VII.G     Exercise and Test Methods

Exercises and tests help management validate continuity and resilience of technology components, including systems, networks, applications, and data, that support critical business functions. The type or combination of methods should be determined by the entity’s size and complexity and the nature of its business. The DHS offers assistance and examples of testing methods,As members of an established sector of critical infrastructure, financial institutions can leverage testing constructs implemented by the DHS. The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program is the DHS policy and guidance for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating exercises. The program provides a threat- and performance-based exercise process that includes a mix and range of exercise activities through a series of four reference manuals to establish exercise programs and design, develop, conduct, and evaluate exercises. which are available to all entities and may be helpful when developing exercises and tests. Rigorous exercise methods and increased frequency help provide greater confidence in the continuity and resilience of business functions. While comprehensive exercises involve greater investments of time, resources, and coordination, the benefit is a more accurate assessment of recovery capabilities if a disaster occurs. This assists management in assessing the resilience of systems and responsiveness of the individuals involved in the recovery process. Comprehensive testing of all critical functions and applications allows management to identify potential problems; therefore, management should use one of the more thorough testing methods discussed in this section to verify the BCP’s viability

While names for exercises and tests may be different, or used interchangeably, this booklet lists the most commonly encountered elements in the following subsections.

 

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