In a world in which the uninterrupted supply of products and services is critically important, Business Continuity Management has become equally important. Alison Publisher, S.M. Waqas Imam, introduces his new course on how to keep a business running in times of crisis.
Interruptions in the supply of products and services can arise for a variety of reasons, such as cyber-attacks, bad weather or indeed a pandemic such as the one we are currently experiencing. Increasingly, businesses are realising the importance of having a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) which allows an organisation to react quickly to potential disruptions to operations.
In times of crisis, a robust BCMS helps ensure an organisation has access to supplies and can maintain uninterrupted output, as well as saving money, time and potentially even a company’s reputation.
A Business Continuity Management System is much more than just a continuity plan. It includes context analysis of the organisation, risk assessment, drills, internal and external audits, properly allocated roles and responsibilities, management reviews and continual system improvement.
A BCMS follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, as is the case in a Quality Management System, and allows an organisation to continue operating at a viable level during a disruptive time.
In October 2019, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) issued its latest Business Continuity Management System Standard – ISO 22301:2019. The standard has all the requirements necessary to show companies how to implement a strong system of business continuity management.
Now, thanks to Alison and Exoexcellence Consultants, you can now study ISO 22301:2019 online for free and at your own convenience.
By Alison Publisher S. M. Waqas Imam