ASACERT certifies companies’ continuity management systems, designed to ensure business continuity even in troubles and unforeseen circumstances, safeguarding staff and stakeholders. Attention is paid in particular to the organizations operating in high risk environments such as finance, telecommunications, transport and public administration, where the ability to ensure the continuity of operations is critical to the organization, its customers and concerned parties.
The continuity in service or products delivery is a good with an economical value and so it must be adequately protected from many threats in order to ensure the regular development of the business activities, to minimize economical or image damages to the company and maximize the return of investments.
In order to ensure this operative continuity it is necessary to implement an appropriate set of measures, like policies, operative practices, procedures and organized structures, that allow the company to reach its objectives of operative continuity. New-economy and globalization have led to considerable acceleration in trade through electrical supports (typical ones are banking, insurance, and finance) and to an increasing dependence of the organizations upon critical infrastructures (energy, ICT, Finance, transports, ecc.) and upon outsourcers, to whom are often demanded important processes.
Today more than ever it is fundamental to established a management system for operative continuity that can ensure the survival to the company in the event of a disruption in operations and the resumption of critical activities within predetermined time and manner.
The advantage of having an Operative Certified Continuity Management System, in addition to the competitive value, is to be assessed by an independent third party. Actually, unlike other management systems (quality, environment, security, ecc.), the subject of the assessment includes a documentary and operational structure that will hopefully have few opportunities to be used in practice, but only tested through exercises that enable the validation of the system subject to certification.