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Ignition Guide to Drafting Information Risk Appetite Statements

Published: 17 August 2017

ID: G00346032

Analyst(s): Information Risk Research Team


This guide includes documents that will help you educate business partners on the business value of creating and using an information risk appetite statement, assess business partners’ preferred risk-taking posture, and write an information risk appetite statement that aligns with business partners’ risk-taking posture and corporate risk philosophy.

Table Of Contents



Step 1 of 5: Develop a Plan for Drafting the Information Risk Appetite Statement

Project Objectives

Roles and Responsibilities

Before You Start

Common Pitfalls and Keys to Success

Step 2 of 5: Assess Business Partners’ Risk-Taking Preferences


How to Set Up for Success

Step 3 of 5: Create the Information Risk Appetite Statement


How to Set Up for Success

Step 4 of 5: Finalize and Communicate the Information Risk Appetite Statement


How to Set Up for Success

Step 5 of 5: Set Up to Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Statement

Review Your Performance

Keys to Continued Success

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