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Auditing Today’s Business Continuity Management Systems

Written by  LYNNDA M. NELSON

Auditors of information systems, information security systems, and it governance or business continuity professionals may be interested in adding to their professional qualifications by becoming an auditor of business continuity management systems. Never heard of this designation? That’s because it is a new requirement that is an outcome of US legislation enacted as way to increase the preparedness of the private sector. It is called PS Prep Certification.What is Private Sector Preparedness (PS Prep)?In 2001, the USA Patriot Act identified the importance of protecting critical infrastructure in the United States. It also focused on the importance of protecting key resources essential to the minimal operations of the economy or government that are publically or privately controlled.The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) was developed as an output of the act to be a unifying structure for the government and the private sector and to improve the protection and resiliency of critical