BSI’s Business Continuity Management Standard Adopted by DHS

Press release - Reston, VA - June 21, 2010

BSI announces that its Business Continuity Management standard, BS 25999, has been adopted by the Department of Homeland Security as one of the final standards for the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep).  The program aims to enhance nationwide resilience by encouraging private sector preparedness.

DHS’s adoption of BSI’s BS 25999 standard as one of only three standards approved for PS-Prep program represents a significant milestone in the implementation of a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission to improve private sector preparedness for disasters and emergencies.  According to the Commission’s report, “the private sector controls 85 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure,” making preparedness essential to effective recovery in the event of a major incident. 

“BS 25999 provides the business resilience and consumer confidence essential to rapidly overcome any unplanned interruption of commercial operations. BSI is proud to be a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s effort to improve disaster and emergency preparedness in the private sector” said Todd VanderVen, President BSI America  “With BS 25999, businesses will be able to better plan for the unexpected and be well equipped to effectively minimize business disruption.”

BS 25999 is the internationally recognized standard for Business Continuity Management that helps organizations minimize the risks involved in the event of disruption of business.  It helps businesses develop resilience and recovery strategies that protect staff, preserve the organization’s reputation and provide the ability to continue operating during the most challenging and exceptional circumstances.