February 8, 2018

15 steps to disaster recovery plan testing

Being able to recover from a disaster is consistently a top priority for IT managers. But without proper testing, a disaster recovery (DR) plan will fall flat. 

“A disaster recovery test plan is a critical part of any DR strategy. Without a solid DR plan and regular testing, organizations cannot be completely confident in their ability to successfully recover and resume critical systems, networks and other IT resources following a disruptive incident”.

So what goes into proper testing? Here are steps outlined by TechTarget to make sure your business doesn’t skip a beat after a disaster. 

  1. Submit a draft test plan to your company’s leadership, along with how much you think it’s going to cost. 
  2. Outline detailed information about the test, including the nature of the test, its goals, what will make it successful, test procedures and post-test analyses. 
  3. Set up your test team and make sure they’re available on the day you’re testing. Also secure additional subject matter experts like engineers who may need to help during the test. 

Read the rest of TechTarget’s tips to ensure your organization receives the best possible results from its DR tests.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.