ISO 22301:2019 Certification
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ISO 22301:2019 Certification in UAE

ISO 22301:2019 - Business Continuity Management System Certification (BCMS)

ISO 22301 in UAE

ISO 22301:2019 Business Continuity Management System Certification aims to help businesses of any size, location, or activity to be better prepared and more confident to handle any disruptions to the daily operation due to a disaster or unprecedented event.

Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) Standard will ensure that organization will be able to respond to any incident that can disrupt the normal functioning of the business at any time.

ISO 22301 Business Continuity management System – a method that enables organizations to keep functioning during an incident, and address the prevention of and response to disruptions.

What is BCMS?

ISO 22301:2019 highlights the requirement of a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS). Building an ISO 22301:2019 compliant BCM System will enable businesses to respond proactively towards any unexpected incidents halting the business operations.

The BCMS framework will empower businesses to update, control, and deploy effective disaster management and risk mitigation processes.

A BCMS helps organizations cope with incidents affecting their business-critical processes and activities, from the failure of a single server to the complete loss of a major facility. ISO 22301, the international standard that describes best practice for business continuity, states that there are four major components to a successful BCMS.
The major four components which has proven effectiveness in implementing and maintaining the BCMS are

Management Support

As with any major project, a BCMS must be backed by senior staff for it to be effective. This ensures that the organization will be given the necessary resources and that the project will be supported throughout the organization.

Business Impact Analysis:

This is used to identify an organization’s critical activities and dependencies, which determine its priorities for recovery following a disruption.

Risk Assessment:

This enables organizations to determine:

  •   The specific scenarios that can affect each business activity;
  •   How likely it is that those scenarios will occur; and
  •   How severe the damage of each scenario could be.

Business Continuity Plan (BCP):

The BCP is where the three previous components come together. It details the scenarios that an organization needs to prepare for and how it will respond to them. The goal is to stabilize the situation and allow the organization to continue operating as efficiently as possible until the disruption is resolved.

Benefits of ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management

  •   Identify and manage threats to the business
  •   Minimize the impact of incidents and take a proactive approach
  •   Reduce downtimes during incidents and improve recovery time
  •   keep critical business functions active during crisis time
  •   Demonstrate resilient measures to customers, suppliers, and for tenders
  •   Prove to existing and potential clients that an effective BCMS is implemented. Without documented proof, clients will have to take the organization’s word for it, which is rarely effective;
  •   Obtain an independent opinion about their security posture. Accredited certification involves regular reviews and internal audits of the BCMS to make sure it continually improves;
  •   Meet regulatory requirements. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the NIS Directive state that organizations must implement incident response capabilities. Certification to ISO 22301 provides a best practice approach to business continuity.

ISO 22301:2019 Standard can go along with 9001:2015, 14001:2015, 27001:2013. It helps in Disaster preparedness and making the Organisation equipped to meet any contingencies.

ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Certification – 3 Steps

Gap Analysis

Study the existing Business Continuity Management System and compare it with the ISO 22301 requirements. Prepare observations, identify the system gaps in the lines of crisis management, and implement corrective actions.

It will help the Certification Agency in effectively assessing the Business Continuity Management System's efficiency and readiness to tackle disruptions complying with the ISO Standard checklist.

Formal Assessment

The Certification Body will review the Business Continuity Management System again the checklist specified by ISO 22301:2019.

They will analyze technology gaps, system limitations, process improvements, etc. Once the organization meets all the compliance requirements the ISO 22301:2019 Certification will be issued.


Post the formal assessment the is 22301 Certification will be awarded. It is valid for three years and is subject to an annual surveillance audit.

It ensures the practices are followed the right way, frequent system updates are conducted and continuous improvement practices are followed.

To manage risks such as cyber-attacks and natural disasters, organizations need to have an effective Business Continuity Management plan.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan

Disaster Recovery plans are focused on specific operational practices to enable organizations to get back to normal after a disruptive incident.

Business Continuity Management system helps businesses to effectively protect their facilities employees, assets, and stakeholders. Business Continuity Plan is a well-defined guideline for resuming and maintaining normal business functions amidst any disruption.

The plan covers detailed instructions, policy manuals, procedures, and tasks that employees have to deploy during a disaster to effectively sail through.

A Disaster Recovery plan is synonymous with a Business Continuity plan. However, the Disaster Recovery plan focuses primarily on restoring IT Infrastructure. It should be included in the overall business continuity plan as part of the overall strategy.

How Will ISO 22301:2019 help Business?

ISO 22301:2019 provides a practical framework for setting up and managing risks, continuous operation, and recovery business from disruptive incidents.

It will help businesses to demonstrate to stakeholders that it can rapidly respond to any disruption and provide continued and effective survival despite the unprecedented events.

The business continuity Standard helps in contingency planning, including utilities, transport, health, and essential public services. It helps in developing resiliency and improve risk management.

How Will Aurion Assist You?

Our experts will assist you in preparing a Business Continuity plan as well as coordinate for the ISO 22301:2019 Business Continuity Management Implementation, Certification, and Auditing. We also assist you in a host of ISO Certifications such as 9001, 14001, 27001, etc.

To know more about ISO 22301 Certification, reach out to our team right away!

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