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An alternate site test (also called an alternate site exercise) is

[a] business continuity testing activity that tests the capability of staff, systems, and facilities, located at sites other than those generally designated for primary processing and business functions, to effectively support production processing and workloads. During the exercise, business line staff located at recovery site(s) participate in testing business functions and the supporting systems by performing typical production activities, including accessing applications and completing pending transactions. Staff members participate in testing alternate site facilities through the use of PCs, phones, and other equipment needed to perform testing of business activities.[1]

References Edit

  1. FFIEC IT Examination Handbook, Business Continuity Planning, Appendix B: Glossary (full-text).

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