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Immediate and effective reporting may help prepare for future incidents, and prevent incidents from recurring. Incident reporting shares knowledge across HHS OPDIVs and can reduce the likelihood of future occurrences. An incident is any disruption in the system due to manmade or natural causes.
By knowing how to respond during an incident, you can help resolve the issue efficiently, minimize loss of information, and minimize disruption of services or breach of security. Be sure to follow incident reporting procedures while an incident is being handled and document each step toward resolution.
For NIST's guidance on the benefits of having an incident response plan, please see NIST SP 800-86: Guide to Integrating Forensic Techniques into Incident Response)
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