IT Risk Is Not About IT – It’s About the Business

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For example, a highly distributed organization with very distinct businesses may need to design a broader degree of federation than a global organization that is highly regulated and needs to establish greater consistency and predictability across the business. It’s important to understand your organization’s vision, what is truly important to your organization’s performance and how global and local operations are designed to support core businesses, partners, suppliers and customers.

What to do: Focus on what part of the risk management framework needs to be common, report risks in a holistic way to key stakeholders such as the board or leadership team. Understand how risks roll up. Most importantly, be accepting of differing opinions and perspectives throughout the process.

Information technology risk teams know well that the scope of IT risks can be very broad – ranging from technical security risk, to IT operations risk, through to operational risk and enterprise risk. IT risk teams typically have deep skills in risk identification and analysis of information technology components, and many are also quite skilled in making recommendations on risk treatment options. But their scope and point of view is typically limited to technology applications and infrastructure. As the enterprise becomes increasingly complex, and extends out with deep interlocks to customer and supplier eco-systems, IT risk teams' core competencies need to evolve.

When IT risk teams are effective, they’ve formed partnerships with other risk stakeholders across the organization – business leaders, the chief risk officer, internal audit, information and physical security teams, business resilience groups and vendor management. They understand how IT is linked up the stack to the business, press to get risk appetites defined, and are able to translate risk appetite into acceptable thresholds that IT operational teams can work with. 

Here are four critical core capabilities, identified by Yo Delmar, vice president of GRC solutions at MetricStream, that IT risk teams need to develop in order to be truly effective in working with the business.  


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