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 BCP Definitions?

Like all industries, business continuity planning has its specific terms and abbreviations.  This is not an exhaustive list of every term you might encounter, but it does address the more common ones.

 

Alternate Data Center - The facility that houses the IT servers used with the primary servers are not available.

 

Alternate Work Facility - Another facility where staff can work from if the primary facility is not available.

 

Business Continuity - Ensuring a business can recover day-to-day operations in a timely manner.

 

Business Impact Analysis - The study of functions performed by an organization, specifically the financial / reputational / legal damage that might result if that function is not performed in a timely manner.  Analyzes dependencies on other functions and the vital records  and resources needed to perform them.  Typically establishes Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives.

 

Continuity of Operations - Ensuring a government agency, school, not-for-profit organization can recover operations in a timely manner.

 

Essential Functions - Those tasks that are important to day-to-day operations.

 

Maximum Recovery Time Objective (MRTO) - The longest a function can be down before irreparable damage occurs.

 

MRTO (Maximum Recovery Time Objective) - The longest a function can be down before irreparable damage occurs.

 

Mission Essential Functions - Those tasks that support  the core functions / mission statement of your organization.

 

Primary Facilities - The normal day-to-day facility.

 

Primary Mission Essential Functions - The most important things your organization does.

 

Recovery Point Objective (RPO) - Where a computer application (or other function) needs to be recovered to in order to prevent untoward effects on the organization.

 

Recovery Time Objective (RTO) - How quickly you need to resume a function / data system / process to prevent untoward effects on the organization.

 

Risk Analysis - A study of the Natural, Human, and Technological threats to an organization.  A Risk Factor is calculated based upon the Likelihood of Occurrence, Severity of the Event, Warning Time, Duration of the Effects.  In addition, the impact on technology, transportation, facilities, staff and other key factors are identified to help develop mitigating / preventative solutions.

 

RPO (Recovery Point Objective) - Where a computer application (or other function) needs to be recovered to in order to prevent untoward effects on the organization.

 

RTO (Recovery Time Objective) - How quickly you need to resume a function / data system / process to prevent untoward effects on the organization.

 

Vital Records and Resources (VR&R) - The staff / vendors, equipment, computer applications, paper documents, specialized equipment necessary to perform a function.

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Tech Valley Continuity, LLC. provides business continuity and disaster recovery planning services to a wide range of public and private organizations.  Services include: Risk Analysis (RA), Business Impact Analysis (BIA), Plan Testing and Plan Audits for key vendors and customers.  We model our Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity plans against the national standard - NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster / Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs

 

Tech Valley Continuity, LLC. promotes a full and complete business continuity planning process, performed with due diligence and conforming to industry best practices, and Tech Valley Continuity, LLC. asserts that only by employing these practices and applying them to your unique business environment can a comprehensive business continuity plan be developed.

 

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