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Find Terms by Theme: Disaster Recovery

Business Continuity

Definition:

The activities performed by the agency to ensure critical functions are available to entities needing access to those functions.  Business continuity is related to restoring normal day-to-day functions in the event of service disruptions. Business continuity planning is different than disaster recovery planning.

Context:
Disaster Recovery

Continuity of Operations

Definition:
Continuity of Operations involves the activities associated with the identification of critical systems and processes, and the planning and preparation required to ensure that these systems and processes will be available in the event of a catastrophic event and involves the internal actions necessary to develop a plan for resuming operations after a catastrophic event occurs. This can include Contingency Planning, Continuity of Operations and Service Recovery work.
Context:
IT Business Function

Continuity of Operations Planning

Definition:

The effort to ensure that mission-essential functions continue to be performed during a wide range of emergencies which could be localized or widespread.

Context:
Disaster Recovery

Covered Technology

Definition:

All public-facing content, including websites, applications, documents and media, blog posts, and social media content. Certain non-public-facing content that must also comply. Examples include: All electronic content used for official business to communicate: emergency notifications, initial or final decisions adjudicating administrative claims or proceedings, internal or external program or policy announcements, notices of benefits, program eligibility, employment opportunities or personnel actions, formal acknowledgements or receipts, questionnaires or surveys, templates or forms, educational or training materials, and web-based intranets.

Critical Issue

Definition:

A known system defect or enhancement request that if left unresolved could significantly impact business operations, compliance with statute or policy, the integrity of the system or data or otherwise create a public health, safety or other significant risk areas.

Data Recovery

Definition:
Defines the set of capabilities to support the restoration and stabilization of data sets to a consistent, desired state
Context:
IT Business Function

Disaster Recovery

Definition:

Restarting technology operations after an outage using processes, policies and procedures prepared for recovery or continuation of mission-essential technology infrastructure after a disaster. 

These processes are found in a DR Plan.  DR is a subset of business continuity and COOP.

The three principal goals of DR are to:

  • Save data,
  • Save hardware, software and facilities
  • Resume critical processes/restore data.
Context:
Disaster Recovery

Information Technology (IT) Assets

Definition:

The processes, procedures, systems, IT infrastructure, data, and communication capabilities that allow each agency to manage, store, and share information in pursuit of its business mission, including but not limited to:

  • Applications.
  • All data typically associated with IT systems regardless of source (agency, partner, customer, citizen, etc.). 
  • All data typically associated with IT systems regardless of the medium on which it resides (disc, tape, flash drive, cell phone, personal digital assistant, etc.).
  • End-user authentication systems.
  • Hardware (voice, video, radio transmitters and receivers, mainframes, servers, workstations, personal computers, laptops, and all end point equipment).
  • Software (operating systems, application software, middleware, microcode).
  • IT infrastructure (networks, connections, pathways, servers, wireless endpoints).
  • Services (data processing, telecommunications, office automation, and computerized information systems).
  • Telecommunications hardware, software, and networks.
  • Radio frequencies.
  • Data computing and telecommunications facilities.
  • Intelligent control systems such as video surveillance, HVAC, and physical security.

Recovery Point Objective

Definition:

The point in time, prior to a disruption or outage, to which essential data can be recovered after an outage.  This defines the maximum level of data loss that is acceptable in the event of an outage or incident.

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Context:
Disaster Recovery

Recovery Time Objective

Definition:

The period of time following an event within which a service or activity must be resumed or a technology resource recovered.

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Context:
Disaster Recovery

Resilient

Definition:

The capability of remaining or returning to a normal situation after an event by having multiple ways of performing a function.  This may include people, processes or technology.  Generally speaking, this means there would be no single point of failure that could stop a process.

Context:
Disaster Recovery

Service Disruption

Definition:

An unplanned event that causes an information system to be inoperable for a period of time.

Context:
Disaster Recovery