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The Ultimate Guide to Business Continuity Testing

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This guide outlines a complete set of practical methods for business continuity testing.

Overview

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Formulating a business continuity plan (BCP) is only half the battle. A solid BC strategy needs more than just a well-laid out theory. How well does your plan hold up in a real-world disaster? Business continuity plan testing is the most reliable way to find out, and it is a critical component of continuity planning. By skipping regular testing, you won’t know if your organization is prepared for a disaster—until it’s too late.

Testing in Numbers

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Testing your business continuity program allows you to validate your BC plan and manage risks. In fact, 88% of companies test BCP’s at their companies to identify gaps, and 63% of them do that to validate their plans. Business continuity testing isn’t about pass or fail. It’s about continuous improvement by learning fromfindings uncovered in a live exercise.

Can your backup systems withstand a cyberattack? How efficient is your recovery time objective (RTO) for restoring data? Are your employees familiar with emergency procedures? Do you have an emergency communication strategy to let everyone know about an incident immediately?

Business continuity plan testing is the most reliable way to find out, and it is a critical component of continuity planning. By skipping regular testing, you won’t know if your organization is prepared for a disaster—until it’s too late.

 

Download our Ultimate Guide to Business Continuity Testing to get more actionable advice on everything from the frequency of testing and its reasons for getting your leadership involved in business continuity planning.