The Business Continuity is a discipline that involves you, is based on common sense and is defined as the company’s ability to continue to provide an acceptable level of products and services, in the face of adverse events that may occur: it refers to ISO 22301 standard which establishes the requirements for an efficient Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) .
Hence the Business Continuity concerns the construction and continuous improvement of the level of business resilience.
At the beginning of November this year the new ISO 22301: 2019 was published, which has been updated and improved, making it more fluid, more practical and less “heavy” to read compared to the 2012 version.
The guidelines of the new ISO 22301: 2019 do not differ much from those of the previous version: some definitions have been improved and others removed – which are in fact found in the other ISO of the 22300 family – and some requirements have been made clearer.
Natural catastrophic events, acts of sabotage, terrorist acts, market turbulence, economic and geopolitical crises, blocking of IT systems due to technical malfunctions or cyber attacks, interruption of the power supply, fires, wars of duties, interruption of the supply chain for suppliers critics, etc., can interrupt the normal supply of products and services leading to an operational shutdown, if not even a definitive closure.
Organizations, today more than ever, find themselves operating in a highly articulated, globalized and digitized context and need to protect themselves from the various types of events that could cause an interruption of activities for a certain period of time, even short, with significant direct and indirect costs (ie significant losses in turnover, market shares, payment of administrative penalties – local or national – or contractual penalties, reputational damages etc.).