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First-of-its-kind certification course launched in Singapore for business continuity management

Zafar Anjum | Aug. 6, 2010
Singapore Computer Society said new programme is aligned with national objective of disaster recovery planning.

SINGAPORE, 6 AUGUST 2010 - The Singapore Computer Society (SCS) has launched a certification programme for IT business continuity managers, the first of its kind in the world.

The Certification in IT Business Continuity Management (CITBCM) ensures that professionals are equipped to handle the various aspects of IT business continuity management, including disaster recovery planning, said SCS in a statement, explaining the rationale behind the programme.

With the pervasiveness of ICT, we see more and more of an organisation's business (knowledge, rules and processes) being embedded into IT systems, said Alphonsus Pang, president, Singapore Computer Society. Hence, it is of paramount importance to have competent professionals ensure business continuity through the resilience of our IT systems. That is why SCS, as the national body for IT professionals in Singapore, saw a critical need to certify IT business continuity professionals and raise their level of competency and significance of their job role.

Government support

The CITBCM is managed by SCS and supported by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

The programme is mapped to the National Infocomm Competency Framework. Under this facility, candidates can receive funding support under the IDA's Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme.

Business continuity management

According to SCS, CITBCM ensures that professionals are equipped to handle the various aspects of IT business continuity management, including disaster recovery planning.

The government of Singapore is also emphasising disaster recovery planning and BCM.

In November 2008, Professor S. Jayakumar, deputy prime minister and coordinating minister for national security, announced that the Singapore government would be setting aside S$30 million funding for business continuity and disaster recovery initiatives. To drive this, the government has strongly encouraged organisations to embrace BCM as an integral component of their business plans, so as to enhance corporate resilience. SCS said CITBCM is thus aligned with this national objective.

Companies view Singapore as a critical hub in their global operations and IT is a clear enabler of the core functions of business, said Andrew Khaw, senior director, industry development group, IDA. These companies have expressed a need to manage business continuity for corporate resilience at a higher level and we are glad that SCS has responded to this need.

As a certification that covers the three areas of IT environment, infrastructure and business continuity, CITBCM will position Singapore's infocomm industry and manpower to capture more opportunities for Singapore to host critical global operations hubs, he added.


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