August 7, 2019 - If you're not, you should be planning to do so. Once you have your plan, you need to see if it will work as you think it will. Better to find out now that someone in a key role will freak out than wait until that individual does so in a crisis. Or, if there are a couple of steps missing, wouldn't it be better to find out now that in a critical situation? Silly question, right? Testing/exercising your plan will help you determine if your plan might be successful, but even any failures will teach you something.
How will your business respond if faced with a natural disaster, a cyberthreat or an active shooter scenario? (Item #1) It's only through a failover that you'll shake out the bugs and ensure that your alternate facility or alternate processing capability accounts for all the actual interdependencies. (Item #2) You need to thoroughly scrutinize how well your plan performs and allow enough time to resolve any issues before they impact the ability to restore operations in case of an emergency. (Item #3)
Exercising is, to this author, about enhancing capabilities, your people and the resources they need to have to respond effectively and confidently in situations they have never fully experienced before. (Item #4) This article attempts to provide some guidelines for developing and administering employee awareness training programs in organizations. (Item #5) Regardless of whether you call it a test or a drill, these lessons learned, tips and recommendations will enable you to develop and facilitate value-adding business continuity exercises. (Item #6)
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