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No plan survives contact with the enemy says the old adage, but this is precisely what is often expected from business continuity plans. A new Continuity Central survey looks into business continuity plan success rates and attempts to uncover the best ways to debrief after an incident.

Please take part at - it should take you less than five minutes and the results will be published on Continuity Central for the benefit of the wider profession.

Since this survey is potentially sensitive, it is completely anonymous and IP addresses are not collected.

Interim results

How many times have you activated your business continuity plan (used your plan during an incident / crisis) during the past 12 months?

  • Zero: 25.00%
  • 1 : 22.50%
  • 2: 17.50%
  • 3: 17.50%
  • 4: 0.00%
  • 5: 7.50%
  • 6-10: 7.50%
  • 11-15: 0.00%
  • 15-25: 0.00%
  • 25+: 2.50%

In general are the number of business continuity plan activations in your organization...

  • Increasing: 32.50%
  • Decreasing: 10.00%
  • Remaining about the same: 57.50%

When you last activated your business continuity plan did it perform as expected?

  • Yes, the plan worked exactly as expected: 30.77%
  • It worked well generally but a few things didn't go to plan: 41.03%
  • Some aspects of the plan worked but most aspects didn't: 7.69%
  • The plan didn't work at all: 5.13%
  • Other: 15.38%

After your last business continuity plan activation did you carry out a debrief afterwards?

  • Yes: 78.95%
  • No: 21.05%

After your last business continuity plan activation did you make any changes to the plan based on what happened during the activation?

  • Yes: 76.32%
  • No: 23.68%

As well as the above, respondents were asked to provide some detail on how they carry out debriefs - a summary of the information from this question will be included in the final write-up once the survey closes.

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