10 ways to improve Business Continuity Plan Exercise, Audit, and Maintenance – tip 1 budget

Your organization has now invested valuable time and money developing business continuity plans. As a professional business continuity planner, you know that the next steps – exercising, auditing and maintaining the business continuity plans – are all important to successful resilience in the event of a disaster. In this article, I will provide 10 tips to advance your business continuity plan exercise, audit and maintenance program.

Tip #1: Budget for Exercise, Audit and Maintenance

Make sure that you include money for these activities within the initial Business Continuity Management budget and document your request for an annual expense for these programs. Don’t spring surprises on upper management after the plans have been developed by asking for a new budget for these essential items. Before proceeding, validate the exercise, audit and maintenance program and schedule established during the program initiation stage.J&P 005

(For more information on DRI’s professional practices please read Professional Practice Eight – Business Continuity Plan Exercise, Audit, and Maintenance DRII Professional Practices June 1, 2012 Version 1)

‘When planning for war, I have always found plans to be useless, but planning to be invaluable.’ General Eisenhower

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