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Are You Really Prepared? Who Says So?

Written by  AL BERMAN, CBCP, MBCI October 1, 2009

Over the last two years there has been a great deal of noise surrounding programs designed to certify the preparedness of private sector entities. The two most popular certifications seem to be BS25999, a standard developed by the British Standards Institute that “has been developed to help you minimize the risk of such disruptions” and PL 110-53, The Private Sector Preparedness Act Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. While there are others, most notably the Singapore Standard for Business Continuity Management, for the sake of this article we will focus on the BS25999 and PL-110-53. Regardless of which standard (or standards, as will be designated under PL 110-43) the value of the certification will be greatly dependent upon the quality of those administering the certification and their credentials. These “certifying bodies” will determine whether the cost, effort and risk (yes there is substantial risk in attempting to be

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