COVID-19: The "Illusion" of Preparedness / Designing an Effective BCP Testing Program

When:  Dec 14, 2022 from 12:15 to 14:00 (ET)
Associated with  New England Chapter

This free Zoom seminar is intended as discussion on Business Continuity strategies and BC plans.


Tracy and Dan, our speakers from Wolf and Co, will facilitate discussions on two topics:


COVID-19: The "Illusion" of Preparedness

Organizations have been forced to push the envelope and be creative in the way they conduct operations during the COVID-19 crisis. Remote access, employee hardware requirements, and flexible work schedules have altered our expectation of normal. Companies needed to react swiftly to accommodate the situation as it quickly evolved and changed, requiring management teams to adjust response activities in real-time as the scenario unfolded. Many organizations have enhanced preparedness to a new level. However, has the situation created an illusion of preparedness to traditional Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning? This session will explore the incredible strides made in recent weeks, and will discuss the potential false sense of readiness we shouldn’t be fooled by.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Lessons learned in operational adjustments
  2. Identify gaps in planning for the next pandemic
  3. Elements of traditional BCP that didn’t factor in to this pandemic
  4. Things we need to consider to return to normal


Designing an Effective BCP Testing Program

In our work, we find that there is often confusion as to how to develop a multi-year BCP testing program. Organizations are overwhelmed with putting a program in place. Using your Business Impact Analysis can define what the testing program should be without adding unnecessary complexity and negatively impacting efficiency.

Attendees of this presentation will learn:

  1. How to use your BIA to inform your multi-year BCP testing plan
  2. What components should be included and what could be left out
  3. Where to start to get the most effective and manageable program
  4. How to satisfy requirements for incorporating Risk Assessment results into your test plan


 **2 CPEs will be granted for attendance**




Senior Manager, Wolf & Company, P.C.

Tracy is a Senior Manager in Wolf’s Advisory Group and leads the firm’s Business Continuity Planning Team. As one of the leading business continuity planning (BCP) experts in the country, she assists clients with BCP audits and assessments, business impact analyses, plan development and maintenance, training and awareness, disaster recovery tests, and simulation exercises. Tracy has over 20 years of experience in the field and helps clients across multiple industries increase their resiliency and recover following disruptions or disasters. She’s also a popular speaker both regionally, nationally, and has authored articles on pertinent topics related to BCP.



Senior Business Continuity Professional, Wolf & Company, P.C.

Daniel is a Business Continuity Professional in Wolf’s Strategic Management Services group where he is responsible for executing Business Continuity Planning and Incident Response consulting services for clients across all industry niches. Additionally, Daniel executes Business Continuity Management audit services for financial institutions.  Daniel has helped clients develop robust business impact analyses, risk assessments, business continuity plans, tabletop exercises, and awareness and training sessions. Additionally, he assists clients with FFIEC Business Continuity Management audit reviews and Incident Response plans.


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