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UPDATED: March 2019
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Consortium Agreement
An agreement made by a group of organizations to share processing facilities and/or office facilities, if one member of the group suffers a disaster.
Contact List
A list of key people to be notified at the time of disruption or as needed.The contact data used by Call Tree and Cascade processes and systems.
Contingency Fund
A budget for meeting and managing operating expense at the time of a business continuity invocation.
Contingency Plan
An event specific preparation that is executed to protect an organization from certain and specific identified risks and/or threats.A plan to deal with specific set of adverse circumstances.
Contingency Planning
Process of developing advanced arrangements and procedures that enable an organization to respond to an undesired event that negatively impacts the organization.
Continual Improvement
Recurring activity to enhance performance
Continuance of Government (COG)
This is a US concept for how government entities plan to continue the key elements of public governance in emergency situations.
Continuity of Operations (COOP)
Management policy and procedures used to guide an enterprise response to a major loss of enterprise capabilities or damage to its' facilities. It defines the activities of individual departments and agencies and their subcomponents to ensure their essential functions are performed.
Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP)
Management policy and procedures used to guide an enterprise response to a major loss of enterprise capabilities or damage to its' facilities. It defines the activities of individual departments and agencies and their subcomponents to ensure their essential functions are performed. Continuance Of Operations Planning
Continuous Availability
A system or application that supports operations which continue with little to no noticeable impact to the user.
Continuous Operations
The ability of an organization to perform its processes without interruption.
Control

The collection of activities, financial, operational and otherwise, established by a Board and company management that carry out an organization’s business in an effective and efficient manner, in line with the organization’s approved objectives, goals, and risk appetite.

Control Framework
A model or recognised system of control categories that covers all internal controls expected within an organization.
Control Review
Involves selecting a control and establishing whether it has been working effectively and as described and expected during the period under review.
Cordon
The boundary line of a zone that is determined, reinforced by legislative power, and exclusively controlled by the emergency services from which all unauthorised persons are excluded for a period of time determined by the emergency services.