Gartner Research

What Is a Risk Register, and Why Do You Need One?

Published: 17 November 2009

ID: G00172703

Analyst(s): Jeffrey Wheatman


An IT-risk register is an important tool for communicating IT-related risks to senior leadership. An IT-risk register will help risk and security professionals convey information about the current status of IT-related risks and associated potential impacts to stakeholders within the business.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • What Should a Risk Register Contain?
  • What Your Risk Register Should Not Contain
  • How Should You Use the Risk Register?
  • Simple Risk Management Process Flow
  • Tactical Guidelines

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