In the leadup to the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Lynnda Nelson, President of ICOR, discusses “soft” business continuity issues, why risk management is not a panacea and the business continuity-themed supergroup: Strapperjack!
ICOR's BCM 5000 course provides students with the skills and knowledge to conduct and lead effective business continuity management system audits in accordance with the requirements of the standards.
In 1991, the Oceanos cruise ship, carrying 571 passengers and crew, sank in the Indian Ocean off South Africa. The first people to abandon ship were the captain, his senior officers and most of the crew. So who was in command? The tour director. Her emergency team? The band that had been playing for passengers.
Business continuity certification requires management commitment and support, a strong business case, personnel time, and financial resources in order to achieve success and deliver long-term value, so it’s important to research up front whether certification makes business sense for and would be successful within your organization.
At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference, Mike Keating, VP of BCM at Reinsurance Group of America, explains that the value of ISO 22301 for his organization is not in certification but in the common language it provides business continuity professionals around the world. ICOR's Lynnda Nelson compares BS 25999 to ISO 22301, highlighting the changes to terminology such as MTPoD.
The process for obtaining PS-Prep certification is now established and companies are working to determine their readiness for a PS-Prep third-party audit. The first step in determining readiness is to identify the standard to which your organization should become certified. ICOR's Lynnda Nelson gives a side-by-side comparison of the three standards at the ehart of PS-Prep and provides background information designed to help organizations choose the most appropriate standard.
Brian Zawada, member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 223, discusses the soon-to-be released ISO 22301 standard: Societal security -- Business continuity management systems --- Requirements. Among the topics discussed is the standard's compatibility with current standards such as BS 25999 and programs such as PS-Prep.
2009 offered a number of developments and lessons learned that impacted (and continue to influence the work performed by) business continuity professionals. After polling a number of professionals and reflecting on the presentations, articles and perspectives offered throughout the year at various conferences and in journals, I would like to nominate five developments or lessons learned as the "Top 5 of 2009." Interestingly, it seems to me that each also points to the maturity of our profession as it becomes strategic as well as tactical.
At the heart of the issue is a new business continuity standard proposed in late July by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International. ASIS announced that it will “initiate development” of a “Business Continuity Management American National Standard” that will “include auditable criteria for preparedness, crisis management, business and operational continuity and disaster management.”