• Revision:2005 Edition, 2005
  • Published Date:January 2005
  • Status:Active, Most Current
  • Document Language:English
  • Published By:American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS)
  • Page Count:48
  • ANSI Approved:No
  • DoD Adopted:No

  • The Business Continuity (BC) Guideline has applicability in boththe private and public sector environments. The BC Guideline is aseries of interrelated processes and activities that will assist increating, testing, and maintaining an organization-wide plan foruse in the event of a crisis that threatens the viability andcontinuity of the organization.


    The BC Guideline is a tool to allow organizations to considerthe factors and steps necessary to prepare for a crisis (disasteror emergency) so that it can manage and survive the crisis and takeall appropriate actions to help ensure the organization's continuedviability. The advisory portion of the guideline is divided intotwo parts: (1) the planning process and (2) successfulimplementation and maintenance. Part One provides step-bystepBusiness Continuity Plan preparation and activation guidance,including readiness, prevention, response, and recovery/resumption.Part Two details those tasks required for the Business ContinuityPlan to be maintained as a living document, changing and growingwith the organization and remaining relevant and executable.Appendix A offers the ASIS Business Continuity GuidelineChecklist.


    Recent world events have challenged us to prepare to managepreviously unthinkable situations that may threaten anorganization's future. This new challenge goes beyond the mereemergency response plan or disaster management activities that wepreviously employed. Organizations now must engage in acomprehensive process best described generically as BusinessContinuity. It is no longer enough to draft a response planthat anticipates naturally, accidentally, or intentionally causeddisaster or emergency scenarios. Today's threats require thecreation of an on-going, interactive process that serves to assurethe continuation of an organization's core activities before,during, and most importantly, after a major crisis event.

    In the simplest of terms, it is good business for a company tosecure its assets. CEOs and shareholders must be prepared to budgetfor and secure the necessary resources to make this happen. It isnecessary that an appropriate administrative structure be put inplace to effectively deal with crisis management. This will ensurethat all concerned understand who makes decisions, how thedecisions are implemented, and what the roles and responsibilitiesof participants are. Personnel used for crisis management should beassigned to perform these roles as part of their normal duties andnot be expected to perform them on a voluntary basis. Regardless ofthe organization—for profit, not for profit, faith-based,non-governmental—its leadership has a duty to stakeholders to planfor its survival. The vast majority of the national criticalinfrastructure is owned and operated by private sectororganizations, and it is largely for these organizations that thisguideline is intended. ASIS, the world's largest organization ofsecurity professionals, recognizes these facts and believes the BCGuideline offers the reader a user-friendly method to enhanceinfrastructure protection.

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