Risk = Likelihood x impact
Understanding risk is simple. Identifying it – not so much. But risk is your responsibility right? So as long as they’ve got you, other departments don’t have to worry about risk… right? They can focus on finding the new digital initiatives that will keep your business moving. That’s great for them. For you, it can be another story. It’s up to you to make sure your business can pursue these new opportunities with confidence. So, when you look at today’s leading digital initiatives, you probably see things a little differently. Knowing the risks is just the start. Next is applying the equation to weigh the risks up against the opportunity – and no two initiatives are ever the same.
What solutions have you deployed that help you identify the risks of a digital initiative?
This is usually a mix of technologies and static processes. Start by taking stock of them all (and their insights). Then, you’ll have a better understanding of how well you can spot and handle emerging risks in areas like:
How will you analyse the issues and what do you need to measure risk against opportunity?
If you work in security, it might be as simple as getting your hands on a vulnerability scanner. A quick once over will likely reveal a load of potential issues. Of course, you’ll have to consider each one carefully – some will apply to your new digital initiative more than others.
To figure out which should make it on to your list, keep the risk equation in mind. What are the odds of the risk becoming real and what would that mean for your business?
What are you going to do to treat the risk? Once you’ve got your list, you can prioritise the risks, riskiest to least risky.
If you’ve gathered all your insights and applied the risk equation to each, this should be the easy bit. For each, pick one of the following options: