DHS Adopts ASIS's Private Sector Resilience Standard

By Matthew Harwood

The ASIS standard, however, differs from the two other important standards in one way.

"It is the only American National Standard in the PS-Prep program that is 100 percent compatible with existing ISO management system standards, enabling a cost-saving integrated application with other internationally recognized ISO management system standards," an ASIS International press release stated.

DHS's adoption of the PS-Prep standards fulfills a 9-11 Commission recommendation that required the department to establish a common set of criteria for private-sector preparedness in disaster management, emergency management, and business continuity.

"Private organizations across the country—from businesses to universities to non-profit organizations—have a vital role to play in bolstering our disaster preparedness and response capabilities," Napolitano said in a statement. "These new standards will provide our private sector partners with the tools they need to enhance the readiness and resiliency of our nation."

DHS will continue to accept comments on the PS-Prep program as well as proposals to adopt another similar standard to promote private sector resilience during a disaster.

NOTE: If your organization is interested in building a resiliency program or complying with the PS-Prep criteria, ASIS is offering a two-and-a-half-day class on Organizational Resilience: Implementing and Auditing the ANSI/ASIS American National Standard. Attendees will learn to implement the ANSI/ASIS standard, identify necessary steps to establish and maintain an organizational resilience management system, understand the conduct of risk assessments and impact analysis to support decision making for resilience, and establish an effective internal auditing program to evaluate and improve performance.

♦ Screenshot of ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard


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