Business Continuity Consultancy

ISO 22301 Business Continuity Consultancy

One of the key features of ISO 22301 is that it is business focused. ISO 22301 adopts a structured process to business continuity which starts with the identification of an organisation’s key products and services. It is then vital to complete a business impact analysis (BIA) to identify the critical activities that support the products and services and their dependencies in the form of resources, other departments and third parties. It is essential that a business continuity approach is built upon a firm foundation These activities represent the first and critical stage in the business continuity lifecycle and are followed by the determination of the business continuity strategy, developing a response including plans, exercising the plans, embedding business continuity in the organisation and implementing a maintenance and review process. The whole of the business continuity process needs encapsulating into a management system that ensures it is operating within a defined structure. Equally important is the ownership. Business continuity must be driven by the business and not IT, which is where many organisations assign the responsibility. IT has a key part to play and a significant contribution to make and should be closely involved, but experience has shown that business ownership Is vital.

Implementing ISO 22301

One of the key features of ISO 22301 is that it is business focussed and it must be driven by the business not IT, which is where many organisations assign the responsibility. ISO 22301 utilises a structured process to business continuity which starts with the identification of an organisation’s key products and services. It is then vital to complete a business impact analysis (BIA) which identifies the critical activities that support the products and services and their dependencies in the form of resources, other departments and third parties. These activities represent the first and critical stage in the business continuity lifecycle and are followed by the determination of the business continuity strategy, developing a response including plans, exercising the plans, embedding business continuity in the organisation and putting in place a maintenance and review process. The whole of the business continuity process needs wrapping into a management system that ensures it is operating within a defined structure.

Achieving an optimum BCMS

Achieving this optimum balance is where URM excels. We are able to ensure that you gain maximum benefit from implementing ISO 22301 by virtue of our experience of assisting organisations through certification, consultancy expertise (all experienced business continuity managers with real world experience and understanding of the challenges you face) and our purpose designed BIA and risk management tool (Abriska). Our consultancy services come not only with a 100% certification guarantee, but with the assurance that any implemented BCMS will be tailored, appropriate and sustainable. URM’s ISO 22301 consultancy services are also totally flexible and our consultants can provide guidance and knowledge transfer across the full lifecycle or specific areas such as assisting with the business impact analysis, risk assessments, strategies, plans, exercising and embedding in the organisation. Support will be tailored to your specific requirements, which is often influenced by your internal expertise and its availability, timescales and budgets. URM also has a team of highly skilled and experienced auditors.

Want to Learn More?

If you are looking to comply or certify with ISO 22301, we can provide you with two free sources of practical advice. URM has partnered with BSI (UK’s No. 1 certification Body) to deliver half day ISO 22301 implementation seminars which provide real world insights on pitfalls to avoid, as well ashints and top tips for ensuring a successful outcome. The focus is on ‘how to certify’ and the contents of these seminars is based on the cumulative experiences of both URM and BSI implementing and assessing many BCMS over the last 10 years.
In addition to attending free ISO 22301 seminars which are held across the UK, you can also take advantage of URM’s free ISO 22301 health checks. The half day health checks are aimed at organisations looking to certify to ISO 22301 which are looking to benchmark what they currently have in place against the requirements of the Standard. Following the health check, which is delivered by our senior consultants, you will receive a high level report and graph indicating the maturity of the key components of your BCMS. The health check is ideal for helping you to understand your current compliance status, where your development priorities lie and the likely timescales and resources you will require in order to achieve certification.
Another valuable source of free information from URM is our ‘Viewpoint’ articles where we focus on a specific issue or requirement of ISO 22301 and provide our practical perspective on how this requirement can be most effectively satisfied.