Thursday, December 11, 2014

Testing/Exercising Your Business Continuity Plan

You may have a great plan, but until you test it you won't really know. Not only will exercising the plan let you know how well it works, it also will help your people build confidence and competence in using the plan. In this week's articles, you can find various methods of testing your plans as well as advice on digital testing for cyber plans.

How do you practice responding to an incident that can be caused by any number of different reasons, at any time, and may also result in different impacts occurring depending on its magnitude? (Item #1)   The types of tests we conduct and how we go about them can vary greatly. (Item #2)   So why do organizations continue to place training at the end of a long list of priorities?  (Item #3)

Why use the term "exercise" instead of "test?" (Item #4)   Integration of the various continuity plans, processes and procedures is an essential factor in providing evidence that the enterprise is prepared to weather any disruption. (Item #5)   With the increase of security incidents, organizations can practice regular ‘digital fire drills,' to be prepared for when the inevitable attack or breach does occur. (Item #6)

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