BS 25999 (Definition)

BS 25999 is the British standard for Business Continuity Management. It is split into two parts:

  1. BS 25999-1 is a code of practice, providing general guidance on the processes, principles, and terminology used in Business Continuity.
  2. BS 25999-2 provides a formal set of requirements for implementing a Business Continuity Management System.

BS 25999-2 was important, as it was the first standard for Business Continuity that an organization could actually be audited against. A company could thus say it that it was BS 25999 compliant, rather like it might say its quality standards were ISO 9000 compliant.

BS 25999-2 was replaced by International Standard ISO 22301:2012, Societal Security — Business Continuity Management Systems — Requirements.

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