Monitoring and testing is the final step in the cyclical business continuity planning process. This step helps to ensure that the organizations business continuity planning process remains viable.
Testing, to ensure and validate the accuracy, completeness, viability of the Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is a critical and essential step in the disaster recovery planning process, especially in light of recent, catastrophic global events.
BCP testing continues to receive, and justifiable so, increased attention within all industry sectors, as testing can be used to substantiate the validity and the viability of the BCP.
Part 5 of this series examines the means and the methods to validating the viability of an organizations BCP through ongoing monitoring and testing.
After completing Part 5 of this course, participants will be able to:
- Recognize the need to incorporate the BIA and risk assessment into the testing program.
- Develop a framework for an enterprise-wide testing program.
- Determine the appropriate assignment of roles and responsibilities for implementation of the testing program.
- Evaluate the success of the testing program and the generated test results.
- Appraise revisions to the BCP and testing program based upon changes in business operations, audit and examination recommendations, and test results.
- Assess that the breadth and depth of the testing activities are commensurate with the importance of the business process to the organization.
- Compared test results against the BCP to identify any gaps between the testing program and business continuity guidelines.
- Consult and seek endorsement on the organizations emergency response, continuity and recovery strategies from management and other appropriate personnel.
- Demonstrate accountability for the organizations business continuity plans.