New BS25999 Glossary Aims to Standardize Business Continuity Terminology

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<p><strong>Ely, England &mdash; March 6</strong><br />To support the take-up of the new business continuity standard BS25999, IT Governance Limited has published <em>Business Continuity and BS25999: A Combined Glossary</em> 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. <br /> <br />BS25999 is the world&#39;s first formal standard for business continuity management. It offers a means for organizations to respond to the demands of Sarbanes-Oxley, the U.K. Companies Act and various other statutes and regulations regarding the need to identify and deal with operational risk. It also helps U.K. local authorities to comply with the requirement of the Civil Contingencies Act. </p><p>The standard provides a code of practice and a specification for a management system against which organizations can be independently audited. BS25999 is expected to lead to an increased interest in business continuity practice from organizations around the world.<br /> <br />IT Governance Limited has published <em>Business Continuity and BS25999: A Combined Glossary</em> 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. </p><p>While organizations implementing a BS25999-based 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 from BS7799-3:2006 (the Information Security Risk Management Standard). <br /> <br />Alan Calder, chief executive of IT Governance, said, &ldquo;The new BS25999 standard provides a much needed incentive for organizations around the world to tackle business continuity planning. By its nature, this discipline reaches right through an organization 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.&rdquo;<br /> <br /><em>Business Continuity and BS25999: A Combined Glossary</em> may be purchased online for immediate shipment or downloaded. <br /></p>

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