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Activation
The implementation of business continuity procedures, activities and plans in response to a business continuity emergency, event, incident and/or crisis; the execution of the recovery plan.
Activity
A process or set of processes undertaken by an organization (or on its behalf) that produces or supports one or more products and services.
Alert
Notification that a potential disruption is imminent or has occurred.
Alternate Routing
The routing of information via an alternate cable or other medium (i.e. using different networks should the normal network be rendered unavailable).
Alternate Site

A site held in readiness for use during/following an invocation of business or disaster recovery plans to continue urgent and important activities of an organization.

Alternate Work Area

Recovery environment complete with necessary infrastructure (e.g., desk, telephone, workstation, and associated hardware and equipment, communications).

Analysis
The Technical Practice within the BCM Lifecycle that reviews and assesses an organization in terms of what its objectives are, how it functions and the constraints of the environment in which it operates.
Annual Loss Exposure/Expectancy (ALE)
A risk management method of calculating loss based on a value and level of frequency.
Annual Program Review (APR)
A structured yearly opportunity for top management to review the status of important components of the business continuity management program, with the objectives of approving future initiatives, allocating resources and confirming program scope.
Application Recovery
The component of Disaster Recovery that deals specifically with the restoration of business system software and data after the processing platform has been restored or replaced.
Assembly Area
The designated area at which employees, visitors, and contractors assemble if evacuated from their building/site.
Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP)
The ABCP level is designed for individuals with less than two years of industry experience, but who have minimum knowledge in continuity management, and have passed the DRII qualifying exam.
Associate Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (AFBCI)
This certified membership grade is designed for professionals that have significant experience in business continuity and have held the MBCI membership grade for more than three years.
Associate Healthcare Provider Continuity Professional (AHPCP)
The AHPCP level is designed for individuals with less than two years of industry experience, but who have minimum knowledge in continuity management, and have passed the Healthcare qualifying exam.
Associate Member Business Continuity Institute (AMBCI)
This certified membership grade is designed for professionals that have at least one year?s experience in business continuity and who have taken and passed the Certificate of the BCI (CBCI) Examination.