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DHS Adopts ASIS's Private Sector Resilience Standard

By Matthew Harwood

The Department of the Homeland Security (DHS) yesterday adopted ASIS International's Organizational Resilience Standard as part of a program designed to voluntarily bolster the resilience of private organizations during man-made and natural disasters and emergencies.

As part of DHS's Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) program, the ASIS resilience standard helps private organizations tailor a cost-effective, holistic resilience plan to ready themselves for a disruptive event.

"In light of the recent events in the Gulf, the importance of resilience cannot be understated," ASIS International President Joseph R. Granger, CPP, said. "Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a disruption is not enough. Organizations need to be able to assess the potential for a disruption and minimize the likelihood."

The 66-page standard impresses upon an organization's management the need for preparedness.

"Regardless of the organization, its leadership has a duty to stakeholders to plan for its survival," the standard states. "The body of this document provides generic auditable criteria to establish, check, maintain, and improve a management system to enhance prevention, preparedness (readiness), mitigation, response, continuity, and recovery from disruptive incidents."

Aside from the ASIS International standard, DHS also chose standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the British Standards Institution (BSI). In October, the agency said it chose the three standards out of the 25 submitted in 2008 because each of each standard's "scalability, balance of interest, and relevance to PS-Prep."

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