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The CISA® Prep Guide: Mastering the Certified Information Systems Auditor Exam by John Kramer

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5.7. Evaluating Testing Methods, Results Reporting, and Follow-Up Processes

Testing the recovery plans is an ongoing and evolutionary process that involves many stages and matures only after several trials and modifications based on the results. Tests should be initially unit specific with the goal of moving quickly toward integrated recovery testing that includes participation from the business unit teams to simulate the actual processing required to keep the business going. Reporting to management and those who depend upon the test's success is a very important part of the testing process. Because of its evolutionary nature, the need to continually communicate the current state of preparedness and the rate of progress toward fully integrated recovery testing will be required for daily risk management and decision making. This also will be a critical control point that helps the IS auditor conclude on the overall program and its effectiveness. Some of the more recent reports should be included in the recovery documentation that is stored off-site so those performing recovery will have an idea about the relative state of recoverability, should the need to use the plan arise before it is successful on a repetitive basis. The follow-up efforts, which address issues and discrepancies discovered during the testing exercises, is the only way to get from an initial test to a functional recovery process.

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