Top Tips for successful Business Continuity planning

By Andy Cuerel

Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS) encompass comprehensive and often detailed suites of activities. Comprehensive, however, does not equate to incomprehensible. And detailed should not be a euphemism for over-engineered.

Consideration of the following should help keep your BCMS lean, mean and fit for purpose! Continue reading

Business Impact Analysis: value added or added toil?

The business impact analysis (BIA) is a key facet of any business continuity programme. It sits right at the heart of the benefit that business continuity can bring to any organisation.

It has concerned me recently that I have read a number of papers suggesting that the business impact analysis is either unnecessary or that short cuts could be used. While it is understandable that people would like to reduce the work involved in delivering a business continuity project, to play around with the business impact analysis without understanding the risks of doing so is to put the whole business continuity plan at risk.

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Steelhenge certified to ISO 22301 – in a run of successes, sun and hot rails


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In a remarkable run of British sporting successes from Andy Murray, the Lions, a Brit sporting the yellow jersey in the Tour and England winning the first test match in the Ashes series, we are delighted to announce that Steelhenge has been certified to ISO 22301, the International Standard for Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements. Continue reading

Steelhenge achieves certification to Business Continuity Standard ISO 22301

By Isobel Nicholas

Following our external certification audit on 21st March 2013, the Steelhenge Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) has been recommended for certification to ISO 22301, the international business continuity management standard.

Passed-Exam-Image-1It is particularly pleasing as the auditor gave the BCMS a clean bill of health with zero non-conformances of any kind.  So, congratulations to the Steelhenge BC team!

As business continuity specialists, we would expect our business continuity planning and BCMS to be up to scratch, but even though it was previously certified to BS 25999-2, an external audit to a newly published Standard is never taken lightly. This was particularly the case in transitioning from BS 25999-2 to ISO 22301 because of the significant number of new requirements in ISO 22301, plus the new standardized management structure introduced for the first time by the International Standards Organization in ISO 22301. Continue reading

Business Continuity Planning – 5 Top Tips for Transitioners

By Isobel Nicholas

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To coincide with BCAW 2013, Business Continuity Awareness Week organised by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), here are our five Top Tips on transitioning your Business Continuity Management System from BS 25999-2 to ISO 22301.

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ISO 22301 vs BS 25999: The Key Differences

By Isobel Nicholas

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The International Standard for Business Continuity Management Systems is well and truly here, and we at Steelhenge have already started transitioning our own BCMS, and have been busy assisting clients with their ISO 22301 implementation. Below we take you on a whistle-stop tour of the headline differences between the requirements of BS 25999-2 and ISO 22301.

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Report from the field: business continuity planning with ISO 22301

By Isobel Nicholas
ISO22301_prosconsAs we set off into the New Year with publication of both ISO 22301, the requirements for Societal Security – Business Continuity Management Systems (May 2012) and ISO 22313, its supporting Guidance (December 2012), what is the feedback on the new Standards to date?

It is still early days and accredited certifications are only just coming on-line, but our experience from both supporting clients in the process of implementing ISO 22301 and transitioning our own certified BCMS Continue reading