ISO 31000 Risk Management

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What is ISO 31000 risk management?

ISO 31000 is a framework and process for managing risk in organisations. ISO 31000 risk management framework works alongside other standards, such as ISO 27001. ISO 31000, Risk Management - Guidelines help organisations identify risks, assess their likelihood and impact, and define mitigation strategies. The guidelines assist organisations to integrate risk management into significant business activities and functions.

Organisations that use ISO 31000 as the basis for their risk management start with appropriate leadership and a commitment to ensure risk management practices are integrated and adopted across the entire organisation. The risk management framework needs to take into account an organisation’s internal culture and external context with appropriate roles defined with appropriate resources, responsibility and authority to manage identified risks.

Communication is a key element to the successful implementation of ISO 31000. This involves sharing information with targeted audiences and allowing participants to provide feedback. Communication and consultation should be timely and ensure that relevant information is collected, acknowledged and shared with feedback provided with a goal to continually improve the organisation's risk posture.

Why does ISO 31000 matter to your organisation?

No organisation operates in a vacuum. Understanding internal and external risks is critical to the ongoing survival and success. An ISO31000 risk management process should be an integral part of management and decision-making. Risk management is not a discrete activity that is undertaken in isolation. It should be integrated into an organisation’s structure, operations and processes and applied at strategic, operational, program and project levels.

ISO 31000 risk management framework

Armed with an effective ISO 31000 risk management framework and process, compliance with regulatory obligations can be simplified. At their heart, regulatory regimes are focussed on reducing risks for specific stakeholders. When your organisation has a well considered and thoughtfully deployed risk management system, compliance with regulatory obligations is streamlined. And because you have a well documented and implemented risk management plan, your internal and external stakeholders, including customers and partners, can be assured that their interactions with you are well protected.

Risk management, using an established and proven framework improves your organisation's resilience. As you have already considered risks and consequences, and put mitigation plans in place, you can be assured that should an adverse event occur, you have appropriate response plans to reduce their impact so your organisation can continue operating.

ISO 31000 risk management process

Managing risk is a key element of your physical and information security plans. Tesserent has deep expertise in the assessment of cybersecurityISO 31000 risk management process. Tesserent’s leading experts can assist with the identification and quantification of risks across your entire organisation and work with you to create an appropriate control program that’s aligned with ISO 31000.

Tesserent can assist in the assessment, development and implementation of enterprise risk management frameworks based on ISO31000, including all elements of:

  • ISO 31000 Risk Policy
  • ISO 31000 Risk Procedures
  • ISO 31000 Risk Registers
  • ISO 31000 Risk Appetite Statement and
  • Associated processes across Information Technology and other areas of the organisation.

How we can help

Tesserent’s cybersecurity team has extensive experience and deep expertise across a broad range of industries when it comes to finding, assessing and mitigating risks. This covers everything from the governance and risks associated with IT systems, whether they are hosted on-premise or the cloud as well as physical security, a critical area as the line between the physical and logical is blurring with the Internet of Things (IoT).

Once you have implemented an ISO 31000 aligned risk management platform, Tesserent can undertake regular reviews and provide advice on ways to continually improve your security posture and be prepared for emerging and potential new risks, ensuring best practice and continuous improvement.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ISO 31000 and its significance in risk management?

ISO 31000 is an international standard that provides guidelines and principles for effective risk management. It outlines a systematic approach to identifying, assessing, treating, and monitoring risks across various organisations and sectors. The standard aims to enhance decision-making, improve organisational resilience, and facilitate better allocation of resources.

How does ISO 31000 define risk and its components?

ISO 31000 defines risk as the effect of uncertainty on objectives. It emphasises that risks consist of both potential negative consequences (threats) and positive outcomes (opportunities). The standard highlights the importance of understanding the context, identifying risk sources, assessing the likelihood and impact of risks, and evaluating the effectiveness of risk treatments.

What are the key steps in implementing ISO 31000 risk management?

The implementation of ISO 31000 involves several key steps:

  • Establishing the context: Understanding the internal and external factors that affect the organisation's risk landscape.
  • Risk identification: Identifying and categorising potential risks that could impact objectives.
  • Risk assessment: Evaluating the likelihood and potential impact of identified risks.
  • Risk treatment: Developing and implementing strategies to mitigate, transfer, accept, or exploit risks.
  • Monitoring and review: Continuously assessing the effectiveness of risk management strategies and adapting them as needed.

How does ISO 31000 support integration with other management processes?

ISO 31000 promotes the integration of risk management into an organisation's existing management processes. This integration ensures that risk considerations are woven into decision-making at all levels. By aligning risk management with strategic planning, project management, and operational activities, organisations can enhance their ability to achieve objectives while minimising potential negative outcomes.

Is ISO 31000 applicable to all types of organisations and industries?

Yes, ISO 31000 is designed to be applicable to a wide range of organisations, regardless of their size, industry, or sector. It provides a flexible framework that can be adapted to different contexts and business environments. Whether in the public or private sector, profit or nonprofit, manufacturing or services, ISO 31000 offers a universally recognised approach to effective risk management.

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