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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:43

Has a True Standard Emerged for Our Industry?

Written by  BOB ARNOLD

Marian-Webster defines a standard (n) as something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example. In the case of business continuity standards, we now have the leading worldwide authority establishing this model. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 164 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. ISO has produced more than 19,000 standards and releases with 1,000 new standards annually. Last month the ISO Technical Committee (TC223) voted to approve BS ISO 22301. The ISO standard, ISO 22301, “Societal security – Preparedness and Continuity Management Systems – Requirements,” specifies requirements for setting up and managing an effective business continuity management system. I believe the release of this new business continuity management system standard is one of the most important landmarks