The enterprise Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) should be living documents. Plans that are never reviewed or evaluated become stale and prove ineffective in the actual event of a disaster or business disruption. Keep BCP and DRP plans fresh by employing table-top planning exercises.
What Is Table-Top Planning?
Table-top planning exercises are a way of reviewing the feasibility of BCP/DRP plans by creating hypothetical situations that test the enterprise's readiness to deal with emergencies. This scenario planning exercise will help the enterprise:
- Vet incident response plans.
- Examine and define roles and responsibilities.
- Train incident response personnel.
- Develop relationships with key stakeholders of IT systems.