running in new premises within just two hours, thanks to a new simplified Business Continuity service from Phoenix.
 
Phoenix Re:Cover is a comprehensive Business Continuity (BC) package that includes disaster planning assessment, annual rehearsal days, emergency offices, replacement servers and internet and secure data backup. 
 

London Businesses Undertake Unprecedented 'Stress Test' Ahead of the Olympics

 
For the first time ever, businesses across London are coming together to undertake the Capital’s largest co-ordinated test of IT, telecommunications and transport requirements. 
 
The ‘Stress Test’, scheduled for 8 and 9 May 2012, aims to simulate conditions during the London 2012 Games later in the summer, when many businesses will employ alternative working arrangements such as flexible hours to alleviate disruption to their operations. 
 

ISO Call for Comments DIS 22313 Guidance for Business Continuity

The International Standards Organisation open consultation stage for ISO 22313 is still open and gives you the opportunity to review and comment on the draft public version of the standard. ISO 22313 provides the guidance relating to Business Continuity and ISO 22301 the specification standard.
 
This process is key the development process and represents the Draft International Standard (DIS 22313) is still open though and closes on the 11th of April 2012.
 
Its a great opportunity to review and feedback your comments on the draft version before it moves into the final stages of review and publication. All comments are reviewed and are an important part of the process. Do visit the link below to take part: 
 
THE REVIEW PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED 
 
For more information or advice please do get in touch directly here.
 

* ISO 22301 is the equivalent to BS 25999 part 2 and ISO 22313 to part 1 
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