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Executive Desktops

Boardroom and Executive Event Simulation

  • Increase awareness and support for your Risk Management program
  • Actively involve the senior executive to test out organisational resilience plans against pre-planned contextually relevant risks in a safe environment .
  • Using industry and sector specific current threats and trends test out the ability of your team to respond in an effective and competent manner . Ensuring stakeholder expectations are met while protecting the business brand and reputation.
  • Receive expert guidance and facilitation both prior and during your event.


Signacure offer a range of bespoke desktop and simulation activities that can be delivered in-house or at our offices.

Our bespoke simulations will align with your own existing risk program objectives and support the strategic risk tolerances of your organisation.


Testing and Exercising – Is there a difference? Does it matter?

(Get the paper – Nick, we need a download button here so they can email me for the detailed paper)

Exercising and testing are words that are used interchangeably but for the record the differences are indicated below. Our paper discusses some of the different types of test and exercise that are commonly carried out. There are a number of different names used by different organisations for various levels of tests and exercises.


An Exercise

An exercise is an opportunity for team members to rehearse the roles they have to play and to learn how the plan is expected to work; it is probably fair to say that an exercise is a big test. An exercise can also be a full test of the recovery or continuity of systems.

At its highest level the exercise will:

  • Take place in the live environment
  • Be a simulation of a real event
  • Simulate losses.
  • Exercise all aspects of emergency response
  • Be realistic and stringent

A Test

A test is a way of making sure that a particular business continuity process, action or instruction will work. The test will be aimed at a specific area whereas exercises cover a wider area. Among other things it will look at:


  • Proof of concepts
  • Testing documentation
  • Walk through – will this work?

Why Test

The major purpose of testing is to ensure that all your plans will work. Here are a number of reasons to test (many of them also provide testing themes):

  • Ensure the Cyber, Risk or BC Plan works as anticipated and required
  • Exercise Plan arrangements and infrastructure
  • Rehearse roles
  • Prove and validate recovery procedures
  • Check all other procedures
  • Practise recovery
  • Highlight questionable assumptions
  • Build confidence
  • Raise awareness
  • Demonstrate competence
  • Proof of concepts – will your ideas work
  • Chance to catch errors, omissions and incorrect assumptions
  • Will equipment fit where planned
  • How easy is it to get replacement equipment
  • How easily can you getting to the recovery site

Remember that your test results and the lessons you can learn are valuable and they can educate and help to improve your plans and your organisations resilience. Learn more with our FREE paper… (Another download button please here)