Develop and Implement a Security Risk Management Program

With great risk management comes a great security program.

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Without security risk management in place, organizations are unable to:

  • Prioritize different security initiatives and controls.
  • Communicate if they are currently secure.
  • Articulate if they will be secure in the future.
  • Provide the best level of security for their unique threat model.

By implementing Info-Tech’s security risk management model, organizations can:

  • Take a dynamic view into how risk changes on a micro and macro scale.
  • Clearly state whether they are below a defined risk tolerance level or above it.
  • Build security strategies that are prioritized for the particular needs of the organization.

Module 1: Establish the Risk Environment

The Purpose

  • Build the foundation needed for a security risk management program.
  • Define roles and responsibilities of the risk executive.
  • Define an information security risk tolerance level.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  • Defined risk tolerance level.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Define the security executive function RACI chart.
  • Defined roles and responsibilities for the risk executive
1.2 Assess your organizational risk culture.
1.3 Perform a cursory assessment of management risk culture.
1.4 Standardize impact terminology.
  • Standardized impact terminology to be used throughout the risk model
1.5 Define frequency or impact thresholds outside of micro risk tolerance level.
  • Defined frequency and impact thresholds to be used throughout the risk model
1.6 Evaluate risk scenarios to determine your micro risk tolerance level.
1.7 Optimize the sensitivity of your screening test.
1.8 Decide on a custom weighting.
1.9 Finalize the micro risk tolerance level.
  • Defined micro risk tolerance level
1.10 Define macro risk tolerance level.

Module 2: Conduct Threat and Risk Assessments

The Purpose

  • Determine when and how to conduct threat and risk assessments (TRAs).
  • Complete one or two TRAs, as time permits during the workshop.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Developed process for how to conduct threat and risk assessments.
  • Deep risk analysis for one or two IT projects/initiatives, as time permits.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Determine when to initiate a risk assessment and which project/initiative will be assessed.
  • Established criteria for when to conduct risk assessments
2.2 Review appropriate data classification scheme.
2.3 Identify system elements and perform data discovery.
  • Defined scope of the threat and risk assessment
2.4 Map data types to the elements.
2.5 Identify STRIDE threats and assign rankings.
  • Identified threats to the particular project and defined current severity level
2.6 Determine risk actions taking place and assign countermeasures.
  • Defined actions to review and/or reduce risk
2.7 Calculate mitigated risk severity based on actions.
  • Defined mitigated risk severity level
2.8 Review results and form risk-based decisions.
  • Final decisions made based upon the final risk assessment results

Module 3: Build a Security Risk Register

The Purpose

  • Collect, analyze, and aggregate all individual risks into the security risk register.
  • Plan for the future of risk management.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Established risk register to provide overview of the organizational macro risk level.
  • Ability to communicate risk to other stakeholders as needed.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Begin building a risk register.
  • Established risk register document
3.2 Identify risks and threats that exist in the organization.
  • Identification of risks beyond that of the TRAs alone
3.3 Identify which stakeholders sign off on each risk.
3.4 Review the macro risk level of the entire organization.
  • Understanding of the macro level of risk
3.5 Act upon risk results, depending on the macro level as it relates to the risk tolerance.
3.6 If necessary, revisit risk tolerance.
3.7 Plan for the future of risk management.

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