Service AvailabilityEvents that disrupt access to a service such as a streaming media service that is running too slow to use.product quality. For example, a batch of bicycle helmets that are shipped with a defect.
Customer ServiceAn instance of unacceptable customer service such as an employee who insults a customer.
ReputationAn event that harms your reputation. For example, an executive that says something to the media that causes a backlash against your firm.
ComplianceA failure to comply with laws and regulations. For example, a restaurant chain that fails to comply with food safety regulations at a location.
Labor ActionAn organized action taken by employees that disrupts your business such as a strike.
Information SecurityAn information security incident is the unauthorized disruption, access, use, modification or destruction of information technology or data. For example, unauthorized access to a banking website.
Physical SecurityA physical event that harms the safety and security of people or property. For example, a theft.
Health & SafetyAny event that harms the health and safety of people. For example, an employee falling down the stairs at your office.
Fire & FloodFires and floods that harm people or damage property. These are typically considered both physical security and health & safety incidents.
SabotageInsiders who deliberately damage your business in some way. For example, a mechanic who deliberately delays a flight by creating a maintenance issue.
ProcessFailure of a process such as a production line that goes down due to a system problem.
SupplyA disruption to supply such as a restaurant that needs to suspend service due to a failure to secure food ingredients.
MachinesThe failure of a critical machine such as an oven at a bakery.
Employee PerformanceUnacceptable employee performance such as an instance of workplace bullying.
InfrastructureA failure of infrastructure. For example, a disruption to telecom services at a data center.
FacilitiesFailure of a facility. For example, an office location that is closed due to a political protest.
Force MajeureA force majeure is a large scale negative event that is beyond your control as an organization such as a war, terror attack, disaster, epidemic, strike or political protest. It is possible to prepare for these incidents by designing resilience into your facilities, infrastructure, processes and culture. For example, constructing buildings to be earthquake and fire resistant.
Incident vs AccidentThe difference between an incident and an accident is that an incident isn't necessarily accidental but can be intentional or designed into a system. In a business context, it is rare to use the term accident as this implies that events are out of your control when in fact there is usually something that could have been done to prevent or mitigate each negative event.
Incident vs RiskAn incident is a risk that has occurred. A risk is potential for a negative event that hasn't yet occurred.
|Overview: Business Incident|
An event that causes a loss or disruption to a business.