DRJ Glossary of Business Continuity Terms

Asymptomatic

An individual who has the infection but no symptoms and will not develop them later. Some individuals without symptoms may be able to spread a virus.

Auditor

A person with competence to conduct an audit.

Awareness

To create understanding of basic BC issues and limitations. This will enable staff to recognise threats and respond accordingly.

Backlog

a) The amount of work that accumulates when a system or process is unavailable for a long period of time. This work needs to be processed once the system or process becomes available and may take a considerable amount of time to process. b) A situation whereby a backlog of work requires more time to action than is available through normal working patterns. In extreme circumstances, the backlog may become so large that the backlog cannot be cleared.

Backup (Data)

A process by which data (electronic or paper-based) and programs are copied in some form so as to be available and used if the original data from which it originated are lost, destroyed or corrupted.

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.