7 Business Continuity Plan Testing Scenarios

1) Data loss

Let’s start with one of the most common workplace disasters today: a loss of data. This loss could be caused by a number of culprits:

  • Ransomware and other cyberattacks

  • Accidentally deleted files or folders

  • Server / drive failure

  • Datacenter outage

Assume that the lost data is mission-critical. Perhaps it’s your CRM information or the data that runs your sales and logistics applications.

The obvious goal is to get that data back as quickly as possible, ideally by restoring a backup. But whose job is it to do that? How should they communicate the problem with other personnel (and at what point in the crisis)? What are the priorities? Do outside vendors, such as managed service providers (MSPs) need to be contacted?

If your primary IT person isn’t available to start the recovery, do other team members know how to do it?

These are all questions that should be answered by your test.

2) Data recovery

You need to make sure your BC/DR systems work like they’re supposed to. Conduct a test that involves losing a massive amount of data, and then try to recover it.

Here’s what you’ll need to evaluate: