New Guide Provides Practical Guidance On Achieving Business Continuity Standard BS25999

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Risks to business continuity can be significantly reduced by embedding business continuity management, awareness and planning within an organisation's culture. A new book from IT Governance gives concise and practical guidance on achieving BS25999, the world's first national standard for business continuity management.

Any serious disruption to business continuity can have negative and far reaching effects that place an organisation in jeopardy. In the face of lost revenue, brand damage, lost customer confidence, damaged premises, a drop in stock market valuation or other similar outcomes, the organisation's survival can depend on its ability to continue operating. Risks to business continuity can be significantly reduced by embedding business continuity management, awareness and planning within the organisation's culture, as the new book from IT Governance, 'A Manager's Guide to BS25999' (http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/1759) demonstrates.    

'A Manager's Guide to BS25999' is a concise and practical guide to achieving BS25999, the world's first national standard for business continuity management, first published toward the end of 2007. 'A Manager's Guide to BS25999' is essential reading for managers, executives and directors across the spectrum with any interest or involvement in operational risk or business continuity management, particularly in organisations which operate in high risk environments such as finance, telecommunications, transport and the public sector, where the need to demonstrate and prove the ability to survive unexpected business discontinuities is equally vital for the organisation, its customers and stakeholders.

Written by Tony Drewitt, a respected business continuity expert and professional member of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), 'A Manager's Guide to BS25999' outlines the processes and principles required to develop a Business Continuity Management and Planning framework that is in line with, and will achieve certification to, BS25999. Drewitt, a practicing consultant in the field of operational risk management and business continuity management, draws on his personal experience of working with organisations of all sizes to inform insightful chapters on key topics including business continuity awareness, business risk analysis, business impact analysis, document management, IT disaster recovery and incident response structure. With further chapters on corporate governance and compliance, a detailed bibliography and helpful appendices that provide template documents and suggested organisational structures, the book will help managers and executives understand the steps needed to create a successful business continuity culture within their organisation.

Alan Calder, chief executive of IT Governance, commented, "Sophisticated business continuity planning is a must for any organisation keen to minimise disruption and maximise recovery. 'A Manager's Guide to BS25999' makes business continuity and the implementation of BS25999 accessible and comprehensible to specialist and layman alike, giving them a clear grasp of practical steps that must be taken, and the role they must play within their organisation's business continuity planning."

'A Manager's Guide to BS25999' is available in hard copy (ISBN 978-1-905356-51-5) and e-book (ISBN 978-1-905356-52-2) formats. It is priced at £39.95/ $79.10/€51.94 and may be purchased online at http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/1759.

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tony Drewitt is a business continuity practitioner and a professional member of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) who has been a practising consultant in the field of operational risk management and business continuity management (BCM) since 2001, working with a wide range of small, medium and large organisations to develop BCM policies, strategies and plans.

Tony started his career as a mechanical engineer in industry and has held a range of posts in sales and marketing, general management and management consulting. He was a guest lecturer on BCM on Cranfield University's international security management course at the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham, Wiltshire in 2003, and is currently working with a number of clients in achieving certification under BS25999.

Tony is the author of the already successful IT Governance publication 'BS25999: A Pocket Guide'.

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