Table Top Exercise

One method of exercising plans in which participants review and discuss the actions to take without actually performing the actions. Technique for rehearsing emergency teams in which participants review and discuss the actions to take according to their plans, but do not perform any of these actions; can be conducted with a single team, or multiple teams, typically under the guidance of exercise facilitators. Copies of the BCP are distributed to appropriate personnel for review.

Technical Practices

The Analysis, Design, Implementation and Validation stages of the BCM Lifecycle.

Technical Recovery Team

A group responsible for: relocation and recovery of technology systems, data, applications and/or supporting infrastructure components at an alternate site following a technology disruption; and subsequent resumption and restoration of those operations at an appropriate site.


A pass/fail evaluation of infrastructure (example-computers, cabling, devices, hardware) andor physical plant infrastructure (example-building systems, generators, utilities) to demonstrate the anticipated operation of the components and system. An exercise whose aim is to obtain an expected, measurable pass/fail outcome.


A combination of the risk, the consequence of that risk, and the likelihood that the negative event will take place. A potential cause of an unwanted incident, which may result in harm to individuals, a system or organization, the environment, or the community.

Threat Analysis

The process of evaluating threats to identify unacceptable concentrations of risk to activities and single points of failure.

Trauma Management

The process of helping employees deal with trauma in a systematic way following an event by proving trained counselors, support systems, and coping strategies with the objective of restoring employees psychological well-being.


An event that causes a system to initiate a response.