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UPDATED: September 2019
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TermDefinition
Stand Down
Formal notification that the response to a Business Continuity event is no longer required or has been concluded.A formal announcement that alert status is over and the plan will not be invoked any further.
Standalone Test
A test conducted on a specific component of a plan in isolation from other components to validate component functionality, typically under simulated operating conditions.
Standby
A continuity and recovery strategy where a facility is available to be made operational as required.
Structured Walkthrough
Types of exercise in which team members physically implement the business continuity plans and verbally review each step to assess its effectiveness, identify enhancements, constraints and deficiencies.
Succession Plan
A predetermined plan for ensuring the continuity of authority, decision-making, and communication in the event that key members of executive management unexpectedly become incapacitated.
Supply Chain Resilience Analysis
A proactive analysis of vulnerabilities affecting the logistical process of a product or service to establish risk thresholds.
Syndicated Subscription Service
Work space shared by a limited number of organizations, configured for general occupation (not for a particular organization).
System Recovery
The procedures for rebuilding a computer system and network to the condition where it is ready to accept data and applications, and facilitate network communications.
System Restore
The procedures necessary to return a system to an operable state using all available data including data captured by alternate means during the outage.
System Risk
Potential difficulties, such as failure of one participant or part of a process, system, industry or market to meet its obligations, that could cause other participants to not meet their obligations; this could cause liquidity and other problems, thereby threatening stability of the whole process, system, industry or market.
Table Top Exercise
One method of exercising plans in which participants review and discuss the actions they would take without actually performing the actions. Technique for rehearsing emergency teams in which participants review and discuss the actions they would 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.
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.
Test
A pass/fail evaluation of infrastructure (example-computers, cabling, devices, hardware) and\or 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.
Threat
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.