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Backlog
a) The amount of work that accumulates when a system or process is unavailable for a long period of time. This work needs to be processed once the system or process becomes available and may take a considerable amount of time to process.b) A situation whereby a backlog of work requires more time to action than is available through normal working patterns. In extreme circumstances, the backlog may become so large that the backlog cannot be cleared.
Backup (Data)
A process by which data (electronic or paper-based) and programs are copied in some form so as to be available and used if the original data from which it originated are lost, destroyed or corrupted.
Backup Generator
An independent source of power, usually fueled by diesel or natural gas.
Battle Box
A container - often literally a box or brief case - in which data and information are stored so as to be immediately available post incident.
Black Swan
A term popular in BCM, based upon a book of the same name in which the author defines a Black Swan as an event that has not been predicted by normal scientific or probability methods.
Building Denial
A situation in which premises cannot, or are notallowed to be, accessed.
Business Continuity
The strategic and tactical capability of the organization to plan for and respond to incidents and business disruptions in order to continue business operations at an acceptable predefined level.The capability of the organization to continue delivery of products or services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident.
Business Continuity (BC) Policy
The key document that sets out the scope and governance of the BCM programme and reflects the reasons why it is being implemented.
Business Continuity (BC) Professional
An experienced individual with responsibilities for practicing and/or managing business continuity.
Business Continuity Coordinator
A role within the BCM program that coordinates planning and implementation for overall recovery of an organization or unit(s).
Business Continuity Management (BCM)
Holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organization and the impacts to business operations those threats, if realized, might cause, and which provides a framework for building organizational resilience with the capability of an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities.
Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lifecycle
The stages of activity that an organization moves through and repeats with the overall aim of improving organizational resilience.
Business Continuity Management Program(me)
Ongoing management and governance process supported by Top Management and appropriately resourced to implement and maintain business continuity management.
Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)
Part of the overall management system that establishes, implements, operates, monitors, reviews, maintains and improves business continuity.
Business Continuity Management Team
A group of individuals functionally responsible for directing the development and execution of the business continuity plan, as well as responsible for declaring a disaster and providing direction during the recovery process, both pre-disaster and post-disaster.