Glossary

Risk Management Maturity

What is Risk Management?

Risk management is the process used to manage risk in your organization. It also accelerates the way your business achieves milestones and implements programs by ensuring the work you are doing is relevant and measured in line with a level of business-risk appropriate to the company’s risk appetite. 

But risk management isn’t something that stands still. As your business grows, as new staff is hired and new assignments start, you’ll need more risk management maturity to deepen the team’s understanding of risk and build good security practices.

Implementing any framework or standard without a detailed risk management maturity model can become a burden on organizations. Let’s clarify what we mean by risk management maturity.

Risk Management Maturity

What Is Risk Management Maturity?

The way a company implements and improves the way it handles risk is an indication of its risk management maturity. The maturity of an organization’s risk management system can be categorized into levels that range from having no formal process to full integration of risk management into all aspects of an enterprise. 

A risk maturity assessment is a great place to start to gain solid insights into your current maturity level and identify areas that need shaping up. When assessing maturity, It’s important to assess not just where your enterprise currently stands, but where you want it to be in the future and what requirements need to be met from a risk management perspective. This target level, surprisingly, may not always be at the top tier. It’s not always necessary to maintain top-notch risk management for every conceivable aspect of risk.  The goal is to understand exactly in which areas “good enough” really is good enough, and in which areas the enterprise needs improvement to meet regulatory demands and stakeholder expectations. In determining its target risk maturity level, an organization needs to consider the model as progressive that gradually hardens into maturity.

One way to better understand both where your entity stands and what your long and short-term goals are is to evaluate your organization’s risk management capabilities against a maturity model. 

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A Maturity Model for Risk Management

Maturity models are a common tool to help organizations understand their level of capability in a specific area. In addition, detailing the difference between risk management capability maturity levels and descriptions of each maturity stage helps an organization achieve a deep understanding of the improvements that would enable it to reach a higher level of maturity over time.

A risk management maturity model allows organizations to assess how their risk management process correlates to risk management levels defined in standardized framework models. As we explained earlier, the maturity model accelerates the overall maturity process since it defines a clear path of how a risk management strategy should be gradually developed and refined. As organizations progress along the maturity curve of the model, risk management activities become more integrated, governed, and inclusive. At the top level, risk management becomes a strategic concern, embedded into the core of business operational planning.

Entities are encouraged to adopt an appropriate risk maturity that is reflective of their size, industry, resources, and risk culture, and not strive for the top of the mountain, wasting money and resources that won’t yield benefits.

A maturity model can help you answer the following questions: 

  • How well can my organization manage its risks right now? 
  • How capable does my organization need to be concerning business risks?
  • How can we achieve the target level of risk maturity?
  • How long will the process take?
  • Which risk management processes are already in place? 
  • Which existing processes can we leverage to benefit our risk management maturity plan?

Achieve Risk Management Maturity with Centraleyes

Good risk management is all about making strategic decisions across the entire enterprise with full awareness of the risk’s negative impacts and positive opportunities. A systematic approach to identifying, assessing, implementing, and responding to risks is essential. That’s why Centraleyes’ cutting-edge approach takes so much guesswork out of enterprise risk assessment questionnaires and transforms risk management into a manageable process.

Risk management today is a far broader concept than it was years ago when many viewed it as an equation to ensure business assets against physical loss or damage. Today, leaders realize that the value inevitably comes at the expense of risk exposure and they must therefore take responsibility for addressing risk with every decision they make. 

We hope that the concepts outlined here provide a broad overview for putting risk management into practice. As you continue to pursue risk maturity in your company, Centraleyes is here to help you along the way.

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See for yourself how the Centraleyes platform exceeds anything an old GRC
system does and eliminates the need for manual processes and spreadsheets
to give you immediate value and run a full risk assessment in less than 30 days

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