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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. 
 

Risk & BCM Salary Survey

 
Global Salary Survey | 2014
 
Welcome to our Salary Survey page over the past 15 years the Continuity Forum has 
Business Continuity Global Salary Survey been measuring the pay and compensation of Business Continuity professionals working in the field and we are now launching our 2014 Global Survey.
 
Are you being paid what you are worth? Help us find out by completing the 2011 BCM Global Salary Survey 
 
All responses are of course completely confidentially and can be made anonymously if you wish and the Survey results are made available to all participants at no charge. 
 

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! 
 

 

 
  

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 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 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 

Business Continuity Standard ISO 22301 nears completion

 
The final voting period for ISO FDIS 22301 closes on the 1st of April 2012 and the result will be known soon after that date. All the indications are that the standards is now on track to be formally released in the early summer.  
 
This standard represents the result of a considerable effort spanning more than a decade to bring an effective and consistent standard for Business Continuity across the world. This also marks the start of a period of change for companies who have certified or aligned to the original British Standard - BS 25999. 
 
BS 25999 was the orginal source for the development framework for ISO 22301 and there should not be any significant obstacles to align with the new ISO for most. 
 

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.
 

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.

ISO 22301 Business Continuity Standard moves forward

ISO - International Standards and Business Continuity
 
In November  the member countries of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) have been meeting in Beijing to discuss the proposed ISO for Business Continuity ISO22301. 
 
Earlier in the week doubts had been cast on its future following concerns expressed by a number of countries that the development of an Organizational Resilience Standard had the potential to adversely impact on the consistency and application of both Standards.
 

EON achieves Business Continuity BS25999 certification again

 
Last year Continuity Forum reported on E.ON UK’s accomplishment in achieving BS25999-2 certification across its Business services, with no non-conformities found
 
Recently, following a Continuing Assessment surveillance visit by BSI auditors, E.ON UK has been successful in maintaining its Business Continuity certification - again with no non-conformities found. 
 

London Cyber Conference ends, but what next?

 
Business Continuity Forum opinion
London Cyber Conference
2011 
 
 
Over two days the London Cyber Conference 2011 delivered a truly international focal point to examine how our digital world is developing and share what needs to be done to keep the benefits, but remove some of the risks.  
 
With over 700 people from 60 countries there really was a global presence and the issues discussed in the plenary and private sessions clearly communicated the breadth of the challenges being faced in cyberspace.
 

Foreign Secretary William Hague addresses the London Conference on Cyberspace

 
Delegates from around the world gathered in London to debate Cyberspace and its role in the modern world.  The benefits of the 'Net' has helped drive an estimated 21% growth in the economies of countries over the past decade and the newest start-up can now be global at the click of a button.
 
Internet Communications has been revolutionised around the world and has contributed to the developed of vast social networks that cross borders, cultures and interests.  There are now over two billion regular users of the Internet and this is continuing to grow and become ever more mobile as smart devices continue evolve placing the digital world in our hands wherever we are. 
 
With all the opportunities the Net has been a powerful part of the development of communities and business, but there is a darker side.
 

Understanding Cyber attack - a short film

This short video from the BBC looks at the threat of cyber attack and how measures need to be more widely developed to address the threats.

The London Cyberspace Conference

 
International leaders from government and business are meeting in London to discuss cyberspace and how to manage its risks. The UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, will welcomes participants form around the world including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, and Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia.
 
Criminals are exploiting the growth of cyberspace. They are using it to extort money, steal identities, ideas and designs, defraud government departments and businesses, as well as exploit the most vulnerable in our societies, particularly children. The annual cost of cyber crime to the global economy could be as much as $1 trillion.
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