Planning & Management Definitions

  • B

    business continuity

    Business continuity is the ability of an organization to maintain essential functions during, as well as after, a disaster has occurred.

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for unforeseen risks to continued operations.

  • Business Continuity Institute (BCI)

    The Business Continuity Institute, which was started in 1994 and is headquartered out of the United Kingdom, is an international organization that offers accreditation and certification, networking, published resources, training and guidance for business continuity professionals.

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue operating during an unplanned event.

  • business continuity plan audit

    A business continuity plan audit is a formalized method for evaluating how business continuity processes are being managed to determine whether the BC plan is effective and in line with the company’s objectives.

  • business continuity policy

    Business continuity policy is the set of standards and guidelines an organization enforces to ensure resilience and proper risk management.

  • business continuity software

    Business continuity software is an application or suite designed to make business continuity planning/business continuity management (BCP/BCM) processes, metrics and compliance more efficient and accurate.

  • C

    call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an event.

  • change control

    Change control is a systematic approach to managing all changes made to a product or system. The purpose is to ensure that no unnecessary changes are made, that all changes are documented, that services are not unnecessarily disrupted and that resources are used efficiently.

  • crisis communication

    Crisis communication is a method of corresponding with people and organizations during a disruptive event to provide them with the information they need to respond to the situation.

  • crisis management plan (CMP)

    A crisis management plan (CMP) is a document that outlines the processes an organization will use to respond to a critical situation that would negatively affect its profitability, reputation or ability to operate.

  • D

    data replication

    Data replication copies data from one location to another using a SAN, LAN or local WAN. This allows organizations to have current data available in case a disaster occurs. There are two types of data replication: synchronous and asynchronous.

  • disaster recovery (DR)

    Disaster recovery strategies are critical, as many businesses fail following an unforeseen event. DR may require an internal or external site when a main data center is down.

  • disaster recovery (DR) test

    A disaster recovery test (DR test) is the examination of each step in a disaster recovery plan as outlined in an organization's business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) planning process.

  • disaster recovery plan (DRP)

    A company's disaster recovery policy is enhanced with a documented DR plan that formulates strategies, and outlines preparation work and testing.

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