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The Myths of Testing in the Real World

Written by  Marylaine Canavan November 22, 2007

Business continuity and disaster recovery plans must be tested. It is a part of every comprehensive methodology. Auditors insist. It is the scope, frequency, and amount of testing that is the greater question. How far is too far? How close to realism does an organization go? In our experience, the first rule of testing is that it does not interrupt production IT processing or actual profit making business processes. The costs and ramifications are too large if anything goes wrong with the test. Therefore, realism is not an option. This leaves simulated realism, or pretend. With careful preparation, we can pretend with similar volumes of telephone calls, and normal transaction levels, using real data for a test situation. In addition, we can do so without allowing the results of our test back into the “real world.” Simulation involves isolating the testing environment, and isolating the test participants. Isolation allows: Practice of the recovery

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