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How To Build A Mock Disaster & Test The Recovery Plan

When was the last time your organization conducted a mock disaster exercise? If you can’t think of a single instance (or if you’re taking too long to consider your answer), then your well-laid disaster recovery plans aren’t likely to be recovering anything anytime soon.

If you start performing those exercises now, however, there’s still time to turn things around.

What is a mock disaster exercise? It is a simulation of an unplanned disruption that requires participants to identify the actions and steps they would take to successfully respond, assess the impacts, activate resources, and recover in a timely matter.

Why is it so important? Because this type of “mock” testing validates your recovery plans and strategies (both of which are based on a formal business impact analysis that has been analyzed and shared with management). Having a set of written directions is only the first step in a two-part process of disaster response planning; the second step is testing those directions to see if people can actually put them to use. Could your team really respond, activate, and recover? You’ll never know unless you put them to the test.