BS 25999 / ISO 22301:2012 -Business Continuity Management System


A Standard approach to BS 25999 - Business Continuity Management (BCM) has been mooted & suggested for decades. This was a British Standard published by BSI (British Standards Institution). It was withdrawn following the publication of International Standards - ISO 22301:2012. 

Societal Security Context

ISO 22301 has been developed by ISO/TC 223 Societal Security. The technical committee developed standards for the protection of society from, and in response to, incidents, emergencies, and disasters caused by intentional & unintentional human acts, natural hazards, 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 involves all interested parties from public and private sectors.

ISO 22301 is the second published management system standard that has adopted the new high level structure and standardized text agreed in ISO. This will ensure consistency with all future and revised management system standards and make integrated use easier with example ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environmental) and ISO/ IEC 27001 (information technology) standards. 

ISO 22301 emphasizes the need for well defined incident response structure. This ensures when incident occurs, response are escalated in a timely manner and people are empowered to take necessary actions to be effective. Life safety is emphasized and a particular point is made that the organisation must communicate with external parties who may be effected, for instance if an incident poses a noxious or explosive risk to the surrounding public areas.  


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