Business continuity planning is a process of continual improvement, not a matter of writing a plan and then putting your feet up. Attempting to validate every aspect of your plan, however – particularly in a live rehearsal situation – could create a disaster of your own making.
Validating Your Business Continuity Plan examines the three essential components of validating a business continuity plan – exercising, maintenance and review – and 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.
The book also takes account of industry standards and guidelines to help steer the reader through the validation process, including the international standard ISO 22301 and the Business Continuity Institute’s Good Practice Guidelines.
In addition, it provides a number of case studies based on the author’s considerable experience – some of them successful, others less so – to highlight common pitfalls and problems associated with the validation process.
When a disruptive incident strikes, make sure your business continuity plan will be effective.
2: Standards and guidelines
3: Business continuity begins at home
4: Defining your exercise programme
5: Selected scenarios
6: Live rehearsal case studies
7: It could happen to anyone, couldn't it?
8: Maintaining your BCMS
9: Reviewing your BCMS
10: Performance appraisal
11: Using consultants to help you exercise
12: Training and education
13: Additional reference material