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Standards, Resilience and the Future of BCM

Written by  JOHN B. COPENHAVER, MBCI October 13, 2011

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt of an interview with John B. Copenhaver, MBCI, discussing his passion for community resilience and his views on the current state of business continuity management. One of the key developments affecting BCM in recent years has been the emergence of numerous national business continuity standards. What is your view on standards and do you believe an ISO standard is important? I have changed my opinion on this. I used to be a strong supporter of a single global standard, but now I am not sure. While I believe an ISO standard would be helpful, my concern is that the focus on standards is a focus on symptoms rather than the underlying illness. We have been talking for years about how to get the attention of top management, what methodologies to use, what the right

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