Bushfires in Australia cause organisations to review their business continuity plans

With the bushfires in Australia affecting large areas of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, businesses attempting to get back up and running are being faced with destruction, prohibiting the ability to function.

Geographic, infrastructure and human factors all influence the ability of a business to operate effectively.

Does your organisation operate out of one site?

Are your systems/machinery/assets kept on site, not backed up externally or spread over multiple sites?

You can begin to see the picture I’m painting and if the picture in your mind isn’t so pretty then it’s time to start making changes. Implementing a Business Continuity Plan is easier than you might think and it will help you and your business function in light of an event that challenges your business continuity.

A Business Continuity Plan ensures that key business processes can continue to deliver the minimum required levels of performance if an external disruption occurs. ISO 22301 is currently the world’s leading best practice standard for business continuity plans and every organisation should, for its own survival, follow as much of the ISO 22301 guidance as is appropriate for its specific circumstances. ISO 22301 supports chapter 14 of ISO/IEC 27002:2005 which deals extensively with the information security aspects of business continuity planning. ISO 22301 is a two part standard: a Specification and a Code of Practice.

The ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management scheme will enable an organisation to have its Business Continuity Plan externally audited, assessed and, if the requirements of the scheme are met, then an accredited certificate can be issued.

Through www.itgovernance.asia  you can get copies of the standard, as well as a ISO 22301 Implementation Manual and an ISO 22301 BCM Toolkit to help implement an ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System.