Risk Management Programs

Understand your risk, make a plan to manage it, and measure progress.

Risk Management Benefits

Make risk management a part of your corporate culture and generate business value.

Risk Management Tools

Engage people across the organization, track progress, and support decision making.

Risk Management Assessments

Third-party assessments for independent views and insight.

Risk Management Programs

Risk Management is a proven way to make practical business decisions that protect your systems and information.

Risk Management helps you get your arms around the challenges you face and take steps to manage your specific risk.

Getting started with Risk Management does not need to be complex—starting with the basics and building as needed is very effective.

Organizations get the greatest benefit from Risk Management when it becomes part of the corporate culture—how things are on a day-to-day basis.

Risk Management is a set of techniques that can be used at all levels of your organization to better understand what can impact you and what you have in place to prevent or minimize the impact. It helps you make good business decisions about the things you can do to improve your overall posture.

Risk Management helps your organization prioritize efforts given finite resources when addressing an ever-changing threat landscape.

Effective risk management programs engage your organization at all levels and work across all aspects of how the organization operates and evolves.

Risk Management functions should align with your organization and its operations. Cookie-cutter templates may seem like a fast path forward, but they usually fall short of working well with existing processes and functions.

Risk efforts should be tailored to fit your current business practices. With this tailored fit, risk management processes can align with the way things work in your organization.

When they align, they grow together and allow risk management to support other business functions.

Risk Management helps you understand your risks, make thoughtful decisions about them, and manage efforts to deal with them.

When you start a risk management program, you get your arms around the risk to your systems. You learn the challenges your business may face.

Then you set up a programmatic scope that’s right for you. You set up processes to limit risk. You involve your whole team to get it started.

Once you start it, you keep it going. You learn what works and what should change. You flow what you’ve learned back to adjust your approach.

In time, risk management just becomes part of what you do every day.

  • Know your system...
    Learn the challenges...

  • Get it started.
    Measure progress...
    Make changes...

  • Study your environment...
    Scope your efforts...

Your Business Can Take Advantage of Risk Management

Risk Management uses continuous, closed loop monitoring and assessment of your organization’s systems and controls, involving people, processes, data, and technology

You can build an effective risk management program by:

  • Clearly defining roles and responsibilities.

  • Evolving risk management functions as the organization changes.

  • Identifying and empowering specific people to drive the risk management program.

  • Engaging people at all levels of your organization to be part of risk management processes.

  • Establishing metrics to know what’s working and what needs to change.

  • Supporting risk management functions with tools, expertise, and resources.

  • Establishing leadership support with executive and steering functions to drive efforts.

  • Aligning risk management processes with organizational structures and leveraging existing management and reporting functions.

  • Ensuring risk management processes are sustainable, without impacting other business functions.

  • Integrating risk management objectives with other business functions to avoid duplication of efforts and to achieve economies of scale.

Start Simple – then build

You can start with some simple risk management measures, then modify as your needs change. As your business grows, your program should grow with you.

Agility

Risk management frameworks are designed to change based on both internal and external factors. They are not rigid, but accommodate change easily to maintain applicability and currency.

Currency & Sustainability

Risk management is not a one-time set of efforts. It is a set of capabilities that will support and help drive many different typical business functions in ways that best keep the business safe and secure.

Inclusive & Empowering

Risk management should engage people from all areas across the organization. People at all levels should be engaged to support and benefit from the insight and direction provided by risk management efforts.

Decision & Value Support

Risk management provides a current and detailed understanding of what your organization needs to protect and your are protecting against. This provides real data to make prudent business decisions of what to do and where to invest to provide the best value.

Efficiency & Complimentary

Risk management requires effort and resources, but these functions can be accomplished efficiently and in ways that support other business objectives. Risk management should positively contribute to investment and operational efforts across the organization.

Risk Management Benefits

Effective Risk Management Programs change the dynamic of how the organization and its people deal with risks. Things are not left to chance, but are instead handled based on thoughtful business and data driven considerations.

Risk management programs give people line-of-sight to where the business stands by means of meaningful measures and metrics. This provides shared understanding of where improvements can be made—what is working and what can be improved.

Effective programs engrain risk management capabilities into the corporate culture. Risk management becomes part of how things are done on a daily basis across every part of the organization.

As the organization evolves and grows, risk management adapts accordingly because it is a program designed to handle changing factors.

This agility keeps risk management programs effective methods to keep information and systems safe and secure as the organization progresses.

Risk Management Tools

NCG Orchestration Risk Management Framework Portal:
Cloud-Based Tools for Risk Assessments, Roadmaps, and Lessons Learned

  • Managing all the data and reporting can be almost impossible without automation, and typical compliance and risk management software can be complicated and expensive.

  • NCG developed the Orchestration Risk Management Framework Portal as scalable cloud‐based solution that can be used by everyone in your organization to participate in a tailored risk management program.

    NCG developed the Orchestration Risk Management Framework Portal as scalable cloud‐based solution that can be used by everyone in your organization to participate in a tailored risk management program.

  • We have developed the Risk Management Portal based on NIST standards and our decades of experiences helping organization build and sustain effective program. These tools empower people across your organization by helping them know what is needed, when it is needed, and how your team can collaborate to execute risk management effectively.

To make sure the fit continues to be a good one, the Risk Management Portal has functions for you to measure the effectiveness of efforts and capture lessons learned. These inputs become the basis to make improvements and maintain currency with your current operating environment.

Create and manage current systems and data details, along with their associated risks:
  • Inventory enterprise systems, subsystems, their location, boundaries, and owners
  • Inventory type of information processed, stored, or shared on the system, and users
  • Inventory what is in place to protect those assets and understand what threats area applicable to your specific situation
  • Analyze the impacts to your business if any of threats are realized and make thoughtful decisions of what to do about those risks.
Create & Manage Roadmaps and Action Plans
  • Based on your business decisions, create roadmaps of what you need to get done
  • For specific effort you are ready to move forward with, create plans and list out tasks
  • Set milestones and timelines, and make resources assignments
  • Track progress and completion
  • Measure effectiveness and support continuous improvements
Manage Change & Maintain Currency
  • Captures changes for new systems and interfaces
  • Account for internal and external changes across the operating environment
  • Update factors related to changes in markets, customer base, suppliers, and other key considerations
  • Maintain alignment with current organization structures and personnel

Risk Management Assessments

Third Party Assessment Process

There are many types of Assessments designed for different regulatory constructs, industries and types of organizations Compliance constructs include: NIST, ISO, HIPAA, CCPA, CMMC, EASA, FFIEC, FISMA, GDPR, GLBA, IATA, NERC, FERC, SEC OCIE, SOX, PCI-DSS, SSAE, etc.). We help you pick the right basis for your organization—to meet requirements and provide the best value.

NCG’s assessment process is structured to provide you and stakeholders participating in the process with clearly defined expectations and responsibilities. Throughout the assessment process we provide context and explanation of steps to empower participants in their day-to-day jobs and to have better understanding of their overall roles in the organization’s risk management.

We provide assessment findings, supported by applicable technical and procedural details. Based on those findings, we provide recommendations for important actions and improvements. We help organizations review findings and recommendations to create their own implementation roadmaps.

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