ComputerWeekly: Refining the language of risk

When it comes to risk analysis, one of the most important tools an IT executive can deploy is compelling language.

Getting buy-in from senior management is one of the most, if not the most, important prerequisite for effective IT risk management. Senior management will not be interested in the gritty technical details; they will want to ensure that risk analysis:

Contains thoughtful consideration of all possible risk events
Uses domain expertise and whatever useful security metrics exist to determine event probabilities
Leverages business owners’ knowledge of their operations to consider the impact of various risk events to the business in a meaningful way
Introduces as much objectivity and precision as possible into the risk analysis process
Produces prioritized output to guide executive decision-making on risk management
Is communicated, including its findings and recommendations, in clear and understandable language

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Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.