Why standards, and why now?

Business continuity standards are getting a lot of attention these days, and even more after yesterday’s announcement by the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) that AT&T has become the first private company to be certified to under PS-Prep.

As you know, PS-Prep is the voluntary partnership between DHS and the private sector for emergency preparedness certification. The program was created to provide common standards for the private sector to align to, with the goal to ensure better business continuity and disaster preparedness. It’s a voluntary program, and although there are lots of great reasons to adopt a standard, many companies hesitate to commit the time and resources.

Even if your business doesn’t align to a standard today, sooner or later the companies you do business with are likely to require that yours does too. Regulated industries, like finance and government, must certify to a standard, and to protect their supply chain, they often require their vendors to align to a standard too.

Should your business align to a standard? If so, which one? That’s where we can help. We gathered a team of BC standard experts, including our own Ann Pickren, to produce the Concise Guide to Business Continuity Standards. Download the guide today and get the basics on PS-Prep and BC standards.