Managing public events with hundreds or thousands of people is a challenge, as disruptions of these events may result in huge material losses or even loss of life. We face the classical situation where disruptions may lead to unforeseeable consequences. As such, a business continuity approach based on ISO 22301 appears to be a powerful […]
Author Archive for: Dr. Wolfgang H. Mahr
About Dr. Wolfgang H. Mahr
Dr. Wolfgang Mahr has over 20 years of experience in consulting and project management in the ICT environment and during the last 20 years has specialized in the field of Business Continuity Management.
He is experienced in IT governance, information security, business management, marketing, account and product management, in professional education as an author of educational content and international speaker.
He further has extensive experience in the international environment, and in organizational, process and technology consulting. He worked for companies of various sizes. His capabilities include the analysis of complex business and technical situations, processes and systems and solution design. He is fluent in German, English and French.
Professional publications, a blog, and lectures at international conferences support the exchange of ideas and further development of current BCM issues. He is member of global standards committees (ISO TC 292, CEN TC 391) and a past president of the BCI Swiss Chapter (2011 to 2014). He holds a PhD degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University Vienna, Austria, has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from GSBA Zurich, is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is a long-time member of the Business Continuity Institute (FBCI) from which he received a BCI Achievement Award in 2014. He is a certified BCI and PECB trainer.
Entries by Dr. Wolfgang H. Mahr
Learn here about the possible sequence of ISO 27001/22301 implementation and see what are the important decision criteria. Implementing ISO management system standards, even with the help of toolkits and consultants may be a challenging task. In practice, sometimes it seems appropriate to enhance preparedness and protection in several areas of an organization, covering multiple […]
Confusion about mixing up business continuity management and information security or IT disaster recovery is widespread. Let’s set things straight. For outsiders, it’s not easy to distinguish the specific purposes of business continuity (BCM), information security (IS) and IT disaster recovery (IT DR). All three areas have something to do with “security”, “losses”, “disasters” and […]
Learn how ISO 22316 complements the standards on BCM (ISO 22301) and information security (ISO 27001), enhancing organizational resilience. Do we really need this new approach? What’s actually new? Both management systems standards on information security (ISO 27001) and business continuity (ISO 22301), while trying to encompass the whole organization, still lack components and dimensions […]
Learn on this real life example how business continuity implementation based on ISO 22301 not only protect s the organization, but also their customers. All of a sudden hundreds or thousands of people might be in need… Business continuity protects an organization from the impacts of business disruptions. The goal is to provide a certain […]
After long discussions, and work in a special ad-hoc committee, delegates agreed on the following core definition: …”the ability to absorb and adapt” (in a complex environment) This core definition might be enhanced with specific text, as the one in above brackets. It reflects two crucial abilities: the organism is resilient if the sudden or […]
Learn the difference between incidents and events as well as how different ISO standards (e.g. ISO 27001, ISO 20000, ISO 22301,…etc.) approach incident management Management system standards, especially those dealing with security and interruptions of business processes use the term incident management. As these management system standards deal with different aspects of managing business processes […]
Erfahren Sie, mit welchen Komponenten Ihr Business Continuity Ansatz kontinuierlich verbessert werden kann: Festlegen des Umfangs, Lernen und Ausbildung, Engagement des Managements, externe Beurteilung sowie weitere Komponenten sind entscheidend. „…eine volle Implementation stellt recht hohe Ansprüche an die Organisation“ Wie mit jedem ISO Management Standard, ist auch bei ISO 22301 das Ignorieren eines kontinuierlichen Verbesserungsprozesses […]
As with any other ISO management standard, not improving is not an option in ISO 22301. Best results can be achieved if improvements are applied to different aspects of the BCM approach. What improvement area or areas may have high priority is mainly dictated by the actual situation of the organization. Not advancing is slipping […]
Not an easy job The Business Continuity Management (BCM) manager plays a pivotal role in the implementation of a BCM approach. As such, the role faces multiple challenges, from both top management and key process owners within the organization. As BCM is considered to be a cost factor in the first place, proper funding and commitment […]