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BS25999-compliant business continuity plan enhances organisations’ cyber resilience

02/01/2012

IT Governance Ltd, the global leader in BS25999 books, tools, training and consultancy, is urging organisations to implement a BS25999-compliant business continuity plan in order to ensure that they will be able to recover from disruption caused by unforeseen events. Such events can include natural disasters, IT failure, civil emergencies or cyber crime.

Studies show that 80% of organisations with a tried and tested business continuity plan are likely to survive a major business discontinuity; only 20% of those without a business continuity plan are likely to survive. On the other hand, over 90% of organisations that suffer a significant data loss are not in business two years late. This indicates that many organisations existing plans are not comprehensive and that maintenance (testing and updating) is generally inadequate.

Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance, says, “Organisations must understand that ‘backup’ is not the same as a business continuity plan. Business continuity and disaster recovery are two issues that should be specifically addressed. A good business continuity plan rehearses response to all identified and likely operational disruptions.  Business resilience planning is an overarching governance and risk management responsibility. Boards have to plan further ahead than simply identifying likely operational disruptions.”

BS25999 is the best practice standard for business continuity plans and every organisation should, for its own survival, follow as much of the BS25999 guidance as is appropriate for its specific circumstances. It supports chapter 14 of ISO/IEC 27002, which deals extensively with the information security aspects of business continuity planning.

The best way to improve cyber resilience of your company is to implement a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) aligned with BS25999. There are specialist resources available that can help organisations reduce the room for error and avoid the need for re-inventing wheels.

The BS25999 BCMS Implementation Toolkit has been designed to enable organisations to quickly and effectively implement a business continuity management system (BCMS) in line with BS25999. It contains all the templates and tools to enable organisations to produce their own tailored versions of all these essential documents. This toolkit comes with an inbuilt 12-month support and upgrade contract, which ensures that buyers benefit from all improvements to the toolkit for 12 months.

Organisations which buy the toolkit before 23rd December will receive the ICT Strategy Toolkit free. The ICT Strategy Toolkit will guide any organisation through the process of creating an ICT strategy, helping it drive down costs and control risk within an ICT environment.

Organisations can purchase the BS25999 BCMS Implementation Toolkit here: www.itgovernance.co.uk/shop/product/iso-22301-business-continuity-management-system-bcms-implementation-toolkit. Orders can also be made directly with the friendly, helpful IT Governance service centre team on telephone number +44 (0)845 070 1750. Larger organisations can make purchases with a purchase order, either by telephone, or by e-mail to servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk.