New podcast: Why do we need to exercise our business continuity plans?

ITGP has focused on business continuity and its author of the month, Robert Clark, throughout November. Listen to and read interviews with Robert and receive discounts on business continuity products from the ITGP website.

In our final business continuity podcast, Robert reads a sample from his book Validating Your Business Continuity Plan. This extract emphasises the importance of exercising completed BCPs (business continuity plans).

Listen here.


The benefits of exercising your BCP

• Provides an opportunity to make any amendments or additions to reflect those aspects of the BCP that did not perform as well as expected.
• Authenticates the strategies used to develop the BCP while verifying that existing business priorities have been acknowledged.
• Confirms that recovery time objectives can be met.
• Trains employees, including their deputies, in their respective business continuity roles and responsibilities.
• Improves business continuity awareness within the organisation.
• Increases stakeholder confidence in the organisation’s ability to respond to an incident.
• Achieves buy-in and plan ownership from the business areas.
• Assesses whether any organisational changes can be accommodated within the constraints of the current business continuity arrangements.
• Tests those components that require a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ result, such as generators.
• Ensures that ICT disaster recovery plans can meet recovery time objectives, especially for multiple system failures.

Validating Your Business Continuity Plan

This book examines the three essential components of validating a business continuity plan: exercising, maintenance and review. It outlines a controlled and systematic approach to BCP validation while considering each component, covering methods and techniques such as table-top reviews, workshops and live rehearsals.

Receive a 20% discount on all Robert’s ITGP books

This is your last chance to get 20% off Robert’s books. Use discount code BCM20 at the ITGP checkout.

Robert’s ITGP books are:
Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat
Validating Your Business Continuity Plan
In Hindsight – A compendium of Business Continuity case studies