International business continuity management systems standard undergoes revision

The public consultation process for the revision of the international business continuity management systems standard BS EN ISO 22301 DIS Business Continuity Management Systems is open until Tuesday 26 February. ISO has released the official ISO 22301 Draft International Standard (DIS) for public comment. As the UK’s national standards body, the BSI is seeking to consult with continuity and resilience practitioners, managers and other interested parties to participate in the review process which is aimed at improving this hugely successful business continuity management systems standard.

The ability of an organisation to continue operating during and after a disruption has never been more important. That organisation’s business continuity plans are the link to supporting the individuals and teams that will respond to any disruption. This public consultation on ISO 22301 will help to ensure that the standard remains relevant to today’s businesses by providing up-to-date guidance in consistent and simple terms. .

BS EN ISO 22301 DIS Business Continuity Management Systems specifies the requirements to establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve a management system. The aim of this system is to protect against, reduce the likelihood of occurrence, prepare for, respond to and recover from disruptions when and where they arise.

The anticipated benefits of this updated international standard include increasing the capability to:

*inspire trust in a business’ ability to continue operations through a disruption

*protect a given business’ reputation

*respond to legislative requirements

*reduce the cost of disruption

*create a competitive advantage

*contribute towards organisational resilience

Anne Hayes

Anne Hayes

Anne Hayes, head of governance and resilience at the BSI, told Risk Xtra: “The business landscape is constantly changing and, therefore, so must continuity strategies. The solutions required to deal with episodes of disruption need to keep evolving. There’s clearly a dependency between those who implement solutions and those who help in shaping the standard. This is precisely why we’re encouraging everyone to engage and share their feedback on this draft international standard.”

*Experts can register their comments online at:

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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