DRJ Glossary of Business Continuity Terms

Threat Analysis

The process of evaluating threats to identify unacceptable concentrations of risk to activities and single points of failure.

Trauma Management

The process of helping employees deal with trauma in a systematic way following an event by proving trained counselors, support systems, and coping strategies with the objective of restoring employees psychological well-being.


An event that causes a system to initiate a response.

Uncontrolled Spread

Large scale community transmission where cases increase at a rate higher than a 25% increase over a 14-day period. Also influenced by test positivity rates, ICU capacity, cases per million per day and ability to contact trace. Spread is no longer controlled by conventional means such as handwashing or social distancing.

Unexpected Loss

The worst-case financial loss or impact that a business could incur due to a particular loss event or risk. The unexpected loss is calculated as the expected loss plus the potential adverse volatility in this value.

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

A backup electrical power supply that provides continuous power to critical equipment in the event that commercial power is lost. A battery powered backup power supply use to provide short-term temporary power in the event of failure of mains supply.

Urgent Activity

A term used to cover activities in support of Product and Services which needs to be done within a short timescale.


A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins.


The Technical Practice within the BCM Lifecycle that confirms that the Business Continuity Management (BCM) programme meets the objectives set in the Business Continuity (BC) Policy and that the organization's Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is fit for purpose.

Validation Script

A set of procedures within the Business Continuity Plan to validate the proper function of a system or process before returning it to production operation.