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Major Incident
UK Emergency Services definition. Any emergency that requires the implementation of special arrangements by one or more of the Emergency Services, National Health Service or a Local Authority
Management Practices
Policy and Programme Management and Embedding Business Continuity stages of the BCM Lifecycle.
Management System
Set of interrelated or interacting elements of an organization to establish policies and objectives, and processes to achieve those objectives.
Manual Procedures

An alternate method for continuing critical business services or processes following the loss of technology.

Marshalling Area
A safe area where resources and personnel not immediately required can be directed to standby to await further instruction.
Maximum Acceptable Outage (MAO)
Time it would take for adverse impacts, which might arise as a result of not providing a product/service or performing an activity, to become unacceptable.
Maximum Tolerable Outage (MTO)
Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption (MTPD)
The time it would take for adverse impacts, which might arise as a result of not providing a product/service or performing and activity, to become unacceptable.
Master Business Continuity Professional. The Master level certification is for individuals with a minimum of five years of Enterprise Continuity Mgmt experience in 7 of the 10 Professional Practices, have passed both the qualifying exam and the Masters case study, and have had their DRII Certification Application approved.
Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI)
This certified membership grade is for professionals that have at least three years? experience in business continuity and who have taken and passed the CBCI Examination with merit.
Minimum Business Continuity Objective (MBCO)
A minimum level of services and/or products that is acceptable to the organization to achieve its business objectives during a disruption.
Minimum Planning Duration (MPD)
A recovery strategy imperative, established by an organization, which mandates how long each contingency plan?s recovery strategy is expected to endure, while relying only on resources or dependencies identified in the plan.
Minimum Planning Radius (MPR)
A recovery strategy imperative, established by an organization, which identifies the minimum geographic range of an event that its contingency plans must address.
Mission-Critical Activity
(1)A critical operational and/or business support activity (either provided internally or outsourced) required by the organization to achieve its objective(s) i.e. services and/or products.(2)Activity determined to be essential to an organization's ability to perform necessary business functions.
Mission-Critical Application
Applications that support business activities or processes that could not be interrupted or unavailable for 24 hours or less without significantly jeopardizing the organization.