Almost every market is awash with a tide of rules and regulations. However, keeping afloat safe in the knowledge that you are compliant is no longer good enough.
With the rise in global collaboration and cloud computing, it is in an organisation’s best interest to have a common level of security across the whole supply chain. After all, you are only as strong as your weakest link.
The introduction of a new international business continuity standard, ISO 22301, means that any size of organisation must now provide clarity around its organisational security. But even if you measure up to ISO 22301, can you be sure your supply chain does?
In our view there is a big difference between individual organisations meeting compliance obligations and actively taking the lead on global industry best practice.
On the one hand, you receive certification to say you are compliant but with no guarantee your suppliers will be accredited too. On the other, you can use the best practice approach to drive up industry standards, demonstrate your lead role to customers and reap the commercial rewards of a better market reputation.
Instead of reacting to individual compliance obligations in your home market, setting standards for your supply chain to follow will mean you gain business as your rivals simply try to keep their heads above water.
John Alcock is Lead Security Consultant at Fujitsu UK & Ireland.
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