BSI launches BS 25999 in India

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Bangalore, Oct 31 (UNI) BSI Management Systems, one of the world's largest certification bodies, today introduced BS 25999, the world's first British Standard for Business Continuity Management (BCM), simultaneously in India, United Kingdom, Japan and the United States, BSI Group Communications Director Frank Post said today.

Talking to newspersons here, he said the new Code of Practice would help organisations to minimise disruptions and demonstrate their ability. The standard when coupled with independent assessment and certification, can contribute to the success and ultimately the survival of organisations.

He said "BCM has evolved to help organisations continue to operate and succeed and is an essential management discipline.

BS 25999 provides a framework for implementing, managing and maintaining effective business continuity", he added.

Mr Frank Post said ''BS 25999 has been developed by a broad- based group of world class experts representing a cross-section of industry sectors and the government to establish the process, principles and terminology of Business Continuity Management.

''The BS 25999 standards were suitable for any organisation, large or small, from any sector. It was particularly relevant for organisations which operate in high risk environments such as finance, telecommunications, transport and the public sector where the ability to continue operating was paramount for the organisation itself and its customers and stakeholders'', he added.

BSI Management Systems Global Director (Operations) Neil Hannah, said ''BCM standards can make supply chains more robust, improve enterprise stability, increase job security and ensure the flow of money into communities.'' UNI MSP RS JJ JS1546

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