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A Pragmatist’s Guide to Information Risk Quantification

Published: 24 January 2017

ID: G00346774

Analyst(s): CIO Research Team


In this research, we outline a practical approach to information risk quantification, a process that aims to provide functions with results without being so precise that effort is wasted and the assessment does not hold up in meetings with business stakeholders.

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How to Think About Applying Rigor in Information Risk Quantification

Lessons for a Pragmatic Approach to Risk Quantification

Lesson 1: Recognize All Risk Assessments Entail Quantifying Risk

Lesson 2: Get to a Practical Degree of Precision

Lesson 3: Strive Toward Incremental Improvements in Information Risk Assessments

Lesson 4: Decompose the Problem into Knowns and Unknowns to Flush Out Areas of Uncertainty

Lesson 5: Build Flexibility into Your Model


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