New BS25999 Glossary Aims to Standardise Business Continuity Terminology

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To support the take-up of the new business continuity standard BS25999, IT Governance Limited has published 'Business Continuity and BS25999: A Combined Glossary'. This pocket guide, with unrivaled breadth, presents a common set of terms that can be used to discuss business continuity across the English-speaking business world.

To support the take-up of the new business continuity standard BS25999, IT Governance Limited has published 'Business Continuity and BS25999: A Combined Glossary' (http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/1518) as a new addition to its Pocket Guide series. This Pocket Guide presents a standard, common set of terms that can be used to discuss business continuity in a way that is consistent across the English-speaking business world.

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 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 is expected to lead to an increased interest in business continuity practice from organisations around the world.

IT Governance Limited has published 'Business Continuity and BS25999: A Combined Glossary' because no previous glossary has adequately addressed the full range of terms and definitions likely to be relevant and important to the business continuity professional. While organisations implementing a BS25999-based business continuity management system will need to use the definitions contained in the Standard, the Pocket Guide also encompasses terms derived from multiple other sources.

Some are drawn from earlier glossaries published by the Business Continuity Institute and the DRI (Institute for Continuity Management); others derive from aspects of other standards that pertain to business continuity, including ITILv3, ISO/IEC27001:2005 (the Information Security Management Standard), ISO/IEC20000-1:2005 (the IT Service Management Standard) and BS7799-3:2006 (the Information Security Risk Management Standard).

Alan Calder, Chief Executive of IT Governance, said, "The new BS25999 Standard provides a much needed incentive for organisations around the world to tackle business continuity planning. By its nature, this discipline reaches right through an organisation and touches upon other standards at work in multiple functional areas. By drawing together all the relevant business continuity terms and definitions for the first time, this Pocket Guide provides the means for professionals to engage in constructive global conversations based upon a shared understanding."

Priced at £19.95/US$39.10/€26.53, 'Business Continuity and BS25999: A Combined Glossary' may be purchased online for immediate despatch or download from http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/1518.

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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