ISO 22301 Security and Resilience - Business Continuity Management Systems - Requirements

To achieve international recognition and ensure customer confidence, you must have a robust Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) in place. By being ISO 22301 certified, you can prevent, prepare, respond and recover from any unexpected and disruptive incidents, ensuring the interest of your stakeholders.

 

 

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ISO 22301:2019 Security and Resilience – Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements

Our experienced team of in-house ISO consultants can plan and guide you through this process smoothly, covering critical areas for your company, as follows, to ensure you are well-established.

What is ISO 22301 certification?

ISO 22301:2019 Security and resilience – Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements is the international standard that guides organisations to establish a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS). The international standard is vital to protect and help organisations respond effectively and recover from disruption when an incident occurs.

It provides a framework for companies to identify and deal with potential threats to their businesses and meet the BCMS requirements needed for ISO 22301 certification.

What are the benefits of ISO 22301 certification?

Organisations should be certified under the ISO 22301 business continuity management systems standard to protect their reputation and build organisational resilience. In turn, this would protect their brand and enhance their competitive advantage.

With the ISO 22301 certification, certified companies will have a BCMS in place that allows them to respond swiftly and effectively to any unexpected disruptions or incidents. This will enable them to protect and resume their operations, continuing to deliver products and services after recovering from the adversity.

Why should you get certified?

Organisations should be certified under the ISO 22301 business continuity management systems standard to protect their reputation and build organisational resilience. In turn, this would protect their brand and enhance their competitive advantage.

With the ISO 22301 certification, certified companies will have a BCMS in place that allows them to respond swiftly and effectively to any unexpected disruptions or incidents. This will enable them to protect and resume their operations, continuing to deliver products and services after recovering from the adversity.

How can you get your company certified for ISO 22301?

Stendard can help your organisation by providing business continuity management system consulting services with experienced ISO 22301 consultants. 

We help individual clients prepare, establish, implement and improve their business continuity management system process, including gap analysis, auditing, training and arranging for certification services from an internationally recognised certification body.

Why choose Stendard's ISO consultancy services for your needs?

Our in-house ISO consultancy team at Stendard specialises in conducting further gap analysis to pinpoint flaws and loopholes in your BC Strategy and Plan, specifically addressing concerns such as:

Our step-by-step process:

  • Have my team missed out any processes that I should rightly put in place and pay more attention to?

  • My teams are on rotation to work in office and from home, how do I ensure data confidentiality and security?

  • How do I know if I have sufficiently planned, implemented and tested my BCM?

A large part of having an effective BCMS is to not just address your business operational needs, but also to ensure the robustness of your ICT infrastructure, to withstand information security, confidentiality and external exploitations.

Most importantly, besides having a sound and secured plan, it must be easily understood and executed, instead of just a paper exercise.

The importance of an ISO certification

The importance of an ISO certification
The International Standard provides guidance and help organisations to apply a common approach or concept of Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) and risk-based thinking to achieve compliance and continuous improvement. The PDCA model is an iterative process that enables organsations to establish policy or objectives, implement processes to deliver results, monitor and measure performance, report and evaluate results and also take corrective actions to achieve continuous improvement.

The International Standard contains the scope, context and requirements for any types of management system standards. Organisations that wish to show commitment and demonstrate compliance can use the requirements to assess conformity. They can seek further confirmation of its conformance by pursuing certification of the management system by an external certification body.

ISO certification allows organisations to show prove of conformance to the requirements of any management system standards. It can help to demonstrate compliance to current and future statutory, industry and regulatory requirements, thereby gaining themselves recognition and competitive advantage through improving their branding/reputation and the confidence of the stakeholders, customers and business partners.

Training and Competency

Our team ensures the competency of your team regarding ISO 22301 standards and requirements

We include online training courses and in-person training to make sure everyone within your team understands the requirements of Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements and ISO 22301 standards, as well as the application of your BCM processes and documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

ISO 22301 applies to any organisation worldwide (regardless of industry, size or type). An organisation that wishes to ensure business continuity following an unexpected disruption to the business operation would need the ISO 22301 standard for establishing and implementing an effective BCMS to protect against such disruptive incidents. 

The ISO 22301 business continuity management system consists of critical elements that are integrated, such as Business Continuity Plan (BCP), Emergency Response, Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery, Risk Management, Business Impact Analysis, Resilience and Reputation Management. 

Most organisations typically take between 3 and 6 months to implement ISO 22301. Depending on the size and complexity of the business operations, it may take longer. 

Suppose an organisation is not prepared and requires additional time to address internal processes to comply with all the certification requirements. In that case, the certification time frame could be extended as well.

The certification audit will assess all the clauses for compliance as detailed in the ISO 22301 standard, i.e. Clause 4 through Clause 10. These will be considered against your organisation’s processes that are being implemented, including the scope, policy and objectives.

The current version of the standard is ISO 22301:2019. It was published on 31 October 2019 as a revision to ISO 22301:2012 to streamline the requirements and make them more practical.

Once an organisation has been successfully certified with the ISO 22301 standard, the issued certificate is valid for three years. 

ISO 22301 standard is applicable for organisations of all sizes regardless of industry, especially for higher risk organisations and those that are more complex. Organisations must maintain functional proficiency in the event of unexpected disruptions or incidents. 

ISO stands for International Organisation for Standardization (ISO), an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organisations.