9. Learn From Your Mistakes
The point of running DR exercises is to find potential barriers to recovery while in a controlled environment. If you aren't encountering problems during your exercises and tests, it's more than likely you aren't looking hard enough, aren't testing thoroughly enough, or you have designed scenarios for recovery that are too simple. When you complete exercises and tests and you have identified problem areas, use what you have learned to update plans and create best practice documents.
10. Report Results to Stakeholders
If your organization has recently made significant investments in improving preparedness, most likely executives and other business stakeholders want to know what the return is on their investment -- how prepared are you? Reporting exercise and test results regularly and in a timely fashion gives executives and business leaders visibility into your DR program. Remember that the results are not pass/fail but should detail aspects of recovery that went well and areas for improvement.
Rachel Dines is an analyst at Forrester Research, where she serves Infrastructure & Operations professionals.
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