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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.
ICT Continuity
Capability of the organization to plan for and respond to incidents and disruptions in order to continue lCT (Information and Communications Technology) services at an acceptable level.
ICT Disaster Recovery
The ability of the ICT elements of an organization to support its most urgent business functions to acceptable levels within a pre-determined period of time following a disruption.
ICT Disaster Recovery Plan
A clearly defined and documented plan which recovers ICT capabilities when a disruption occurs.
(1) The effect, acceptable or unacceptable, of an event on an organization. (2) Results associated with a disaster or emergency situation over time on an organization.Evaluated consequence of a particular outcome.
Impact Analysis
The process of analyzing all operational activities and the effect that an operational impact might have upon them.
The Technical Practice within the Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lifecycle that executes the agreed strategies through the process of developing the Business Continuity Plan.