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BS 25999 Business Continuity Management

Continued operations in the event of a disruption, whether due to a major disaster or a minor incident, is a fundamental requirement for any organization.

By helping to put the fundamentals of a BCM system in place, the standard is designed to keep your business going during the most challenging and unexpected circumstances - protecting your staff, preserving your reputation and providing the ability to continue to operate and trade.

BS 25999
BS 25999, the world's first British standard for business continuity management (BCM), has been developed to help you minimize the risk of such disruptions. BS 25999 has been developed by a broad based group of world class experts representing a cross-section of industry sectors and the governmentto establish the process, principles and terminology of Business Continuity Management.

It provides a basis for understanding, developing and implementing business continuity within your organization and gives you confidence in business-to-business and business-to customer dealings. It also contains a comprehensive set of requirements based on BCM best practice and covers the whole BCM lifecycle.

The standards

BS 25999 comprises two parts:
  1. Part 1, the Code of Practice, provides BCM best practice recommendations. Please note that this is a guidance document only.
  2. Part 2, the Specification, provides the requirements for a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) based on BCM best practice. This is the part of the standard that you can use to demonstrate compilance via an auditing and certification process.
Being independently certified to the BS 25999 Part 2 by BSI Management Systems, an independent third-party, will be the ultimate assurance to your stakeholders that you comply with BCM best practice.

Who is it relevant to?
BS 25999 is suitable for any organization, large or small, from any sector. It is particularly relevant for organizations which operate in high risk environments such as finance, telecommunications, transport and the public sector, where the ability to continue operating is paramount for the organization itself and its customers and stakeholders.

The benefits of BS 25999, particularly when combined with independent certification from BSI, are widespread:

Provides a common consistent framework, based on international best practice, to manage business continuity.

Proactively improves your resilience when faced with the disruption of your ability to achieve key objectives

Helps protect and enhance your reputation and brand.

Competitive advantage
Opens new markets and helps you win new business.

Win more contracts more cost effectively
Provides a marketing edge and using certification can help reduce the cost of expensive tenders.

Business improvement
Certification requires a clear understanding of your entire organization which can identify opportunities for improvement.

Continuous improvement
The certification process involves regular audits which ensure that your management system is up to date.

Demonstrates that applicable laws and regulations are being observed.

Cost Savings
Creates opportunities to reduce the cost of BCM audits and may reduce insurance premiums.

Provides a rehearsed method of restoring your ability to supply critical products and services to an agreed level and timeframe following a disruption

Delivers a proven capability for managing a disruption.