ISO announces new international standard for business continuity management

ISO announces new international standard for business continuity management

June 25

The International Organization for Standardization recently announced a new standard addressing business continuity management (BCM) and disaster recovery.

ISO standards are developed in order to improve the quality, safety, and resilience of software, products, and other systems in various industries, from avionics to manufacturing. ISO standards benefit everyone, from consumers to governments to the planet itself, and are developed through careful examination and testing in order to make them as secure and efficient as possible.

By developing a standard for business continuity, the ISO has established a need for better preparation among companies to handle any sort of disruption, be it a natural disaster or hard drive failure. Titled ISO 22301, this standard provides the framework for planning, establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving disaster recovery software and systems.

“Organizations implementing ISO 22301 will be able to demonstrate to legislators, regulators, customers, prospective customers, and other interested parties that they are adhering to good practice in BCM,” said Stefan Tangen, secretary of the ISO technical committee that developed the new standard. “It may also be used within an organization to measure itself against good practice, and by auditors wishing to report to management.”

Companies can use the new standard to conform to a regulated BC plan, for third-party certification, or for self-assessment. It is not only the first standard to be published which aligns with ISO formatting for management systems, but also conforms with other management ISOs, such as 9001 (quality management), 14001 (environmental management), and ISO/IEC 27001 (information security management) – helping business stay consistent across all areas. Additionally, ISO 22301 is part of a new set of technical standards, with additional documentation to be published later this year. Various countries, like Singapore and the U.K., have already officially adopted ISO 22301.