How would your business cope in the face of disruption? A BSI British Standards conference offers guidance


24 August 2007

The implications for any organisation faced with potential risks such as fire, flooding, and terrorist attack are huge.  BSI British Standards is holding a one-day conference on 25 September in London to launch BS 25999-2 and this new ‘management system’ approach to Business Continuity Management, due to be published in November, can help.  

Key speakers on BS 25999-2, which specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, exercising, maintaining and improving a documented Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) include Dave Austin, Chair of the BS 25999-2 committee, and Robert Whitcher, of BSI Management Systems.  Several organisations will present on applying and using BS 25999-2 for business benefit.  Among them, Gordon Irving, Director Group Security, Scottish Power, will speak on implementing, operating, monitoring and reviewing a BCMS and Keith Tilley, Managing Director of SunGard Availability Services, will look at engaging the whole organization in BCM.

As part of the conference BSI and Marsh, a leading insurance broker and strategic risk adviser, will launch BS 25999 Business Continuity Assessment Online, a tool which will allow organizations to determine how adequate their existing BCM plans are and to gain confidence in their BCM strategies.

The conference is aimed at all those who have responsibility for Business Continuity and compliance, from BC professionals and Risk Managers to Certification Bodies and Auditors.  Attendees will:

• Gain an understanding of the accreditation and certification processes
• Gain competitive advantage by being among the first to learn how BS 25999-2 can be applied
• Find out what they should demand from suppliers

The conference is followed by two workshops on 26 September looking at:

• How to do business impact assessments and risk analysis
• Promoting and improving BCM in local authorities

About BSI Group
BSI British Standards is part of BSI Group, a global independent business services organization that inspires confidence and delivers assurance to customers with standards-based solutions. Originating as the world’s first national standards body, the Group has over 2,250 staff operating in over 100 countries through more than 50 global offices. The Group’s key offerings are:

• The development and sale of private, national and international standards and supporting information
• Second and third-party management systems assessment and certification
• Product testing and certification of services and products
• Performance management software solutions
• Training services in support of standards implementation and business best practice.