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Business Continuity Planning Tabletop Exercise White Paper

Written by  John M. Hayes November 20, 2007

PURPOSEThe purpose of business continuity planning (BCP) tabletop exercising is to demonstrate to management the ability of one or more critical business processes to continue functionality, within the required time frame, following an interruption.OBJECTIVESThe approach to completing the BCP Tabletop Exercise is to first agree with business process owners and managers on the scope and objectives of the exercise. Facilitated sessions are then planned for the execution of the tabletop exercise. At a high level, the planning and execution of these sessions should include: Selection of relevant scenarios for the tabletop exercise Identification, notification and scheduling of appropriate personnel A facilitated walk-through of the scenario, along with discussions on Business Continuity Plan actions and responsibilities Capture of tabletop exercise notes, including issues and areas for changes/additions to the BCP documents Assignment of responsibilities for BCP update work Closing discussions. Following the conclusion of the tabletop exercise, the facilitator and participants should discuss issues and comments relevant to

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