The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has adopted the ASIS American National Standard for Organizational Resilience for its Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) Program. The ANSI/ASIS SPC.1-2009 Standard, titled “Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness and Continuity Management Systems—Requirements with Guidance for Use,” provides a holistic approach to cost-effectively improve any organization’s resilience and preparedness performance.
“In light of the recent events in the Gulf, the importance of resilience cannot be understated,” says ASIS International President Joseph R. (Bob) Granger, CPP. “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. They also need to adapt to an ever-changing environment.”
One of only three preparedness standards included in PS-Prep, the ASIS standard takes an enterprise-wide view of risk management, enabling an organization to develop a comprehensive strategy to prevent when possible, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from a disruptive incident. 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.