New BS25999 Pocket Guide Gives 'Quick Study' Introduction to Best Practice Business Continuity Management

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To help organisations get to grips with business continuity management and the requirements of the new best practice standard BS25999, IT Governance Limited has introduced the 'BS25999 Pocket Guide'. This is intended for those needing an introductory overview of business continuity management and for organisations that are implementing, or set to implement, a business continuity plan and management system.

To help organisations get to grips with business continuity management and the requirements of the new best practice standard BS25999, IT Governance Limited has introduced the 'BS25999 Pocket Guide' (http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/1519). This latest addition to the popular Pocket Guide series is intended for those needing an introductory overview of business continuity management and for organisations that are implementing, or set to implement, a business continuity plan and management system.

BS25999 (http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/bs25999.aspx) 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 (http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/corpgov_us.aspx), the UK Companies Act (http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/corpgov_uk.aspx) 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 requirements 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 is expected to lead to an upsurge in interest in business continuity management from organisations around the world.

The 'BS25999 Pocket Guide' provides a definition of business continuity and explains how operational business continuity risk can be managed using the new Standard. It details the important distinction between operational, commercial and strategic risks and explains how these should be managed through appropriate strategies and operational resilience measures. Other topics addressed include how to demonstrate a return on investment from a business continuity management system, the role of business continuity in corporate governance, and how to provide directors and stakeholders with appropriate assurance about the management and control of business continuity risks.

For organisations contemplating a business continuity management programme, the 'BS25999 Pocket Guide' will help ensure that their decision is based on a clear understanding of its requirements. For those already at the initiation stage, the book provides an excellent introductory text for board members, project team members and those on the periphery of the project, offering an affordable means for ensuring that all share a clear understanding of the programme.

The new Pocket Guide has been written for IT Governance Limited by Tony Drewitt, an experienced business continuity practitioner and a professional member of the Business Continuity Institute. In demand as a consultant in operational risk management and business continuity management, Tony has advised a wide range of small, medium and large organisations on developing business continuity policies, strategies and plans. He has been a guest lecturer for Cranfield University and is currently helping a number of clients to achieve BS25999 certification.

Alan Calder, Chief Executive of IT Governance, said, "The BS25999 Pocket Guide is an inexpensive way to acquire and share essential knowledge about best practice business continuity management. It enables organisations to hit the ground running so that they can prepare for independent audit as quickly as possible and begin enjoying the competitive advantages that BS25999 certification brings."

Priced at £9.95/US$19.50/€13.23, the BS25999 Pocket Guide may be purchased online for immediate despatch or download from http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/1519.

NOTES TO EDITORS

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 http://www.itgovernance.co.uk.

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 http://alancalder.blogspot.com/.

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