Business Continuity Exercises

How effective are your business continuity plans? Are people familiar with them? Have staff or procedures changed? Are plans still current or are they sitting on a shelf? How confident are you that your ICT will meet its recovery objectives?

How prepared are your people and teams for the pressure of recovering from a major incident?

To ensure your plans work in the face of reality, they must be rehearsed regularly through well designed and executed exercises. Exercising is part of business continuity best practice and is a requirement for compliance with the International Standard, ISO 22301

Steelhenge offers a full range of exercise options to validate your plans, rehearse your procedures and prepare your people, from strategic senior management level through to tactical and operational front line staff.

Business Continuity Exercises Tailored to Your Needs

Exercise development cycleExercises may be delivered as individual events to meet a specific business continuity objective or as part of a developmental programme designed to increase the readiness of your organisation on an on-going basis.

All our business continuity exercises are designed to be developmental in nature, not as a test that can be failed. Our expertise enables us to apply or reduce pressure as required as the exercise unfolds, allowing staff to develop and gain confidence in their roles. We have designed, planned and delivered successful business continuity exercises time and again for many different organisations of all sizes; to run an effective exercise is a detailed and complex activity which cannot be underestimated. Working with us you can be confident that your exercise will achieve its objectives.

The nature and scale of the exercise proposed will be based on your needs, the complexity of your organisation and the maturity of your business continuity preparation.

Business Continuity Exercise Options

Steelhenge exercises range from simple walk-throughs of business continuity plans and desk top exercises to multi-agency, resource-intensive simulations of crisis scenarios, played out in real-time.

  • Business continuity plan walk-throughs

  • Scenario based workshops

  • Desk Top Exercises, also known as Table Top Exercises

  • Command Post Exercises for single or multiple teams

  • Full Simulation Exercises

  • Live Exercises


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Our methodology carries you through from the initial meeting to the delivery of a post-exercise report with recommendations. We design the scenario, conduct the detailed planning necessary for success, deliver the event on the day and gather feedback through a 'hot-wash-up'.

Exercise Evaluation

The Steelhenge exercise process is supported by a suite of tools and methods to evaluate the exercise. This includes our own excellent team of impartial observers who watch the team(s) at work and gather data on every aspect of the business continuity response.

Steelhenge can also supply experienced, impartial observers to support business continuity exercises organised internally within your organisation.

Virtual News Network

Many of our business continuity exercises are supported by real-time media play. This service ranges from supplying custom-made media clips and a single journalist with - or without - a camera, through to complete media teams with a mobile studio, live reporting and interviewing, which can be transferred to TV or PC feeds across the exercise. We can also run a virtual news network (VNN) based around a secure website, replicating 24-hour news stations such as Sky News, BBC News 24 or CNN.

Exercise Network Solutions

Some clients like to replicate their organisation's IT network without the risk of leakage of exercise play into their real system. To achieve this, Steelhenge will build a Local Area Network (LAN) using hardware which we provide specifically for the event. This carries all traffic that a normal network would within a safe and secure environment.

The LAN also links to our Exercise Management Tool (EMT) which allows us to build an e-mail range of exercise play both before the event to help create the scenario and during the exercise. The EMT captures responses and reactions which helps in post-exercise review. This is a bespoke piece of software designed by Steelhenge to meet our clients' requirements.

For more information please contact us