Many publications go on and on about the importance of standards and they focus on achieving full technical compliance. But beyond that, they don’t tell why a standard can be so helpful. Does your company plan to be “standard compliant”? You might say ‘no’ because you’re not thinking along those lines, but think about it this way: How can you use standards to truly build a program? This workshop answers that question.
This workshop will examine ways to use business continuity standards as a general program development tool, as opposed to a “standards compliance” tool. We will explore two of the most commonly used standards (ISO 22031 and NFPA 1600) to ensure full understanding of what they are (and aren’t), but this workshop is focused on using those standards in a very down-to-earth way:
- What standards don’t tell you about your program that you really need to know.
- How standards can be leveraged within an environment where they are not mandated.
- How to use standards to promote business continuity with your executives.
- How to use standards effectively as an informal benchmark for overall program development.
This fast-paced workshop is not intended to provide an in-depth analysis of specific provisions of either ISO 22301 or NFPA 1600, nor is it designed to prepare you to conduct an audit (or to be audited). Our goal is to take a step back and consider industry standards from the perspective of business continuity practitioners working in a non-regulated environment who are always looking for more and better ways to move their program forward.