The ‘Beast from the East’ – how did your organisation fare?

With bitterly cold weather and heavy snowfall causing widespread travel chaos across Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe last week, many organisations were forced to close their doors.

The Irish government issued a red alert on Thursday and Friday and urged the public to remain indoors until Friday evening, meaning many companies had to close. As this was the second red alert in 12 months that caused organisations to close and ultimately lose revenue, perhaps it is time for Irish businesses to invest in a business continuity and disaster recovery plan.

ISO 22301 is the international standard that sets out the requirements all organisations should follow for a robust and successful business continuity management system (BCMS).

Many people use technology such as laptops for work. Some may work from home by accessing their company email or, in some cases, their entire company network. If employees are supplied with a secured company laptop which connects to their secure network via a VPN, this shouldn’t be an issue. However, if this is not the case, accessing confidential company files on personal unsecured laptops can put company details at risk and cause IT managers sleepless nights. This underlines the need to build security controls into your business continuity plans.

ISO 27001 is the international standard that describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS). Combined with ISO 22301, it will leave your organisation in a positive position should you encounter unexpected and unplanned downtime.

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