10 Step Disaster Plan Testing

10 Step Disaster Plan Testing

10 step Disaster Plan Testing

10 step Disaster Plan Testing – Almost every organization has a disaster recovery and business continuity plan on the shelf.  The question that every CIO needs to have answered is will the plan work?

To that end we have defined and documented a testing process that will ensure that a DR/BC plan will work when it is needed after a disaster or business interruption occurs.

The 10 steps are:

  1. Identify people who will participate in the test
  2. Identify the enterprise operations that will be tested
  3. Train people before the test
  4. Establish test objectives
  5. Select test type
    1. A walk through
    2. A desktop
    3. A timed desktop
    4. Live or real time
  6. Document the test plan
  7. Manage pretest administration
  8. Conduct the test
  9. Do a post-test review of successes and failure – implement changes the test
  10. Schedule the next test

Each of these steps is discussed in detail in the Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template.

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Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Plan Template

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Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.