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The process of making something more secure, resistant to attack, or less vulnerable.
A source of potential harm.
Hazard Assessment
Process of determining, for specific areas, the likelihood of the occurrence of potentially-damaging phenomenon of given magnitudes within a specified period of time
Health and Safety
The process by which the wellbeing of all employees, contractors, visitors and the public is safeguarded.
Systems or applications requiring a very high level of reliability and availability.
High-Risk Areas
Areas identified during the risk assessment that are highly susceptible to a disaster situation or might be the cause of a significant disaster.
Horizon Scanning
Systematic examination of potential threats, opportunities and future developments, which might have the potential to create new risks or change the character of risks already identified.
Hot Debrief
A discussion about the issues and concerns held immediately following an exercise.
Hot site
A facility equipped with full technical requirements including IT, telecoms and infrastructure, and which can be used to provide rapid resumption of operations.
The process of maintaining procedures, systems, people and plans in a state of readiness.
Human Continuity
The ability of an organization to provide support for its associates and their families before, during, and after a business continuity event to ensure a viable workforce.
Human Threats
Possible disruptions in operations resulting from human actions as identified during the risk assessment.