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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. The ISO/IEC 22301 (former BS 25999) is a standard for Business Continuity Management (BCM), has been developed to help to minimise the risk and its impact in case of occurence of such disruptions.

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

ISO/IEC 22301 has been developed by a broad based group of world class experts representing a cross-section of industry sectors and the government to establish the process, principles and terminology of Business Continuity Management.

It provides a basis for understanding, developing and implementing business continuity within the organisation and gives the 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.

ISO/IEC 22301 is suitable for any organisation, 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.

WMC Werckmeister Management Consulting GmbH