April 26, 2017 - How often do you exercise your business continuity plan? Have you ever done so? Most experts recommend testing and exercising (if you read Item #5 you'll see what the difference is) at least once per year for the entire plan. If you're not doing that, here's a question for you: What will you do if any part of the plan doesn't work as conceived? Will your people have the ability and confidence to go with the flow and work their way past the broken parts? The only way to know is to try out the plan and see what happens. You'll find help in this issue.
You can read the transcript or listen to the podcast on training for the unexpected. (Item #1) Can management rely on a business continuity program if employees are unaware of their response and recovery strategies? (Item #2) Even the best plans fall apart without proper implementation so success in plan execution increases exponentially with testing. (Item #3)
Business continuity drills are the key to detect, address, and strengthen that weakest link. (Item #4) What are the different benefits of testing vs exercising your plan? (Item #5) Business continuity plans need to be exercised to strengthen their weaknesses, to improve their overall health, and to improve their sense of wellbeing. (Item #6)
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