Steps to cyber risk assessment
Once that’s completed here are the steps needed to undertake a cyber risk audit.
1. Identify threat sources and events
2. Identify vulnerabilities and how they may be exploited
3. Estimate the likelihood of these threats occurring
4. Evaluate the potential impact on your business if they do occur
5. Determine the degree of risk involved
6. Rank the risks in order of priority
7. Prioritise actions and responses to critical risks
Steps to cyber risk assessment
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Every organisation should take a fresh look at the impact specific cyber events can have and whether management’s response plan is properly oriented and sufficiently supported. This review includes an assessment of internal processes and capabilities to determine whether proactive steps should be taken to make necessary improvements — both near term and long term.
The key to mitigating IT risks is to minimise the harm they can cause. One way to manage risks is for boards to set up policies and procedures to reduce risks. Non-profit boards can also transfer some degree of risk by purchasing the appropriate insurance policies or by outsourcing some activities
Control Frameworks must be regimented but flexible enough to tackle the risk that organisation faces. This aspect challenges the previous two control mechanisms.
n developing IT governance policies, board directors will need to consider the organisation’s operational and strategic needs, as well as keep a watchful eye on reviewing and amending their policies as the company’s needs change and impact of IT on the organisation.
Document the IT equipment in your organisation, keeping track of this allows you to manage when new equipment is needed, budget and understand if you are getting the best value from IT.