We are pleased to announce that Version 4 of the CertiKit ISO22301 Business Continuity Toolkit is now available. All customers currently within support will receive this update free of charge as part of their subscription.
This revision has a heavy emphasis on spreadsheet layout and functionality, with improvements being made to many of the key tools including gap assessments, business impact analysis and risk assessment and treatment.
Our aim in updating our toolkits is to add useful functionality without introducing undue complication (e.g. we never use macros). Many of the improvements are based around the use of Excel Tables (rather than Ranges) which give more options in look and feel and allow supporting items such as data slicers and auto-update charts to be included. We have also paid some attention to how the tables look when they are printed too, with better print layouts and footers.
A new gap assessment has been created which is questionnaire-based and asks a series of questions related to each section of the standard to provide a reasonable understanding of how close to meeting the standard your organization is. This supplements the existing requirements-based gap assessment which is still in the toolkit. Both gap assessments have been reformatted and additional charts added to show how much (or little) work you still have to do to achieve conformity.
For those who purchased the Enhanced Gap Assessment Tool we have revamped this too, adding a number of new charts to present the assessment results in different ways.
This tool has been redesigned to focus on the key information required by the standard and to improve its usability and layout. Up to ten business activities may be analysed in each spreadsheet and information is duplicated where appropriate to avoid the need to type it in multiple times.
The risk assessment and treatment tool has been reformatted with data slicers and additional charts showing the position before and after risk treatment.
We’ve added an agenda for the project kickoff meeting, created presenter notes in the awareness presentation, made the terms used more consistent across documents and corrected any formatting errors and typos we are aware of.
We’ve listened to feedback from some of our customers about our policies and made the language used in some of them stronger e.g. use of the verb “must” rather than “should”.
Finally, we have updated the Implementation Guide to reflect the changes and added a section about recommended documentation structure for smaller organizations (mainly if they want to reduce the number of documents).
This update is part of our schedule of regular maintenance and enhancement aimed at making our toolkits as useful to the customer as we can. As always, we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the improvements in this release. Feedback is very important to us so please keep it coming!
The CertiKit Team