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Auditing Business Continuity Efforts, Part II

Dan Swanson | March 6, 2007

In last month’s column, I introduced the task of auditing business-continuity plans and disaster-recovery programs by providing an overview of what an effective program consists of, what the typical internal auditor’s roles in BCP and DR are, and what the key audit-scoping issues are. We’re going to complete the discussion this month by providing further guidance regarding audit-planning efforts, audit-fieldwork activities, and the reporting of results and improvement efforts.

Audit-Planning Phase

Having defined the scope, the audit team needs to plan the audit within the constraints of available resources from the audit department and from the business as a whole. Resourcing decisions are largely risk-based, taking account of factors such as the program management’s experience, the level of management involvement in the...

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