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Desktop Exercises

Desktop exercises are one of the most widely-used and cost-effective tools in Business Continuity and Crisis Management training.  As the name suggests, a desktop exercise (or tabletop exercise) takes place with delegates sitting around a table, managing a fictional scenario which is typically delivered as a series of powerpoint slides.  There is no role-playing or dramatic simulations.

Despite the simplicity of the format, desktop exercises are extremely effective in:

Desktop Exercises
  • Improving people’s awareness of their organisation’s Business Continuity plans;
  • Practising members of Incident Management Teams in their roles; and
  • Identifying gaps, errors and opportuinites for improvement in Business Continuity plans.

Desktop exercises are therefore an invaluable aid to plan development as well as a key tool in the initial training of Incident Management teams.  Many organisations also use them on an ongoing basis (eg annually) to review their plan and maintian people’s awareness.

Follow the link to see a case study on the design and delivery of a desktop exercise.

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  • Business Continuity Planning

    Effective planning that takes into account risk evaluation and business impact analysis, supported by clear and concise crisis management. We work with you to develop user-friendly plans.

  • Business Impact Analysis

    The Business Impact Analysis (BIA) is one of the most important, and least well understood, stages of the Business Continuity Management Lifecycle; we can assist with your BIA.

  • Training and Exercising

    No Business Continuity Management programme is effective without a significant element of training. Moreover, ongoing Crisis Management training and exercising is key. We can provide objective training and exercising.

  • Risk Evaluation and Control

    Risk evaluation and treatment provide a process to identify, prioritise and managing your risks. Cambridge Risk Solutions can assist with risk management for business operational and information security risks.

  • Statement of Applicability

    Which controls do you need to have in place? How do you link your risk assessment process into your SoA? How do you ensure that you have effective controls in place? We can assist with your SoA.

  • Integrated Management Systems

    Management Systems assist with your on-going management, maintenance and continual improvement. We work with you to develop a fully integrated management system, enabling certification to ISO 22301 and ISO 27001.