Beginner's Guide to Business Continuity Updated For New BS25999 Standard

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To help organisations of any size become certificated to the new business continuity standard BS25999, IT Governance Limited has published a second edition of its popular book 'Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity', updated to reflect the requirements of the new Standard.

To help organisations of any size become certificated to the new business continuity standard BS25999, IT Governance Limited has published a second edition of its popular book “Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity” ( Using the same accessible and jargon-free style, the book has been extensively revised to incorporate best practices outlined in the new Standard and offer additional guidance on how to implement these measures successfully.

BS25999 ( is the world's first formal standard for business continuity management. It offers a means for organisations to respond to the demands of Sarbanes-Oxley (, the UK Companies Act ( and various other statutes and regulations regarding the need to identify and deal with operational risk. It also helps UK local authorities to comply with the requirement of the Civil Contingencies Act. The Standard provides both a code of practice and a specification for a management system against which organisations can be independently audited. BS25999 certification therefore enables them finally to prove to customers, partners, regulators and investors that they have in place best practice measures to ensure their resilience to adverse events.

“Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity, Second Edition” is written as a beginner's guide for senior executives, business owners and IT service professionals and aims to dispel the myth that only large organisations need and can afford business continuity management. It contents are applicable to organisations irrespective of their size, sector or geographic location.

The book presents its 15 chapters in a Question & Answer format for easy comprehension and quick reading. Each covers an individual aspect of disaster and continuity planning, such as Data Disasters, Virus Disasters and IT Project Failures, with real world examples providing helpful illustration throughout. Further resources are provided in the appendices, which include details on training and certification bodies, advice on how to secure internal buy-in and recommendations for further reading.

“Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity, Second Edition” has been written for IT Governance Limited by Thejendra BS, author of the first edition. An internationally experienced IT manager based in Bangalore, India, Thejendra BS has over 17 years' experience of technology roles including Disaster Recovery Planning, Business Continuity Planning, asset management, IT security and IT project implementation.

Alan Calder, Chief Executive of IT Governance Limited, said, "Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity are vital concerns for any organisation, particularly given increasing regulatory demands and a rising tide of online threats. History shows that few organisations unprepared for disaster survive long after one hits them.

"The new BS25999 Standard is great news. It not only specifies the measures to be adopted, but also provides a new form of competitive advantage: in the age of global supply chains, the organisations that can prove their resilience will be the ones that thrive."

Priced at £39.95/US$78.30/€53.13, 'Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity, Second Edition' may be purchased online for immediate despatch or download from

About IT Governance Ltd:
IT Governance Ltd is the one-stop shop for books, tools, training and consultancy for Governance, Risk Management and Compliance. It is a leading authority on data security and IT governance for business and the public sector. IT Governance is 'non-geek', approaching IT issues from a non-technology background and talking to management in its own language. Its customer base spans Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. More information is available at

About Alan Calder:
Alan Calder is an international authority on information security management. He led the world's first successful implementation of BS7799, the information security management standard upon which ISO27001 is based, and wrote the definitive compliance guide for this standard, 'IT Governance: A Manager's Guide to Data Security and BS7799/ISO17799'. The 3rd edition of this book is the basis for the UK Open University's postgraduate course on Information Security. He is a consultant to companies including Cisco. He regularly blogs on IT security issues at


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