The Business Continuity Plan Testing Scenarios To Know

by | Jan 29, 2017

These are business continuity plan testing scenarios every organization needs to consider

It’s usually impossible to predict the future, despite living in a world that still tries to, including through money-making psychics. Even if you think you can gain a good idea of what your business might go through in the future, the world has turned far too complex to truly know.

As we’ve already seen, natural disasters are far too common and sometimes unexpected in places where they’re not typical. You may think you live in a safe zone, yet something could occur out of nowhere you didn’t think could ever become possible.

It’s not always about natural disasters either. Man-made disasters could occur just as easily.

Through business continuity plan testing scenarios, you’ll gain a better understanding of all the potentials. Maybe you’ve already set up a business continuity plan, though most of it likely relates to the usual disaster situations.

Here’s a look at scenarios you should plan for to give more realism to what could happen to you at any time.

Lack of Access to Your Business Files

Maybe you think you can still access part of your business after a disaster occurs, but many scenarios exist where this can’t occur. It’s essential to plan a test on what you’d do if you couldn’t access any of your files or infrastructure to keep things operating.

Situations like extensive power outages could leave you without any access, even to wireless Internet service throughout a wide area. On a physical level, road closures could prevent you and your employees from being able to enter your business location.

Other scenarios could include flooding, gas leaks, structural damage, or forced evacuations. You may even see a man-made disaster like a bomb threat, forcing you out of your business for hours until law enforcement gives an all-clear.

Through your test run, you need to find alternate locations you can head to for keeping access going. It may mean traveling farther to make sure access is available through the cloud.

No Employees Available

When there’s no people available to enact your business continuity plan, you’re basically stuck. Take time to test for this and see what options you can take to keep things running.

A recovery location is perhaps the solution. Other tech services might bring enough automation to keep basic operations going.

Look at various scenarios that could prevent employees from coming in like contagious illnesses, lack of access to your building, or an employee strike. In the latter case, you can see some disasters pertain directly to business.

Preparing for No Infrastructure

Your entire business could become decimated due to some sort of natural cataclysm. Not that losing infrastructure is always about nature. An accident like IT network outages, losing files, or technology connection problems all wreak havoc.

In your testing, plan out for both the tech and natural disaster scenarios. Sometimes disasters can occur directly in your building like a gas outage, or a flood from broken water pipes. Or, maybe an unscrupulous employee deleted your files out of spite.

Testing Your Crisis Management Response

Any possible crisis needs serious consideration and how you and your staff would respond to it. No matter if some scenarios you dream up are over-the-top, nothing is ever off the table in the world we’re living in.

Knowing how your staff would respond to these helps you focus on what technologies you’d use, how you’ll communicate, and where you can go to prevent excessive downtime.

The point to business continuity is to keep downtime to a minimum and how much you can keep going with minimal resources.

Contact us at Invenio IT so we can help your business keep itself afloat with a proper business continuity plan.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.