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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: 
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 

Extreme Weather and Technology failure top the BCM event list

This years CMI Business Continuity Survey is available for download below and this year shows just how challenging 2011 was for organisations.
Overall the report details some interesting changes and reflects on the effects of the more social disruption and its effects than previous years surveys. 
Heading the list of incidents again was the winter weather That stuck hard nearly 30% of respondents  causing major disruption and impact of the snow and cold weather affected an additional 52% of the sample who report minor impacts on operations (82% total). This is the second year in a row that weather has been more problematic than IT issues that still hit 39% of organisations over the year up 5% on the previous survey.

Matom MD appointed to BSI Standards Committee for CBR

Mr Matt Tuck, Managing Director of Matom Ltd, has been appointed to represent both the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) and the Continuity Forum at the British Standards Institute (BSI) as part of the Societal Security Management Committee (SSM/1).
Under the direction of the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee, this committee is responsible for being the focal point for the development of standards for societal security in the UK and to monitor and mirror the work of ISO TC 223 - Societal Security, and CEN/BT WG 161- Protection and Security of the Citizen, and other appropriate relevant national and international bodies.
Matt will be contributing to work commencing on the CEN standard for CBRN - Education, Testing and Exercising that will reach across all European Countries (EU). This project has been initiated by the CATCH consortium, short for CBRN Advanced Training Curriculum The Hague. The CATCH project intends to develop certified training for the European market that will address all requirements and aims at meeting the demand for specifications for the education, training and exercising of first responders to CBRN incidents. 
Mr Tuck has 23 years experience in radiological protection in the nuclear industry and hazmat fields. He has been involved in operations, technical support, consultancy, and management for a number of international companies before joining Matom as Managing Director.
Russell Price, Chairman of the Continuity Forum, comments "it is vital that we constantly update the expertise and skills within Standards Committees cross the BSI and ISO to esure the resulting work is effective."
"We are delighted that Matt is joining SSM/1 adding his considerable expertise to the CBRN Exercise, Training and Testing project underway at CEN.  I am sure both the UK and European Committees will benefit considerably from his extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with the complexities and challenges faced in the CBRN arena."
For more information please contact Matom directly:
Phone: +44 (0) 1286 881801
Matom - Counter Terrorism Solutions and Business Continuity Solutions



Human Aspects of Business Continuity - Free Event 29th March

The Human Aspects of Business Continuity - 29th March 2012
A special full day seminar from the Continuity Forum and DSM 
being held on 29th March in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
When a crisis hits an organisation, the Business Continuity focus is often placed on the physical recovery of infrastructure and the restart and protection of critical processes.  Its a stressfull business and to achieve this effectively you need your team to be in tip top shape, yet crises can come in many flavours that frequently cause real issues for the people you are counting on. How they react and cope is vital to your recovery!  
Understanding how the Human Factors in crisis interact with your management planning is key to ensure your organisation gets back to work quickly and effectively.

Phoenix and ICM Business Continuity unite Under Single Brand

ICM and Phoenix brands merge ICM Business Continuity and Phoenix brands to merge and deliver customer centric solutions for both partners and end-users
Phoenix, one of the leading providers of hosting, cloud and managed IT services in the UK, has today unified into a single integrated entity bringing together the strengths of both the ICM and Phoenix IT Services brands under one name – Phoenix.

ICM builds resilient Cloud for Honda in two year deal

ICM and Honda sign 2 year deal for Cloud ServicesHonda (UK) has signed a two-year deal with ICM to move its website into a public cloud environment. Previously hosted by another provider via a private cloud, the new platform will save the manufacturer running costs, whilst ensuring 24/7 website availability.

ICM wins expanded Recovery contract with Experian

ICM Business Continuity Services
Experian now has more than 300 work area recovery seats at ICM’s Nottingham centre for both call centre and back office staff.
Edward Sherley-Price, Head of Business Continuity at Experian, explains: "The location of ICM’s work area recovery centre is ideal for us. Should our offices become unavailable, the centre is on a city tram stop, near a motorway junction and has plenty of parking. It means that our staff can carry on work without disruption and get there in the usual way that they commute."

Business Continuity Basics Foundation Workshop - 14th Feb - Central London

Business Continuity Basics Are you on the right track?
Business Continuity - Workshop
14th Febuary 2012 - London EC4 
Booking is now closed 
Please contact us directly for the details of the next session. 
The Continuity Forum invites you to a specially built workshop event designed to get your planning off to the right start and ensure your planning delivers real value.
Through the day we break down Business Continuity Management into a series of easily manageable chunks that help you apply the lessons learned quickly and easily within your organisation.

Kuwait Business Continuity event focuses on regional development

Kuwait December 7, 2011. 
Business Continuity continued its development in the Middle East with the first Kuwait Forum event held at the Swiss-Belhotel Plaza on 30th November. 
Over 70 professionals from different organizations from the Financial, Manufacturing, Trading and Oil and gas sectors attended.

Our monthly Charities ...

 Some of the sharper eyed amongst you will have noticed that pretty recently we have added a new feature to the Business Continuity Forum Website. Its up there in the top right hand corner ... our monthly charity.
The Continuity, Emergency and Security aspects of industry have a close involvement and understanding of what can go wrong and how lives can be ruined through a myriad of causes. Many of us have witnessed first hand some of the terrible things that do happen in this world. 

Shadow Planner 4.2 release adds communication dimensions

ICM today announces Shadow-Planner 4.2 which, for the first time, will allow an organisation’s Business Continuity coordinator to initiate real-time two-way communication directly with relevant staff via email, or SMS during an incident. 
Coordinators will now have access to the complete functionality of Shadow-Planner while on the move via the Blackberry PlayBook tablet, and can synchronise BC Plans and contact information directly onto their Blackberry Smartphone. These innovations mean that coordinators are no longer tied to their desk and can immediately access critical information and pre-approved BC plans, wherever they are, saving precious time and minimising the impact of a crisis. 

Business Continuity Veteran Joins MIR3

Pickren’s BC/DR Expertise Allows MIR3 to Offer Expanded Consultative Offerings and Strategic Support
SAN DIEGO (July 21, 2011)—MIR3, the innovator of real-time Intelligent Notification™ and response technology, announced today that Ann Pickren has joined the company as vice president of solutions, effective immediately. This new role enhances the level of strategic and consultative service MIR3 can provide to its growing base of customers.

ICM shares data on the causes of BCM plan invocation

ICM Business Continuity has released figures showing the causes of customer invocations from January through to June 2011. 
Out of 58 events 42 where related to hardware with 15 attributed to other causes including seven down to power issues and two instances each of Flooding, Fire and Data Corruption. There was even one denial of Access event.

Business Continuity Lead Auditor Course Special Offer

We are pleased to be able to offer you access to the BSI's BS 25999 Lead Auditor at a massive saving of well over £1000!  
The 5 day course will be run in central Manchester commencing on the following dates - 
6 June 2011 (2 places left @ £1000 + VAT)
18 July 2011 (£1100 + VAT)
 Refreshments and lunch included.  
The BSI advertised rate of circa £2300 per delegate however I can offer the course at significant discount rate per delegate (rate negotiable for multiple bookings). 

Business Continuity Awards - 2011

The CIR Business Continuity awards dinner was held last night at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel. 
The winners were:
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