Continuity management is about planning for the continuation of business activities during times of unforeseen disruptions to normal business practices. Modern business has become so reliant on information technology systems that when IT experiences a service disruption, so does the business. Successful rehearsals of one or more individual continuity plans – in isolation of the other – may provide the organisation with a cursory level of comfort that, should the unthinkable occur, their business and IT groups will handle the incident.
But rehearsals do not validate the efficacy of the plans. Integrated end-to-end continuity testing is essential to ensure a higher degree of consistency with both industry best practices and international standards.