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The Business Continuity role in adapting to climate change

Environment Agency - Climate Adaptation Last winter heavy rain, storm force winds and large waves combined with high spring tides presented England with unprecedented flooding from the sea, rivers, groundwater and surface water.

Thousands of properties were flooded, infrastructure was damaged and tragically, eight people lost their lives. The full impact of these events has not yet been calculated but we do know that 175,000 businesses in England are at risk of flooding [note1].  

Government sets the bar for Cyber Risk with Cyber Essentials

Cyber essentials scheme Logo Department of Business, Innovation & Skills Minister, Right Hon David Willetts MP, has announced the certification framework for Cyber Essentials, the governments new initiative aimed at creating a minimum expected capability for cyber security.  

HMG announces Cyber Essentials Scheme

 

 

As part of the UK government's long-term strategy to address the increasing threats around cyber risk HMG has announced its Cyber Essentials Scheme.

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

The scheme identifies and focuses on five principal areas that businesses of all types and sizes must consider as "the essential" foundation of their cyber security.

Introducing Standards

This is a short introduction to the world of Standards outlining how they are developed. 

A standard is a document defining best practice, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body (such as BSI, ANSI or ISO). Each standard is kept current through a process of maintenance and review whereby it is updated, revised or withdrawn as necessary.

BSI Organizational Resilience Standard BS 65000 DPC - comment now

BS 65000 Organization Resilience Standard
 
For the past few years one of the BSI committees has been working to develop a guidance standard that can be used by organisations to better direct, inform and support their Organizations and positively impact on its resilience.
 
The Standard known as “BS 65000:2014 Guidance on organizational resilience” has challenged the author group and been through extensive revisions before finally getting to the Public comments stage. 

BIS Cyber Hygiene Profile - CALL FOR REVIEW

BIS CYBER HYGIENE PROFILE DRAFT REVIEW - COMMENTS NEEDEDFeedback is needed from industry on the first draft of the Cyber Hygiene Profile developed by BIS and intended to identify the basic cyber controls that should be present in business.
 
The current draft can be viewed and comments submitted through the BSI’s Draft Review System and the review will close on the 16th March, 2014.

BIS Cyber Risk developments aim to build UK Capacity in SME's

In March 2013, the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills issued a “Call for Views and Evidence”  that built on the commitments made in the 2011 Cyber Security Strategy published by government.

The Call for Evidence focused on the intention of government to encourage the adoption of industry led standards that can be used by organisations to  improve the management of cyber risk. The particular focus of this work stream, that is part of a series of connected developments across business and government, was centred on the needs of SME companies.

National Occupation Standards for Business Continuity - your feedback needed

National Occupation Standards for Business Continuity
 
Since 2011 the Continuity Forum has been working with Skills CFA to develop Business Continuity skills and qualifications for use in the workplace. 
 
We are now conducting a review of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS).
 

Shaping Cyber Risk management for the UK | are you playing your part?

 
Can you help create a framework for Cyber Risk management for the UK?
 
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is looking at how to help business improve its management of Cyber Risk through a process of industry engagement that is trying to identify how standards can be used in this process. 
 

The future for ISO 31000 | TC 262 Risk Management Survey | Standards

 
BSI Home pageISO Home page
The future of ISO 31000
Risk Management
HAVE YOUR SAY

 
We would really like your contribution to the future developemnt of ISO 31000 – Risk management - Principles and guidance and ISO Guide 73 - Risk management- Terminology.  These important ISO guidance documents are currently being considered for revision and the ISO technical committee, TC/262 – Risk Management –responsible for this work and the BSI has established a group to obtain feedback from risk professionals, users of the standards, and other relevant stakeholders.  
 
Your input into this review is very important and will be fed directly into ISO TC/262.
 
We are looking for your thoughts and use of Risk Management standards to help us develop a better understanding of how ISO 31000 can evolve and what aspects could be developed further. 
 
For more details please contact the Continuity Forum here or call Sara McKenna on +44 (0) 208 993 1599
 

Shaping the European Standardisation Roadmap of Crisis Management and Civil Protection

 
(Workshop M/487)
Date: 09 April 2013
Location:City of Edinburgh Council, UK
 
Background
 
The European Commission, pursuing the increase of the global competitiveness of EU security industry while enhancing the security of Europe, has requested the European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) to draft three European standardisation roadmaps in the security sector under action 1 in their Communication on Security Industrial Policy.
 

Risk Management Workshop Series - Edinburgh - London - Bristol

 
Continuity Forum Risk Management workshop series Risk Management Workshop series
 
Edinburgh - London - Bristol
24th January, 14th & 19th February 
 
These Risk Management Workshop sessions form part of the process of review and feedback on the developing nature of Risk Management standards and have been developed by the Continuity Forum and the BSI. 
 
They have been designed to flow together, creating engagement and drawing people into meaningful discussions on key issues surrounding Risk Management Standards and how it connects to other professional disciples that use Risk Management techniques such as Business Continuity, Resilience and Security Management. 
 
In addition, we are seeking to develop insight and support on the potential for Standards based Risk Management to positively contribute to the UK's management of Climate Risk through the National Adaption Programme (NAP).  
 

ISO 22313 GUIDANCE for Business Continuity published (ISO 22301)

 

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Introducing the latest international standard ISO 22313
 
The Guidance for Business Continuity management standard ISO 22301
 
BS ISO 22313 Societal security — Business continuity management systems — Guidance offers global best practice to organizations implementing an effective Business Continuity Management System (BCMS).
 
Acting as the guidance document for ISO 22301, the standard provides a more intuitive framework to those pursuing business continuity best practice. It is a key milestone to support the uptake and implementation of effective BCM worldwide.
Together, these BCM standards seek to support organizations in their on-going challenge to improve business resilience in the face of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather or civil unrest.
 

So you think you're an auditor?

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Why BCM Audit need special consideration You are implementing a business continuity management system (BCMS) for the first time and you discover that one of the requirements is to conduct “internal audits”. What do you do? Who should be the auditor? Do they need to be trained? All valid questions (along with scores of others which you will doubtless ask yourself) which invariably will be rushed through without much thought into what is trying to be achieved (apart from a tick in the BCMS/certification box). 
 
Done well, audits are an excellent way for your business to learn what’s working and what needs to be improved but done badly they soon become robotic and worse, potentially divisive. Internal audits are a requirement of any management system standard so if you are committed to implementing a meaningful BCMS you might as well do it properly from the outset.
 
 

New ISO cybersecurity standard published.

 

This new ISO standard (27032:2012) will help ensure safety of online transactions and personal information exchanged over the Internet, and protect your computer when browsing any Websites.

We nearly all rely on the Internet for all kinds of day to day activity in our business and personal lives, from sharing important work files to paying our bills and cybersecurity has become a key concern for all of us. A new ISO standard, ISO/IEC 27032:2012, Information technology – Security techniques – Guidelines for cybersecurity, will make cyberspace safer.

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