DRJ Glossary of Business Continuity Terms

Backup Generator

An independent source of power, usually fueled by diesel or natural gas.

Battle Box

A container - often literally a box or brief case - in which data and information are stored so as to be immediately available post incident.

Black Swan

A term popular in BCM, based upon a book of the same name in which the author defines a Black Swan as an event that has not been predicted by normal scientific or probability methods.

Building Denial

A situation in which premises cannot, or are not allowed to be, accessed.

Business Continuity

The strategic and tactical capability of the organization to plan for and respond to incidents and business disruptions in order to continue business operations at an acceptable predefined level. The capability of the organization to continue delivery of products or services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident.

Business Continuity (BC) Policy

The key document that sets out the scope and governance of the BCM programme and reflects the reasons why it is being implemented.

Business Continuity (BC) Professional

An experienced individual with responsibilities for practicing and/or managing business continuity.

Business Continuity Coordinator

A role within the BCM program that coordinates planning and implementation for overall recovery of an organization or unit(s).

Business Continuity Management (BCM)

Holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organization and the impacts to business operations those threats, if realized, might cause, and which provides a framework for building organizational resilience with the capability of an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities.

Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lifecycle

The stages of activity that an organization moves through and repeats with the overall aim of improving organizational resilience.