Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Business Continuity Standards and Laws

We've all seen it happen...  a disaster occurs and some businesses make it through but some don't. If your business continuity and disaster recovery plans are aligned with a standard, you're more likely to be among the survivors. This week, we're looking at some existing standards and the legal issues of which you should be aware.

Many laws define minimum requirements for business continuity; here are some you should know about. (Item #1) The legal issues involved in corporate contingency planning are some of the most misunderstood and confusing aspects of the entire process of creating a disaster recovery plan. (Item #2) Here's an overview of US regulations pertaining to business continuity. (Item #3)

Pages 52-61 of this comprehensive document provide information on US business continuity legislation, regulations, standards and good practices. (Item #4) ISO 22301 is a management systems standard for BCM which can be used by organizations of all sizes and types. (Item #5) As a guidance standard, organizations cannot be certified in ISO 27031 like ISO 22301, but the management system follows many of the same steps that experienced preparedness professionals are used to implementing with business continuity planning. (Item #6)

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