Incident response plans, disaster recovery plans, and business continuity plans are essential components in a well-developed information security program. If you aren't regularly testing your plans, then you are gambling with the future of your business.Nothing within the realm of information technology is, or should be a gamble. The very concept of a \u201cgrey area\u201d violates the binary nature of modern technology. Despite this many organizations don't test their recovery and continuity plans. To these organizations I say wake up! When (not if, but WHEN) the time comes that you have to activate your plan, rest assured that you'll be running around with your pants around your ankles while Rome burns. I know what your thinking, testing is expensive, time consuming and boring. It's best to think of it as insurance against the inevitable. I know that when it comes time to approve your budget that the CEO wants to forget you much like he tries to forget the rash that he brought back from the rodeo clown in Vegas. Nonetheless, testing is imperative. A plan that hasn't been tested is really just a guess. You're guessing that the actions that you define in your plan will work. You're guessing that you'll be able to continue operations. You're guessing that you'll be able to recover your customer database. Most importantly, you're guessing that you'll have a job when this is all over.As for boring, just sell the testing exercise as a role playing game. System administrators love role playing games. Tell them its a live action version of Dungeons and Dragons! Heck, buy them some plastic swords and helmets... on second thought, save that money. They'll probably already have costumes... I mean \u201cbattle gear\u201d. Gather Sir Linux-alot and his minions together and test your plan from start to finish. I can pretty much guarantee that you will find things that don't work and that's actually good. The goal of this exercise... I mean mission is to look for those things and fix them. It's a heck of a lot easier to fix them in a normal environment than it is to fix them when your in the dungeon... I mean recovery mode. When it's all over, you'll have a plan that you can feel confident in and your staff will know what they are supposed to do when the grog hits the fan, er dragon. One a side note, be prepared for massive requests for changes to the dress code. Once you open the door to your staff wearing animal pelts and wizard robes into the office, there's no closing it.