What is Business Continuity Management in ISO 27001

Explore the vital role of Business Continuity Management (BCM) in safeguarding businesses from threats using ISO 27001. Learn about Annex A.17's critical controls and the importance of BCM for uninterrupted operations.
What is Business Continuity Management in ISO 27001

Businesses today face an array of threats, from cyber risks to unforeseen disruptions, making it crucial to safeguard their operations and assets. Within ISO 27001 (Information Security Management System), Business Continuity Management (BCM) plays a pivotal role in identifying potential risks and developing strategies to ensure uninterrupted operations during emergencies.

BCM encompasses risk assessment, preventive measures, responsive actions, and recovery planning, with specific controls detailed in Annex A.17 of ISO 27001. This article delves into Annex A.17, outlining the four critical controls it encompasses and shedding light on the significance of business continuity management in today’s business landscape.

What is Annex A.17?

Annex A.17 serves as a guideline for policies and controls related to an organisation’s business operations continuity concerning its information systems. It outlines the strategies to ensure the continuity of informational assets, data, and systems. It also establishes a disaster recovery plan.

Exploring the Annex A.17 controls

Annex A.17 comprises four crucial controls:

Information security continuity (A.17.1):

This control domain focuses on developing, implementing, and maintaining an information security system that incorporates continuity into the company’s business continuity program. It consists of three sub-controls:

  • Planning information security continuity (A.17.1.1): Organisations must establish recovery plans to prevent or mitigate potential uncertainties.
  • Implementing information security continuity (A.17.1.2): This control mandates the implementation and maintenance of procedures to ensure the desired level of security continuity.
  • Verify, review, and evaluate information security continuity (A.17.1.3): Regular evaluation, testing and incident response are essential to ensure the effectiveness of control measures.

Redundancies (A.17.2):

The goal of this control is to enhance the reliability and availability of information process systems while minimising complexity. It ensures continuity of information security in the face of disasters or technical failures through redundancy testing, documentation for audit purposes and periodic testing.

The significance of business continuity management

Business continuity planning (BCP) in ISO 27001 is integral to organisations as it enables the sustained operation of critical management processes during emergencies or unexpected disruptions. It involves risk assessment, planning, and preparation to mitigate the impact of disruptions on operations, products, or services.

By adopting BCM, businesses can:

  • Recover quickly from disasters, ensuring operational continuity and customer satisfaction.
  • Safeguard their reputation and brand by demonstrating resilience and adaptability.
  • Ensure prompt recovery and restoration of functionality.

Effective BCM incorporates risk assessment and evaluation, focusing on safeguarding the availability, confidentiality, and integrity of information systems.

How Citation Certification can assist

For organisations seeking ISO 27001 certification, Citation Certification offers valuable support. We are dedicated to helping organisations understand the information security aspects and minimise risks to protect their information assets’ integrity. Contact us to initiate the journey towards ISO 27001 certification and enhanced information security continuity.

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