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A simple incident taxonomy

2011/03/15

Yesterday I learned about the International Nuclear Event Scale. Given this tool nuclear accidents are characterized in a 7 degree scale as follows:

  • 7 – Major Accident
  • 6 – Serious Accident
  • 5 – Accident with Wider Consequences
  • 4 – Accident with Local Conswquences
  • 3 – Serious Incident
  • 2 – Incident
  • 1 – Anomaly
  • 0 – Deviation (No safety significance)

Uppon seeing the scale I thought that it could be useful for characterizing cyber incidents too. Yeah I know, like we do not already have enough incident taxonomies. But I like it anyway.

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