Axis Security, one of the UK’s leading security services suppliers, has been internationally recognised for its ability to proactively manage risks and mitigate threats that would otherwise disrupt critical business activity with the award of ISO 22301 for business continuity from the International Standards Organisation (ISO).
This particular ISO accreditation specifies the requirements for a given business’ management system to protect against anticipated and unanticipated events – including adverse weather, employee strikes or blackouts – by ensuring that it can continue to operate under such conditions. This also includes suitable business protection from ever-present security threats.
In addition, the award of ISO 22301 fulfils Axis Security’s vision of creating a robust and duly accredited contingency methodology that nullifies or minimises any potential effect on its clients.
The full name of this standard is ISO 22301:2012 Societal Security – Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements. It has been written by leading business continuity experts and provides the best framework for managing business continuity in an organisation.
One of the features that differentiates this standard from other business continuity frameworks/standards is that an organisation can become certified by an accredited certification body, and will therefore be able to prove its compliance to customers, business partners, owners and other key stakeholders alike.
ISO 22301 was developed by ISO TC 223. This Technical Committee develops standards for the protection of society from – and in response to – incidents, emergencies and disasters caused by intentional and unintentional human acts, natural hazards and technical failures. Its ‘all hazards’ perspective covers adaptive, proactive and reactive strategies in all phases before, during and after a disruptive incident. The area of societal security is multi-disciplinary and, of course, involves actors from both the public and private sectors.
David Mundell, managing director of Axis Security, believes ISO 22301 is becoming an important requirement. “Customers are asking for ISO accreditation in tenders,” urged Mundell, “while a number of industry sectors including healthcare and financial services require business continuity planning. Having the accreditation sends a clear message to both existing and potential clients that we have a resilient business. With the auditor emphasising our proactive approach towards mitigating risks, we’re demonstrating that we have an effective response mechanism in place.”
ISO 22301 accreditation follows on from Axis Security being awarded approvals for ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems.