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The BCI guide to… exercising your business continuity plan

The BCI guide to… exercising your business continuity plan

News   •   Mar 18, 2015 10:49 GMT

​We all know that we need to exercise our business continuity plans, it’s the only way to find out whether they will work. Of course that’s with the exception of a live incident, but during a disaster is really not a good time to find out your plan doesn’t work. But what type of exercise should you run, how often should you run them, how to you plan them and how do you assess them?

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All in good time

All in good time

Blog posts   •   Jul 17, 2017 09:26 BST

Organizations with a mature crisis/incident management exercising programme should give serious consideration to carrying out the occasional out of hours exercise. This may be a little unpopular at first, until participants get the point, so rather than going the whole hog and starting your next exercise at 2am on a Sunday, perhaps a 7pm start on a weekday would be slightly more palatable.

Recent terrorist attacks – practice makes perfect

Recent terrorist attacks – practice makes perfect

Blog posts   •   Jun 09, 2017 15:22 BST

Like the terrorist attack in Manchester, the response by individuals to the London Bridge attack last Saturday made me proud to be British. The off-duty policeman rugby tackling one of the terrorists or the British Transport Police officer armed with just a baton fighting one of the knifemen

​Shhhhhh... Don’t tell anyone the scenario

​Shhhhhh... Don’t tell anyone the scenario

Blog posts   •   Feb 09, 2017 14:59 GMT

Through working both as a consultant and as a full time organizational business continuity resource, a common theme of exercising keeps becoming apparent. Each year we hope to amaze and terrify our BC exercise participants with our well thought out, taxing and relevant BC exercise scenario by keeping it secret.

We have a recovery plan and exercised it, what next?

We have a recovery plan and exercised it, what next?

Blog posts   •   Sep 13, 2016 15:56 BST

Once you have a good working recovery plan in place, don’t go through the motions of doing the same exercise every year with the learning points diminishing each time. Get the team thinking about other aspects of the recovery which can often be done without a lot of time or expense but adds value and robustness to your ability to recover after an incident.