What is ISO 22301?
ISO 22301 is the standard for business continuity and is key for your business as it will protect you from the risks associated with downtime which can occur due to unexpected disruptions or disasters. The recent years have proven that the unthinkable can happen and negatively impact your business, can your business cope without a business continuity plan?
Preventing disasters from happening should be your business’s number one priority. Being able to handle smaller disruptions reduces larger disruptions from occurring. A small action your business could implement is to have strong passwords which you change often to prevent hackers from breaching your data.
Some disasters are harder to solve than others and aren’t as easy as changing a password. If your workplace is by a river that is known to flood, are there flood gates in place to prevent your building from being damaged? Mitigating bigger hazards will save revenue loss and will allow employees to work as normal.
So, what if a disaster to your business does happen? If there was a fire in your workplace, ensuring employees can work from home allows them to fulfill their usual duties and provide the same treatment towards customers. Using cloud-based systems such as Office 365 makes sure that all usual data can still be accessed so work can be completed like usual.
One of the most important things is checking that the backup plan works! If your company is using technology to communicate in the event of a disaster, checking the systems are working every so often is vital to make a smooth workflow from home.
Getting Started with ISO 22301
If you want to improve your company’s ability to meet your customer’s and other stakeholders needs, then becoming certified in ISO 22301 may be for you.