BSI Business Continuity Kit

The BSI bills this as the complete kit for Business Continuity.  So is it worth the money?

If you’re going to do Business Continuity properly, you definitely need to know what the standards say.  The easiest way to do that is to read them yourself!   Luckily, BS25999 (Parts 1 and 2) are relatively straightforward and won’t tax your brain, but is there anything else you need to buy?

Realistically, we think you can get by with just the Standard (BS25999, the US’s ANSI/ASIS/BSI BCM.1-2010, or ISO 22301 when it arrives).   Especially when you can download resources and templates from Continuity in Business!

But if you have a decent budget there’s lots of things that can help too.  As well as the standards for business continuity, there are a number of useful books.

The British Standards Institute offers Kit 214, and says it will “is intended to service as a single reference point,” and will ”equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan, prepare, deliver and report on exercises and tests to validate and improve your business continuity strategy.

We’re told the kit costs around £600 and contains (docheck before buying!):

Standards

  • BS 25999-1:2006 - Business continuity standard. Code of practice (Part 1)
  • BS 25999-2:2007 - Business continuity standardt. Specification (Part 2)
  • BS 25777:2008 - Information and communications technology continuity management. Code of practice

Guidance Documents

  • PD 25666:2010 -  Business continuity management. Guidance on exercising and testing for continuity and contingency programmes
  • PD 25111:2010 - Business continuity management. Guidance on human aspects of business continuity

Books

  • BIP 2142:2007 - The Route Map to Business Continuity Management. Meeting the Requirements of BS 25999
  • BIP 2143:2008 - Exercising for Excellence: Delivering a Successful Business Continuity Management Exercise
  • BIP 2151:2008 - Auditing Business Continuity Management Plans
  • BIP 2185:2009 -  Communication Strategies: Write Your Incident Communication Plan Now
  • BIP 2149:2008 - Managing Risk and Resilience in the Supply Chain
  • BIP 2034:2008 - Disaster and Emergency Management Systems

Is it worth it?

Well, it’s certainly a nice bundle of standards, and we wouldn’t like to argue with the BSI.  But you may prefer to browse standards, choose your own books and pick out your own resources from a wider range, and make sure you only buy what you need.

It’s a nice bundle if you have the budget, but if not, write a list of everything you have to achieve, and use our search box (above right) to see if we can recommend free or low cost resources or books that will do the job just as well!

If you’d like to purchase the bundle from the BSI:

 

 

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