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TermDefinition
Workaround Procedures
Alternative procedures that may be used by a functional unit(s) to enable it to continue to perform its critical functions during temporary unavailability of specific application systems, electronic or hard copy data, voice or data communication systems, specialized equipment, office facilities, personnel, or external services.
Work Area Recovery Planning
The business continuity planning process of identifying the needs and preparing procedures and personnel for use at the work area facility.
Work Area Recovery (WAR)
The component of recovery and continuity which deals specifically with the relocation of a key function or department in the event of a disaster, including multiple elements, e.g.: personnel, essential records, equipment supplies, work space, communication facilities, work station computer processing capability, fax, copy machines, mail services. Office recovery environment complete with necessary office infrastructure (desk, telephone, workstation, hardware, communications).Restoration of office activities at an alternative location which provides desks, telephony, office systems and networking capability.
Work Area Facility
A pre-designated space provided with desks, telephones, PCs, etc. ready for occupation by business recovery teams at short notice.
Wide Area Disaster
A catastrophic event that impacts a large geographic area and requires emergency services and civil authorities to take control.
Warm Site
An alternate processing site which is equipped with some hardware, and communications interfaces, electrical and environmental conditioning which is only capable of providing backup after additional provisioning, software or customization is performed.A designated standby site equipped and serviced to a level which will allow the organization to resume essential operations before their non-availability threatens business viability.
Vulnerability
The degree to which a person, asset, process, information, infrastructure or other resources are exposed to the actions or effects of a risk, event or other occurrence.
Vital Records
Records essential to the continued functioning or reconstitution of an organization during and after an emergency and also those records essential to protecting the legal and financial rights of that organization and of the individuals directly affected by its activities.
Vital Materials
Any materials that are essential for recovery from a disaster or major incident.
Virus
An unauthorised programme that inserts itself into a computer system and then propagates itself to other computers via networks or disks. When activated, it interferes with the operation of the computer systems.
Virtual Command Centre
A means of operating when it is physically impossible for members of the Incident Management Team to move to a Command Centre. A virtual command centre working using telephony and internet solutions including a Virtual Battle Box can be established.
Virtual Battle Box
An electronic form of a storage location held on the internet, intranet or cloud so that data and information are immediately available post incident and accessible by the Incident/Crisis Management Team.
Verification
Confirmation, through the provision of evidence, that specified requirements have been fulfilled.
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.
Validation
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.