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Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)
The management approved document that defines the resources, actions, tasks and data required to manage the technology recovery effort.
Disaster Recovery Planning
The process of developing and maintaining recovery strategies for information technology (IT) systems, applications and data. This includes networks, servers, desktops, laptops, wireless devices, data and connectivity.
Disk Mirroring

Data replication and recovery technique where data is duplicated on a separate disk subsystem preferably separate location, in real time or near real time, to ensure continuous availability of critical information. Data is protected in transit through encryption.


An event that interrupts normal business, functions, operations, or processes, whether anticipated (e.g., hurricane, political unrest) or unanticipated (e.g., a blackout, terror attack, technology failure, or earthquake).

Diverse Routing
The routing of information through split or duplicated cable facilities.
A continuity and recovery strategy requiring the live undertaking of activities at two or more geographically dispersed locations.
A period in time when something is not in operation.
Drop Ship
A strategy for: a) Delivering equipment, supplies, and materials at the time of a business continuity event or exercise. b) Providing replacement hardware within a specified time period via prearranged contractual arrangements with an equipment supplier at the time of a business continuity event.
Duty of Care
A corporate governance requirement to take care of the assets of the organization ? a duty incumbent on officers of an enterprise.
Electronic Vaulting

The electronic transfer of data to an off-site storage facility.

Embedding Business Continuity
The Management Practice within the BCM Lifecycle that continually seeks to integrate Business Continuity into day-to-day activities and organizational culture.
Any incident, whether natural, technological, or human-caused, that requires responsive action to protect life or property.
Emergency Control Center (ECC)
The Command Centre used by the Crisis Management Team during the first phase of an event.
Emergency Coordinator
The person designated to plan, exercise, and implement the activities of sheltering in place or the evacuation of occupants of a site with the first responders and emergency services agencies.
Emergency Data Services
Remote capture and storage of electronic data, such as journaling, electronic vaulting and database shadowing/mirroring.