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Joint ASIS International/British Standards Institution Committee for New U.S. Business Continuity Management Standard Completes Initial Meeting

Alexandria, Va. 2009-01-29
Efforts toward developing a new U.S. standard for business continuity management moved into high gear during a Jan.15-16 meeting organized by ASIS International and the British Standards Institution in Alexandria, Va. More than two dozen business continuity professionals from the United States and the United Kingdom analyzed various BCM standards documents with the goal of creating a new standard that can be accepted by global standards organizations and be consistent with Title IX requirements.
 
“Several of the industry’s leading experts are creating a standard that addresses the key issues in a way that is consistent with global standards bodies,” said Marc Siegel, management systems consultant for ASIS and chair of the Working Group committee.  “The initial meeting was highly productive, with development of an initial set of documents that will ultimately form the new standard.” 
 
The Working Group committee used the British Standard BS 25999 as the starting point and included several other established global standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 and ISO 28000 during the course of development.  They used an ISO process model, commonly referred to as the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) model, and mapped content from BS 25999 and other standards into this model.  Having launched the research and data gathering processes, the Working Group committee expects to circulate the first working draft by April for review and comment to the entire Technical Committee of more than 150 additional BCM professionals from around the world. 
 
“Our key concern was to make sure the committee delegates were able to voice their views about how the new standard should be formulated,” said Kevin Brear, senior manager with the U.K. firm Deloitte LLP, and vice-chair of the Working Group committee.  “Having achieved that objective at the meeting, we are now moving forward quickly to complete a draft document.” 
 
Next steps are to complete a draft document that can be circulated to other technical committee members, obtain their comments and suggestions, and then release a draft for public review and comment.  For more information, email standards@asisonline.org.
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