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European Definitions

National Definitions

United States
An unplanned event that causes an information system to be inoperable for a length of time .[1]

E.g., minor or extended power outage, extended unavailable network, or equipment or facility damage or destruction.

Standard Definition

=BS 25999-2

Event, whether anticipated (e.g. a labour strike or hurricane) or unanticipated (e.g. a blackout or earthquake), which causes an unplanned, negative deviation from the expected delivery of products or services according to the organization’s objectives. [2]

ISO/PAS 22399:2007

Incident, whether anticipated (e.g. hurricane) or unanticipated (e.g. a blackout or earthquake) which disrupts the normal course of operations at an organization location. [3]

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