March 6, 2019 - A recent survey indicated that about 2/3 of the businesses that have continuity plans do not test them. Are you one of these businesses? If you don't test the plan, you will never be sure it will work as expected. There don't have to be elaborate scenarios or schemes; even simple tabletop testing will help you determine if things will go as planned. This week's articles provide some help with testing and training.
How will your business respond if faced with a natural disaster, a cyberthreat or an active shooter scenario? (Item #1) There are a variety of methods you can utilize to test the usability and effectiveness of your Business Continuity Plan. (Item #2) This article looks at the objectives, format, and scenario of business continuity exercises, and explains why scenarios are not the most important factor when planning an exercise. (Item #3)
Business continuity planning must be a process---not a one-time task. (Item #4) This article addresses several issues in an attempt to provide some guidelines for developing and administering employee awareness training programs in organizations. (Item #5) Without training, employees cannot be expected to know what is written in your plans, which hazards they could face, or how to respond to emergency situations. (Item #6)
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