Alex Fullick Pens Releases New Book on Testing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans
DR and BC planning is now on the front burner of every forward-thinking organization that recognizes the need to keep business processes moving smoothly forward, whether the threat stems from a natural or terrorist disaster, computer hackers or pandemic outbreaks such as SARS or the Ebola virus. Alex Fullick, one of the foremost authorities of DR and BC planning and a pioneer in his own right, brings an easy-to-read, almost conversational style to explaining what organizations must do to test their plans successfully so that an organization can work its way through sudden operational disruptions.
Divided into six logical and sequential sections, Fullick leaves nothing unexamined in this insightful blueprint. He takes the reader through such topics as Technology Component Testing, Business Continuity Plans, Communication Testing, Vendor and Partner Testing and even Pandemic Plan Testing, all to achieve successful results. Test results that allow for Senior Managers to have greater confidence in the BC and DR programs, knowing the plans they've built will work and are continually being challenged and re-tested. He even provides sections such as Provisions and Beverages, in which he underscores the importance of avoiding planning delays and misunderstandings among teams by ensuring that appropriate food and beverages, transportation and accommodations are available, allowing problem solving and test execution to continue uninterrupted. This is not your normal book on testing.
Finally, Fullick concludes with a caveat entitled Post-Test Failure, wherein he cautions organizations that have undergone this self-examination to be ever-vigilant, and suggests ways they might avoid falling into complacency once their planning has been completed. One test doesn't mean you're ready - it means you've just begun.
If Fullick's concise recipe for business planning success could be distilled into a single sentence, it might read: Disaster is inevitable, change is constant, and the process of planning must be ongoing. If it isn't already, this book should become the go-to handbook for front-line senior executives when they want to make sure their disaster and continuity plans will work when they're needed.
Author Biography: Alex Fullick has been consulting with major Canadian organizations to initiate and manage customized Business Continuity Management (BCM) programs for over 18 years. He is the Founder and Managing Director of StoneRoad, a consulting and training firm specializing in BCM. Alex has authored five BCM books, including "Heads in the Sand," about how BC and DR programs can address the fears of communities, organizations and individuals. His last book, "Business Impact Analysis" has proven to be a successful manual for organizations that want a step-by-step plan to build and execute a BIA initiative, even providing advice on how to present results to Senior Management.
Alex is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute, earned his Certified Business Continuity Professional status with the Disaster Recovery Institute, and has his Certified Business Resiliency Auditor designation and also works in the Project & Program Management business. He lives in Guelph, Ontario, and is currently working on his next book.
Testing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans