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A Risk-Based Approach to Manage Enterprise Vulnerabilities in Highly Regulated Industries

Published: 10 January 2018

ID: G00320936

Analyst(s): Prateek Bhajanka , Claudio Neiva , Paul Proctor , Craig Lawson


CIOs must implement a risk-based approach to addressing technology risk and cybersecurity issues that impact business outcomes. This vulnerability management process addresses risk-based decision making and governance in a highly regulated environment.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Develop a Risk Appetite Statement
  • Establish Committees With Business Unit Involvement to Make Risk-Based Decisions
  • Institute a Risk Decision Process
    • Technology Architecture Committee
    • Local Authority
    • Risk Review Committee
    • Appeal Committee
    • Enterprise CIO/CTO Council
  • Document and Report Results to Inform and Improve Decision Making
    • Measuring and Reporting
  • Reality Check — Applying These Lessons in a Large Enterprise

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