LET'S LOOK AT THE RECENT CONDITIONS IN THE CENTRAL EUROPE REGION. WE WILL GIVE A FEW EXAMPLES OF EVENTS THAT MAY ALSO AFFECT YOUR ORGANIZATION OR BUSINESS:
Covid 19 (SARS-CoV-2) - Global Pandemic (Multiple Tribes) - December 2019/Present
Tornado in Moravia (wind speed 219 km/h) - massively damaged 6 villages, loss of life, dozens injured - June 2021
Outages of electricity supply (north-western Slovakia) - after storms without electricity 4200 households and other consumption points - June 2021
Floods in the whole territory of Slovakia (3rd degree of flood activity - highest: Nové Zámky - north, Žarnovica, Banská Bystrica, Košice surroundings - Hornád and Trebišov - Rožňava…) - May 2021
Outage of internet services (mobile infrastructure's optical infrastructure) - inaccessible areas throughout Slovakia (also outages of other telecommunications services) - September 2020
Groats in several places in Slovakia (with a diameter of 5 cm and more) - diameter 8 cm, June 27, 2019, Košice - June 2019
A BIT OF HISTORY
The topic of continuity is closely related to the requirements for the availability of services provided, but also processes. And, of course, with the losses that this unavailability can cause.
In the 1970s, the term Disaster Recovery began to resonate in the IT world. This was mainly the security of data centers (e.g. Sungard Availability Services, Sri Lanka, 1978). At that time, it was crucial to focus on the so-called "hot" (mandatory: full duplication), "warm" (mandatory: backup of selected processes) and "cold" (mandatory: alternative space).
With the rapid development of almost all sectors, there has also been a development and need for a systems approach.
In 2007, the BSI (British Standards Institution) published BS 25999-2, which is considered to be the basis of the current approach to continuity management. As we know it in quality management systems, information security and others.
ISO 22301 was first published in 2012. It was also the first standard to fully adopt the new Unified High Level Structure format (HLS = 10-chapter structure, which already uses all ISO standards focused on management systems).
ISO 22301 defines the requirements for a business continuity management system.
These requirements are applicable to all organizations or parts of organizations, regardless of the type, size and nature of the organization.
In 2019, the wording of ISO 22301 was revised. Some requirements have been deleted and selected formulations have been modified at the same time. The changes (ISO/TC 292) aimed in particular at simplification, clarity and practical applicability.
STN EN ISO 22301
The publication of the Slovak translation ISO 22301 is planned for August 2021.
UNMS AND ISO SUPPORT
Both organizations (UNMS - Office for Standardization, Metrology and Testing), in connection with COVID-19, have made available several technical standards free of charge, for example:
ISO 22301:2019, Security and resilience - Business continuity management systems - Requirements
ISO/PAS 45005: 2020 Occupational health and safety management - General guidelines for safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic
Author: Martin Kašša, processor of STN EN ISO 22301
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