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What is ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management?


ISO 22301 is the international standard for business continuity management, and builds on the success of British Standard BS 25999 and other regional standards. It’s designed to protect your business from potential disruption. This includes extreme weather, fire, flood, natural disaster, theft, IT outage, staff illness or terrorist attack. The ISO 22301 management system lets you identify threats relevant to your business and the critical business functions they could impact. And it allows you to put plans in place ahead of time to ensure your business doesn’t come to a standstill. 

What Constitutes a true business continuity management system (BCMS)?


BCMS is the organizations' capability to respond post a crisis within a pre-determined response time. BCMS is not how you prevented crisis but more importantly what you will do post crisis. Crisis can be described in several outage scenarios but chiefly they can combine people outage or unavailability, physical site, communication or technology, and/or vendor unavailability. Setting up BCMS involves understanding business and its requirement for recovery expressed in unit of time. In addition, it also involves business continuity decisions on architecture, definition, documentation, implementation, measurement and audits. The most important feature of BCMS is testing your plans - because your business continuity is as good as it is tested.


Organizations cannot always avoid disruptions, and if not planned for, this can have a major impact on your business’s operations, reputation and profitability.

With an ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management system the rewards can be significant. Not only will your organization minimize the operational impact of disruptive incidents and ensure you recover from them with the least impact on your business performance, you’ll also stand apart from your competitors and protect your brand.


Whether you’re new to ISO 22301 and business continuity management or looking to take your expertise further, we have training courses, resources and services to suit your needs. We offer service packages that can be customized to your business to support your business continuity ambitions.