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UK Cabinet Office publishes new guidance on critical infrastructure resiliency

The UK government’s Cabinet Office has released ‘Keeping the Country Running: Natural Hazards and Infrastructure’, a new guide to critical infrastructure resiliency.

The Cabinet Office says that the guide ‘will support infrastructure owners and operators, emergency responders, industry groups, regulators, and government departments, to work together to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure and essential services.’

Divided into four sections, Keeping the Country Running: Natural Hazards and Infrastructure ‘sets out the principles underpinning infrastructure resilience and provides advice and practical guidance on risk assessment for natural hazards, standards of resilience, corporate governance, information sharing and the role for economic regulators.’

Sections include:

  • Identifying and assessing risks from natural hazards;
  • Standards of resilience;
  • Business continuity and corporate governance;
  • Guidance for economic regulated sectors;
  • Information sharing; and
  • Understanding dependencies.

The section on business continuity (chapter five) includes guidance on how business continuity management ‘can be used to ensure continuity of essential services and embed resilience within an organisation to create organisational resilience in the face of all kinds of risks of disruption.’

The various sections can be downloaded as PDFs from here.

•Date: 25th October 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article • Topic: Critical intrastructure protection

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