DHS announces intent to adopt BSI's preparedness standard

Press release - Reston, VA - October 15, 2009

BS 25999 is a business continuity management standard developed by BSI and is used by businesses globally. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced its intent to adopt BS 25999 (which comes in two parts) on a trial basis as one of three standards for use in the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep). PS-Prep is directed by Title IX of the Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. 

PS-Prep sets out to enhance nationwide resilience by improving private sector preparedness to establish a common set of criteria for private sector preparedness, including disaster management, emergency management and business continuity programs. Certification to BS 25999 US Edition will be used to confirm compliance with the voluntary preparedness scheme.

Todd VanderVen, President of BSI Americas, said: “We are delighted to support the PS-Prep with the provision of BS 25999 US Edition. The standard has been used successfully by private businesses around the world assisting organizations of all types and size determine and invest in critical areas of the organization, protect reputation and enhance stakeholder confidence. It will now play a key role for private sector organizations in the USA wishing to demonstrate compliance with the voluntary preparedness scheme.”

Every year thousands of businesses face the risk of a disruption to their business operations, ranging from the effects of everyday disruption such as power failure, to adverse weather conditions to full scale terrorist attacks. Business interruptions can create a chain of ‘knock-on’ effects stretching as far as damaging national and international infrastructure. The need for good guidance in this field has never been stronger.

BS 25999 US Edition sets out the requirements for establishing and maintaining an effective BCM system, effectively enabling an organization to anticipate and prepare for disruption. This might mean being able to rapidly recruit temporary staff or moving premises at very short notice: risks are different for every organization but BS 25999 US Edition helps the organization to determine what they are and make the necessary arrangements. Independent certification to this standard enables an organization to demonstrate to customers, stakeholders and legislators its proactive approach to achieving best practice in the area of BCM.

BS 25999 US Edition is initially available to private businesses in the US for a one month period. At the end of this, all public comments on the standard will be examined and the DHS will evaluate the standard for permanent use in the program.

Selection of the BSI Standard does not imply DHS endorsement of BSI or any of its products or services other than the particular standard to be used for limited purposes.