ISO22301

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.
 
 

Video - Business Continuity Implementation and certification to ISO 22301

The session is part of the Continuity Forum webinar series and was first broadcast in September 2012.

Hilary Estall of Perpetual Solutions is our guest for the session and she outlines how the migration can be more easily made from other standards such as BS 25999-2 to the new ISO and what the auditor is likely to focus on when assessing your system.

This video is approximately 48 minutes long.

 

Business Continuity Standard ISO 22301 Implementation and Certification Webcasts - FREE

 
Your guide to Business Continuity Certification to ISO 22301
FREE WEBCASTS ON IMPLEMENTATION and CERTIFICATION to ISO 22301
 
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!
 
Following on from the Continuity Forum Webcasts in May, June and July we are adding four more sessions starting in late August and through September covering the next steps for organisations. We are now taking bookings and places will be limited so prompt action is recommended.
 

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.  
 

Business Continuity - BS 25999, ISO 22301 and ISO 22313

 
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In May 2012, the International Standardization Organization (ISO) published ISO 22301 – Business continuity management systems – Requirements.  Although this standard was long in the making the response has been very positive - and with the promise of ISO 22313 – Business continuity management – Guidance – before the end of this year, it seems it was worth the wait.  
 
ISO 22301 blends the requirements from several national standards, including those from the USA, Japan, Singapore, Canada and Australia.  The similarity with BS 25999-2, however, is most evident.  A comparison of the BS and ISO standards reveals little difference in the requirements.  And in Clause 8 of the ISO, where the business continuity programme requirements reside, the text is identical in many places.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Partner Briefings on ISO 22301 commence

 
We have now started the Partner Briefing sessions for ISO 22301 using our new FUZE Meeting service
 
Partner briefings can be arranged for individuals or groups of up to 25 staff initially. Larger sessions will follow shortly.
 
Continuity Forum Webinar and Briefing ServicesThe opening briefings will look at the background to ISO 22301 and the likely options for transition to the new standard and will help organisations understand how they may be affected.
 
In addition to the live sesions, we can provide organisation focused and branded versions for internal use or run sessions on behalf of companies to engage with their internal teams, customers or other stakeholders. Sessions can be recorded for reuse. 
 

ISO Business Continuity Standard 22301 approved

 
The ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System (Requirements) Standard has been approved by vote this week by the ISO Technical Committee (TC223).
 
Through this vote the way is now clear for the full publication of the Standard that we would expect to be available for purchase from the BSI and others in the early summer. 
 
Users of the British Standard BS 25999 will continue to be certified, at least until the expiration date, but is is likely that many will choose to adopt this the new Global Standard. 
 

ISO 22301 ... Business Continuity, Red Tape and Seat belts

 
ISO22301 Business ContinuityThere has been some fairly active discussion on a few of the industry forums recently about how standards such as BS25999 and ISO22301 are being seen as potentially even more 'red tape' by many businesses and SME companies in particular.
 
A key comment made was that many smaller organisations are under tremendous pressure at the moment, with more loaded on them by adding Business Continuity to the mix through the new ISO. It was summed up by the title … "It's unlikely that SME's will welcome the new standard with open arms".  
 
While I have great sympathy with the position taken about the plethora of regulations, legislation and other seemingly nonsense GUMPF* that surrounds us and eats away our time, I confess unsurprisingly though it's very hard to agree this is at all valid when it comes to Business Continuity.
 
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