The Disaster Recovery Handbook: A Step-by-Step Plan to Ensure Business Continuity and Protect Vital Operations, Facilities, and Assets

By Michael Wallace; Lawrence Webber | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 13
TESTING YOUR PLANS
Test Test Test

Action is the foundational key to all success.

— Pablo Picasso


INTRODUCTION
Writing a recovery plan is only half of the challenge. The second half, the real challenge, is to periodically test it. Everyone can relate to writing a recovery plan. “Testing” a plan sounds like you do not trust it. Testing requires expensive technician time, the equipment and facility resources to conduct a test, and the expertise to plan the exercise. Gathering all of this into one place can be difficult.Arranging for expensive technician time was tough enough to secure for writing the plans. The most knowledgeable people are usually the busiest. Getting them to give the time to sit down long enough to test a plan is difficult— yet essential. Testing validates that a recovery plan will work. A plan that is tested has a much higher possibility of succeeding over a plan that has never been proven. The many benefits to testing include:
Demonstrating that a plan works.
Validating plan assumptions.
Identifying unknown contingencies.
Verifying resource availability.
Training team members for their recovery roles.
Determining the true length of recovery time, and ultimately the ability to achieve the desired company RTO.

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