Reduce Costly Downtime Through DR Testing

Improve the accuracy of your DRP and your team’s ability to efficiently execute recovery procedures through regular DR testing.

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Immature or nonexistent DR testing strategies cause:

  • Unreliable DR capabilities that will likely fail during a real disaster.
  • Inefficient transfer of testing value, resulting in wasted resources.
  • Lack of engagement from test participants, resulting in ineffective tests.

A formalized DR testing strategy process results in:

  • Minimized resource spend while maximizing test value.
  • A reliable DR strategy that can be expected to function in a real disaster.
  • Growth in the ability to prevent disasters from occurring.
  • A competitive advantage by satisfying demands from both internal and external parties.

Module 1: Determine Your DR Testing Readiness and Scope

The Purpose

  • Identify current testing readiness based on current documentation and infrastructure, as well cross referencing against a list of necessary action items.
  • Determine current DR proficiency and need for DR testing. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Define current testing preparedness and determine the scope of testing that your organization is currently capable of.
  • Determine a high level testing strategy and outlook based on readiness, proficiency, and need. 

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Review current testing practices
1.2 Assess current capabilities for all system tiers
1.3 Assess current proficiency and need
  • Defined current testing capabilities and likelihood of success
1.4 Discuss testing strategy
  • Analysis of best-fit testing strategy

Module 2: Create a Project Charter to Build a Test Plan

The Purpose

  • Identify roles and responsibilities for building the test plan.
  • Define project parameters and milestones.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Create project clarity with a project charter that outlines the objectives, resource requirements, and target milestone dates.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Complete roles and responsibilities documentation
2.2 Establish project parameters and milestones
  • Completed project charter with management sign-off

Module 3: Create the DR Test Plan

The Purpose

  • Plan and document the entire testing cycle.
  • Create all the necessary documentation that is needed before testing can commence.
  • Identify resource requirements to executive the DR test. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identified which tests are included in the test cycle.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of each test participant for the test cycle.
  • Create a repeatable process that can be leveraged on an ongoing basis for DR testing. 

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Complete the Test Plan Summary
  • Complete test schedule and prioritized list of systems to include in testing
3.2 Construct the Passive Testing Handbook
  • Established methodology for passive testing
3.3 Construct the Active Testing Handbook
  • Established methodology for active testing

Module 4: Translate Lessons Learned Into Improving Overall Preparedness

The Purpose

  • Demonstrate growth in DR capabilities through DR testing to the management team.
  • Establish process for continual improvement of the DR process.
  • Incorporate DR testing mindset into operational decision making. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Formulation of a clear connection between improved DR capabilities and confidence in recoverability.
  • Consistently updated and validated DRP.
  • Competitive advantage when attracting customers who demand an effective DRP. 

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Creation of the DR Test Plan Results Summary Presentation
  • Competed executive presentation deck
4.2 Review of current readiness
  • Indication of capability growth
4.3 Review of all test plans
  • Updated planning documentation

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