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This morning I decided to take a look at the BSI’s website to see what they were currently saying about Business Continuity and BS 25999. It’s been some time since I’ve looked at this, and was quite amazed at all the resources, advice, products, news, and services on Business Continuity that can now be obtained from the BSI through their TalkingBusinessContinuity website, which is presented as “the comprehensive resource on business continuity management”.

Rather than being the UK’s national standards body, the BSI appears to be positioning itself into the organisation that you would turn to for advice, help, and resources on Business Continuity. In other words, it appears to be setting itself up as a direct competitor to all those other organisations that provide similar services. Is this what the BSI is for?

According to the BSI’s website, “The main objective of the BSI is to publish and proliferate standards and standardisation both domestically and internationally.” Is becoming the leading authority on Business Continuity a secondary objective? Does this compromise its role as a standards body?

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