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Alright boys and girls, time to put your pencils down – we are taking a TEST! These may have been some of the scariest words you have ever had to hear. Personally, I will be thrilled if I never have to take another test and I know very few people who look forward to doing so.
However, I feel very differently about a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) test. It’s a test you really can’t fail. Essentially, the fact that you are completing the test is a victory in itself. If your company has gone through the process of creating a BCP and you’re not testing it, then more than likely you have a plan that will not work how you intended. So, what was the point of creating it in the first place?
Tests come in a few shapes and sizes as you will see below. It is up to you and your organization to determine which test you want to use and who should be involved:
Once you’ve tested your Business Continuity Plan, it’s recommended that you formally document the results of that test. These results should be shared with those involved in the BCP and allow for their input. We all have pieces that we find most important – for me it’s “Lessons Learned”. When working with companies of any size, I find myself focusing on the lessons learned from their BCP test. What did you learn during your test? What did you do with that information? Hopefully you used that information to improve your plan!
The whole point of conducting a test is to ensure your plan fits your organization’s needs and limits the impact of a disruption to critical business functions and processes. It’s vital that your test helps you continuously improve your plan and allows all personnel involved to be fully trained on how you need it to operate. Compass IT Compliance’s Business Continuity Planning Service uses a phased approach to help your organization develop a methodical, systematical program based on your organization's specific needs to recover faster and comply with regulatory requirements. Contact us today to learn more!