Axis Security achieves third international management standard with ISO 22301 certification

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.

David Mundell: managing director of Axis Security

David Mundell: managing director of Axis Security

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.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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