Evaluating and Applying Relevant BCM Standards

When it comes to business continuity (BC), identifying and applying the right standards for your specific needs is definitely NOT a “one size fits all” solution.

In fact, the answer is typically not a single standard, but a combination of industry regulations, broader BC guidelines, and best practices that collectively satisfy the particular concerns of your industry or application. (For brevity, I refer to all of those resources under the general term of “standards.”)

The process of evaluating, mapping, and synthesizing standards into a universal framework was initially demonstrated in the form of the original BCP Genome, prepared by Strategic® BCP in 2006 and updated multiple times since then.

While the original BCP Genome specifically benefits users of Strategic BCP’s ResilienceONE® business continuity management (BCM) software, you can follow the same logic to create your own framework of references relative to your unique business continuity needs.

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The seven examples shown above demonstrate differences in focus among various BCP standards. In all, the BCP Genome synthesizes a total of 30 standards into 101 unique points of coverage, across eight major categories of business continuity practice.

Download the full white paper to learn more about:

  • The thought process behind the BCP Genome
  • How to recognize the unique perspective behind each standard
  • How to avoid underestimating the effort or overlooking the value
  • Practical experiences of others

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