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Scenarios In BC Plan Validation

Written by  Chris Rohrs Wednesday, 21 November 2007 23:17

According to the Wordsmyth Dictionary, a scenario is “a hypothesized set of circumstances or course of action.” We use scenarios every day as we think about something that might happen, and then try to decide how we will act. Scenarios are a critical piece of the validation exercises for our business continuity plans. This article will discuss the use of scenarios in validating business continuity plans. Some of the validation exercises can be as simple as a notification test to make sure that all the branches of the calling trees are still attached, or they can be as elaborate as a full scale exercise covering several days involving the police, fire and FBI.