When you started your organisation you had the business’s core values and aims in mind but did you consider security and protection? Chances are, you aren’t an expert in International Standards of Organisation so you’re probably confused about where to start in protecting your organisation against unwanted disruption.

There was nothing more disruptive than COVID-19 19 and now we’ve hit a cost of living crisis, it’s never been more important to protect your business so that in the event of a disaster, it can still continue with core operations and thrive and this is where IS0 22301 comes in.

We are Creative Networks, experts in the field, and we’re here to tell you all about ISO 22301 and how we can help you and your organisation implement the standard to protect its future.

What is ISO 22301?

ISO 22301, on the other hand, is centred around business continuity management. It provides a framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving a Business Continuity Management System within your organisation. The main objective of ISO 22301 is to help businesses, like yours, prepare for and respond to disruptive incidents, ensuring the continuity of critical business functions.

This essential part of operational planning is the very aspect that will keep your business operating when faced with difficult situations that are outside of its control, helping you to maintain your business integrity. At Creative Networks, we offer a dual service that gives you the processes needed to pass ISO 22301 and the daily IT infrastructure that facilitates safe operations and we can help you get your ISO 22301 certification.

With business continuity procedures in place, things that we out of your control could have a detrimental effect on your business. Things such as another pandemic, the existing cost of living crisis and any other problems that arise could cause businesses of all sizes to be drastically shaken.

The benefits of ISO 22301 to your organisation

ISO 22301 is designed to be applicable to organisations of all sizes and industries. It provides a systematic and structured approach to business continuity management, helping organisations enhance their resilience and minimize the impact of disruptions. While it isn’t a complete solution, it almost is, when done correctly, which is why getting professional help will be beneficial.

Certification to ISO 22301 is voluntary but can be sought by organisations to demonstrate their commitment to business continuity and to assure stakeholders, customers, and partners of their ability to manage disruptions effectively, not to mention for future protection of your business.

Is Cyber Essentials the same as ISO 22301?

Is Cyber Essentials the same as ISO 22301? Not quite but they’re similar. Cyber Essentials is great for smaller companies or newer organisations looking to take the first steps into safe online operations. The cost is lower, but there are some added responsibilities if you want to meet the same level of operating safety as ISO 22301. However, with the right team members and support from an IT agency, complete online safety can be achieved.

The key elements of ISO 22301

ISO 22301 is an international standard for business continuity management. Published by the International Organization for Standardization and here are the key elements of the standard:

  • Scope and applicability: clearly defining the scope of the business continuity management standard (BCMS) and determining its applicability to the organisation’s activities.
  • Leadership and commitment: ensure top management’s commitment to the BCMS and establish a policy for business continuity in the event of disruption.
  • Planning: it involves identifying and assessing potential threats and impacts of the business to develop strategies and plans that will ensure the continuity of critical activities.
  • Support: providing the necessary resources, training and awareness to support BCMS in an organisation.
  • Operation: the process of implementing and executing the business continuity plans, as well as monitoring and reviewing performance regularly to ensure its effectiveness.
  • Performance evaluation: monitoring, measuring, analysing and evaluating the performance of the BCMS to ensure its effectiveness and continual improvement in the event of changes or new threats.
  • Improvement: taking corrective actions and making improvements based on the results of performance evaluation and changes to the organisation’s context.

We understand this can seem overwhelming and difficult for organisations to understand where to start and this is where the experts in the industry can help. By outsourcing to Creative Networks, you’re allowing us to take care of the technicalities of implementing these security measures properly.

Security standards certification

Security standards certification

Organisations, just like yours, can get certification for compliance with this standard, as well as others such as ISO 27001. Doing this demonstrated to others that your organisation has implemented and maintains effective management systems in the respective areas and is a trusted and reliable organisation to invest in or use.

At Creative Networks, we are big believers that ISO compliance implementation has the power to transform cyber security for all businesses. With that in mind, we are sure you want to know how to secure this highly awarded ISO certification and we’re here to help. ISO compliance is what we do and we know it very well.   

In terms of our ISO 22301 services, we can help with any stage of implementation of long-term management. The process can be managed internally but by working with an external agency full of experts like ours, you are adding a specialist set of eyes. This can be the difference between an issue being captured and one slipping through the net and causing your business problems.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should obtain an ISO 22301 certification for your business:

  • Enhanced resilience against potential threats
  • Improved risk management
  • Increased credibility for customers and stakeholders
  • Competitive advantage as it instills a higher level of trust and confidence from outsiders
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Operational efficiency
  • Cost savings as it avoids potential financial hazards in the future
  • Continuous improvement and resolutions.

Creative Networks: who are we?

Creative Networks: who are we?

So, who are we? We are Creative Networks, a company established in 2005 by the current managing director after having worked in the industry for many years. It became apparent that the way forward for businesses was to offer managed services, with a focus on making businesses more efficient, rather than using untrained staff members or having to employ or train staff in areas that aren’t core to the business.

Creative Networks has embraced changes in the IT sector for over 15 years and continues to do so today, whilst helping businesses function better. Shortly after inception, we were met with steady growth whilst working closely in the automotive, professional services and manufacturing sectors.

Maintaining industry standards is vital to us and our customers can vouch for us. We have helped many organisations work more efficiently and safely to maintain a good reputation whilst they focus on their business’s main objectives. Meet our leadership team to get to know more about who we are and what we do and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Why choose to outsource?

Why choose to outsource? There are so many benefits to choosing a professional organisation to oversee your business’s processes and here are just some of them:

  • Expertise in an area that you aren’t familiar with
  • Saves you from having to train or employ people to do the job
  • Frees you and your employees up to focus on the business’s main core values
  • Is good value for money
  • Provides you with peace of mind
  • Reduced operational costs
  • Minimise downtime
  • Ensures your company’s needs are met
  • Improved IT support business-wide.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about ISO 22301. In short, this standard is your business’s lifeline and helps to protect it from future threats as none of us know what the future holds, particularly for businesses. Don’t try to do it all on your own and get help from professionals and entrust Creative Network with the protection and continuity of your organisation.

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