BSI publishes European technical specification focused on crisis management

BSI, the business standards company, has published a new European technical specification, PD CEN/TS 17091:2018 Crisis Management, to provide organisations with good practice on how to prepare for, anticipate, respond to and recover from a crisis event.

The ability of an organisation to manage a crisis situation depends on its preparation. As a crisis usually occurs unexpectedly and potential risks to the business loom heavy, the readiness of an up-to-date crisis management plan offers protection and can limit potential damage.

This new technical specification acknowledges a difference between incidents, disruptions and crises. It highlights the definition of a crisis and the particular challenges it poses. As crises are often dynamic, unpredictable and difficult to manage, they may require dedicated resources and management.

Anne Hayes, head of governance and resilience at BSI, said: “We define a crisis as any unprecedented or extraordinary situation or event that threatens an organisation. As a crisis can threaten the reputation and even the very existence of an organisation, it’s imperative to put appropriate measures in place in advance of needing to call upon them. Failure to do so might provide a very costly lesson, whereas with the proper preparation and readiness the situation can be controlled and recovered. We urge all organisations, of any size across both the public and also in the private sector, to take their preparations seriously and act to avoid disaster.”

Anne Hayes

Anne Hayes

PD CEN/TS 17091 Crisis Management is a useful tool for management with strategic, risk and continuity responsibility for ensuring their organisation has plans in place to prepare for and react to a crisis situation. Building upon the content of its predecessors, BS 11200 and PAS 200, it’s not intended for emergency and incident response.

More information on PD CEN/TS 17091 Crisis Management can be found at:

*The guidance document on crisis management will be officially launched on Tuesday 11 December 2018 in partnership with Deloitte. The launch event takes place at Deloitte, 2 New Street Square, London EC4A 3PA. Decision-makers operational in the key areas of business resilience, risk management, business continuity and crisis and emergency management will be in attendance

**To register your interest in attending, use the following link:

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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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