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Data security is the protection of data from many threats to ensure business continuity, minimize business risks and maximize return on investment and business opportunities.

Business continuity management is a holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organization and the business impacts that these threats, if materialized, may pose. It provides a framework for developing an organization’s resilience through the ability to operate effectively that safeguards the interests, reputation, brand, and value-creating activities of its key stakeholders (Source: ISO 22301: 2012).

The International Business Continuity Management Standard ISO 22301 is a widely regarded standard that refers to and provides a framework for the organization and management of a business continuity program. Implementing a program based on this standard will serve the organization well in achieving its goal of protecting society from events, emergencies, and disasters caused by intentional and unintentional human actions, natural hazards, and technical failures. All of its hazards cover adaptive, proactive, and reactive strategies at all stages before, during, and after a disruption event.

As I began to move toward security and business continuity in my day-to-day work, I decided to study and participate in the ISO / IEC 22301 Business Continuity Management Foundation degree.

I am now so happy and grateful that I passed ISO 22301 business continuity management system. I thought I would share my experience on this blog to help you prepare for and clear this exam successfully.

In this exam I got 40 questions, and the total time for this experiment is only 60 minutes. You have approx 1.5 minutes per question to answer, otherwise time will run out, so be careful !!! To pass this exam, you must answer 26 questions correct, reflective 65% make. The questions correspond pretty much to the skills measured below.

Certificate based on EXIN Business Continuity Foundation ISO 22301 is created for those who are involved in or interested in implementing business continuity in their organization. This includes CEOs, CIOs, security officers and quality managers. It is also interesting for operational managers, developers and technical teams.

The EXIN Business Continuity Foundation exam is based on ISO 22301 is intended for all members of the organization who participate in the business continuity program. For example, individuals involved in business continuity management, or individuals who want to gain insight into the core processes of business continuity management systems (BCMS), or individuals interested in pursuing a career in business continuity management and developing a business impact analysis method.

This test measures your ability to complete the topics listed below based on the latest EXIN update:

Organizational background (20%)

  • Organization and its context
  • Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)

Leadership (15%)

  • Management commitment and practice
  • Roles and responsibilities

Planning and support (15%)

Usage (40%)

  • Planning and management
  • Business impact analysis and risk assessment
  • Strategy and procedures

Performance evaluation and improvement (10%)

  • Training, testing, monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation
  • Improvement

The main success in passing this test is working with security and business continuity on a regular basis, and in particular with ISO 22301 and ISO 27001 standards. Don’t take this exam lightly, you need to study really well.

I recommend to prepare for this exam Instructor-led classroom instruction. You will find a list of accredited training providers here. You can also order the following exam preparation book: Becoming sustainable – a clear guide to implementing ISO 22301 – a clear step-by-step handbook for business continuity in English.

Additional reading is International Organization for Standardization ISO 22313: 2012, Social security – Business continuity management systems – Guide ISO, Switzerland, Geneva, 2012.

If you are going to take this exam … I wish you all the best and good study !!!

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-Charbel Nemnom-

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