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Climate Adaptation work accelerates

Risk and Business Continuity can play a part in managing global impact of climate change
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Update March 2013...
 
 
UPDATE February 2013 ... new events
 
Climate Adaptation Project 
 
Over the past few weeks the Continuity Forum has been busy talking with Risk and BCM professionals on the role of the professions in helping mitigate and more broadly manage the impact of climate change.
 
In a series of industry discussions held in London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester and Coventy we have been challenging our ideas and concepts and reality checking the Climate Adaptation Project (CAP) with the people in the front line responsible for Risk and Business Continuity Mangement.   
 

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.
 

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.

Business Continuity for Dummies launched by Cabinet Office and Wiley publishing

The popular yellow cover Dummies Guides from Wiley adds a new title to the series today focusing on  Business Continuity. The Dummies Guide to Business Continuity has been published with support from the Cabinet Office especially to help support the 4.5 million small and medium sized enterprises in the UK  understand, quickly apply and gain the benefits of good Business Continuity practices.
 
SMEs matter and are vital in supporting their local communities cope with disasters and that’s why the government ensured that the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) committed to help SMEs improve their resilience to civil emergencies.  In partnership with the private sector, including the Continuity Forum and with sponsorship from the BCI and EPS, this new Dummies Guide aims to provide easy access to expert advice to help them prepare and cope with disruption of all kinds.

UK businesses should seek insurance against cyberattacks

 

"Senior managers in UK business should pay greater attention to the threat of cyber attacks, establish what the cost of such an incident would be to their firms and insure against it." 
 
 
Thats the view of Technology law specialist Luke Scanlon of the law firm Pinsent Masons.
 

Japan To Form Cyberdefense Unit

 
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The Ministry of Defense is moving to assemble a team to protect the nation's computer systems against organized attacks by international hackers.
 
Japans actions follow continued growth in the threat of organised attacks and the action taken by other countries around the world.
 

Cyber Risk Insurance Forum campaign launched

 
CYBER RISK INSURANCE FORUM starts work 
 
Link to Cyber Risk Insurance Forum  The Cyber Risk Insurance Forum (CRIF), the group established to develop a security framework for companies taking out cyber insurance, has held its inaugural meeting, expanding its membership and developing two lines of focus for its on-going campaign.
 
Global information assurance firm NCC Group, with Liberty International Underwriters (LIU), Zurich Insurance, CNA Europe and Oval, established the group earlier this year under the Cyber Insurance Working Group title.
 
The founding members have now increased to include Thales, Continuity Forum, ACE Insurance and Hill & Knowlton, bringing together a broader spectrum of thought leaders.
 
CRIF Chairman, Daljitt Barn said: “Cyber insurance doesn’t mitigate the risk of suffering a cyber attack in itself, but if combined with cyber risk best practice, it will. Driving development of those guidelines depends on making organisations aware of the risks that they face.”
 
The Cyber Risk Insurance Forum seeks to develop a framework of recommended information security practices and policies to support the uptake of cyber insurance, protecting insurers and businesses alike.
 
The name change was implemented following the group’s first meeting, as part of a concerted focus on risk mitigation. 
 
Matthew Hogg of LIU, a founding Member of CRIF explains: “We realise from our discussions with industry that a two-pronged attack is necessary to drive our campaign forward." 
 

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.
 

ASIS to develop Supply Chain Risk Management Standard

 
ASIS International ASIS, the International group for Security Professionals, founded in 1955 and based in Virginia in the US, has started work on a new Guidance Standard for Supply Chain Risk Management with the first Technical Committee meeting held this week with Russell Price is representing the Continuity Forum.   
 
This new project addressing Supply Chain Risk comes at an opportune time hot on the heels of ISO 22301 and when completed, hopes to provides a framework for collecting, developing, and implementing best practices for supply chain risk management (SCRM).
 
The SRCM Standard is intended to be primarily a practitioner's guide and will help connect many of the diverse processes that span Business Continuity and Risk Management. The final guidance when released will provide specific good practice guidelines that can be included or adapted to fit organizations needs as well as outlining possible approaches across a range of scenarios for an organization to consider, including examples of tools other organizations have used.
 
Whilst there is a current Standard (ISO 28000:2007) many feel more support is needed to support the development of more effective Supply Chain Risk, Resilience and Continuity Management and we hope this SCRM project will add substantial to the thinking and practices used across the relevant sectors and markets.  
 
 
 
 
If you would like to know more about our work in this area or if you have suggestions for key areas that need to be included in the Guidance please do get in touch HERE
 

 

 

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.

 

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.
 

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.
 
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