With the ever-present threat of cyber crime, your organisation can’t afford to be lax about cyber security. This doesn’t just entail using the latest technological defences and enrolling your staff on awareness courses. You also need to be prepared for when disaster strikes.
The increasing number of cyber criminals and the evolution in their tactics mean attacks are inevitable. If you think you’re unlikely to be targeted, or that you can successfully defend against every attack, you’re making a big mistake. Cyber criminals target everyone, from multinationals to the restaurant across the road – and with enough attempts, they will be successful.
It’s therefore imperative that you create a BCMS (business continuity management system), a framework that helps minimise the damage from a successful attack, enabling your organisation to continue operating during a disruption.
How business continuity helps
A BCMS is essentially a form of insurance. It gives organisations the comfort of knowing that, even if the worst does happen, it won’t be devastating. Without a BCMS, a cyber attack isn’t only a major hassle and a source for reputational damage; it could also lead to extensive delays that may well ultimately doom an organisation to failure.
Implementing a BCMS ensures this won’t happen. It’s a comprehensive approach to organisational resilience that enables organisations to update, control and deploy effective plans, accounting for organisational contingencies and capabilities, as well as business needs.
A BCMS doesn’t only account for cyber attacks – although that will probably be your top priority. It can also be tailored to help organisations prepare for any number of disruptions, including:
- Technological failures: a crashed system, corrupted files, etc.
- Natural disasters: flooding, earthquakes, snowstorms, etc.
- Unintentional breaches: data exposure, a lost USB, etc.
- Infrastructural damage: a burst pipe, electrical fire, power cut, etc.
How to implement a BCMS
ISO 22301 describes the best practices for a BCMS. Following the guidelines outlined in the international standard ensures that your BCMS is created and maintained as effectively as possible.
The first thing you should do when implementing a BCMS is to conduct a gap analysis. This enables you to compare your current setup to the Standard’s requirements, and assess how much work you need to do.
Our ISO 22301 gap analysis service gives you a detailed breakdown of everything you need to know. You’ll receive expert advice on how to adopt a BCMS, and be given an informed assessment of the:
- Proposed scope of your BCMS;
- Internal resource requirements for successfully deploying a BCMS project; and
- Potential timeframe for implementing a BCMS aligned with ISO 22301.