bcms

Business Continuity is the term now given to mean the strategies and planning by which an organization prepares to respond to catastrophic events such as fires, floods, cyber-attacks, or more common human errors and accidents

Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) puts such a program in the context of an ISO Management Systems, and ISO 22301:2012 sets a certifiable standard for a BCMS. It is the first and most recognized international standard for business continuity.

Several other standards, particularly BS 25999 have had wide international acceptance, however, they are now largely supplanted by ISO 22301.
The obvious benefits to an organization having a robust, mature business continuity program have been outlined in this Newsletter previously (April, 2015). They center on being able to respond to disruptions so an organization stays in business and meets its obligations and commitments to all stakeholders.
However, there are additional ways that an organization can benefit from adhering to a business continuity standard, particularly ISO 22301. These benefits can accrue from obtaining certification to the Standard, and also from formally aligning to the Standard without actual certification.
For more on additional benefits: So, why should you care about 22301?

Steps in ISO 22301 implementation are the following:
1. Obtain management support
2. Identify all applicable requirements
3. Develop top-level Business Continuity Policy and objectives
4. Write documents that support the management system
5. Perform risk assessment and treatment
6. Perform business impact analysis
7. Develop business continuity strategy
8. Write the business continuity plan(s)
9. Implement training and awareness programs
10. Maintain the documentation
11. Perform exercising and testing
12. Perform post-incident reviews
13. Communicate continuously with the interested parties
14. Measure and evaluate the BCMS
15. Perform internal audit
16. Implement all the necessary corrective and preventive actions, and
17. Perform the management review