The BCP should contain a description of the objectives and scope of the testing phase. This will enable the tests to be structured and organised in a manner where the results can be measured, and the plan fine tuned, as appropriate.
The objectives for the tests could be as follows :
"To undertake a thorough and rigorous testing of the business recovery process, including the simulation of a disruptive event, which produces results which can be measured and evaluated together with feedback which enables the BCP to be enhanced and streamlined."
The scope of the tests could be along the following lines :
"The tests are to be carried out in a comprehensive and exhaustive manner so that all aspects of the plan may be tested. The tests should be contributed to, in a significant manner, by all business and support units within the organisation. The tests will include recovery of all aspects of the Business Recovery Activities section of the BCP including IT systems recovery."
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