Business Continuity managers recognise the need for testing plans - but do they practice what they preach?

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Research by Synstar, the business availability and managed IT services provider, shows that the overwhelming majority of Business Continuity (BC) and senior business managers recognise that BC plans need to be tested on a regular basis. 72% believe that running a planned simulated test involving the whole business is the best way to test a plan.

However, previous research by Synstar suggests a gap between thought and deed. In a survey carried out just six months ago, less than 40% (38%) of BC managers stated that they test procedures as regularly as once a year. Just over one in 10 (12%) said they test risk procedures twice a year, and some 35% of companies hadnt tested procedures in the last two years.

George Williams, head of communications at Synstar, remarks:

"We all know that its absolutely crucial to regularly test and simulate crisis situations. A third party can help make tests more realistic by instigating increasingly challenging situations. Businesses might also wish to include partners and suppliers, but this would only be advised if plans were thoroughly tested beforehand."

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