BC Tabletop Exercise

Business Continuity Tabletop / Desktop Exercise offered by BC360

Consulting Services provided by BC360 include supporting you throughout your journey or assisting you by providing consulting services for Tabletop /Desktop exercises. The exercise will be customised to your needs and can be done in person or via Microsoft Tams / Zoom.

Tabletop / Desktop Exercise offered by BC360 has three or four objectives and takes between one to two hours.

What is a Tabletop exercise?

Tabletop exercises are discussion-based exercises where participants meet in person or virtually and a group setting. Breakout groups get also organised to discuss their roles during an emergency and their responses to a particular business continuity situation. A facilitator presents a scenario and asks the exercise participants questions about the scenario. It initiates a discussion of the participants’ roles, responsibilities, coordination, and decision-making. A tabletop exercise is discussion-based and does not involve deploying equipment or other resources.

Conducting a Tabletop Exercise

Conducting a Tabletop Exercise scenario can help train staff, raise their awareness of the business continuity plan and verify their capabilities to communicate, respond and recover from various events.

The goal of Tabletop Exercises is to strengthen and enhance the Organisation’s emergency preparedness. It also tests the exercise scenarios and identifies where the existing incident response plan may have weak spots.

What is Business Continuity

The Organisation for International Standards (ISO) defines business continuity management ‘as a holistic management process. It identifies potential threats to an organisation and their impacts on business operations, if realised, might cause.

It provides a framework for building organisational resilience with the capability of an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities’ ISO 22301:2012.

In a nutshell, business continuity planning focuses on analysing risk and then addresses those threats most likely to interrupt services. Good risk management increases the Organisation’s resilience and minimises potential downtime.

Benefits of ‘lessons learned.’

Given the benefits of ‘lessons learned from the previous exercises, the BCP needs to get reviewed regularly. Desktop exercise should be in line with the Organisation’s continual improvement approach and should focus on the following essential tasks:

  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why

Consulting Services

Consulting Services (BC360) will help organisations organise or conduct the exercise. Furthermore, it will assist in establishing or improving an existing Business Continuity Framework, including Disaster Recovery. At the same time, we can help you develop your Business Continuity Plan 360. We can undertake an ICT Audit or provide Consulting Services to help you with the ICT Audit.

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