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Managing Risk
Managing Risk
Overview

Today’s risk management requires strategies that optimize risk, increase performance, and enable you to operate effectively. A robust risk management strategy should:

  • Increase security effectiveness by establishing priorities and determining where policies and controls will have maximum impact.
  • Reduce compliance risk through an integrated program that provides a unified view across the entire enterprise.
  • Minimize the risk of business disruption by minimizing the risk of data loss.
Establish a Secure Foundation That Fosters Innovation

EMC Consulting recommends an information-centric approach to learn what is critical to key business initiatives. We diligently “follow the data” to gain a holistic view of where it exists across the organization, where the points of vulnerability are, and what events could put your business at risk.

Our Perspective

We help establish priorities for information security investments. We base these priorities on the amount of risk a given activity entails relative to its potential business reward (and in keeping with your organization’s appetite for risk).

Once enterprise information has been located and a risk assessment performed, we implement controls—including policies, technologies, and tools—to mitigate that risk.

Demystify the Complexities of Compliance

Today's business executives face a myriad of laws and regulations with rigorous and dynamically evolving rules. Structuring and implementing effective corporate controls across all business lines has become a business necessity and a management imperative.

The public and political outcry for effective governance and reporting across industries has made the stakes for management dramatically more personal and the penalties for violations more severe. Business leaders need the ability to peer into and across the enterprise to evaluate options for mitigating risks in a strategic and proactive way, whether these risks are operational, financial, legal, reputation, market or regulatory.

Our Perspective

An integrated compliance strategy and program is needed with a unified view across the enterprise that provides the essential management tools to comprehensively and cost-effectively reduce risk. EMC brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to global enterprise clients.

Our "value-based" approach to compliance management helps you plan for business benefits while reducing compliance risk. We work with you to improve compliance practices that assure product and process quality, improve consistency, and better utilize resources while preventing penalties.

Minimize the Risk of Business Disruptions

The definition of business disruption extends beyond unplanned IT outages. Business disruption occurs when customers are unable to get the information they need or cannot conduct business with you quickly and easily. Business disruptions also impact your employees when access to current information or systems is interrupted.

Today’s businesses rely on “selling” an uninterrupted flow of transactions. Such transactions include reservations, web-based sales, online brokerage transactions, and shipping information. Without this steady information stream, the organization may lose revenue, suffer damage to customer relationships, or face regulatory audits, fines, or sanctions.

Our Perspective

Minimizing the risk of business disruption starts with minimizing the risk of losing critical information. This information includes corporate databases, customer records, financial transactions, and e-mail. All types of risk schemas need to be analyzed—from the location of your data center and electrical grid to threats from hackers. EMC can develop a comprehensive strategy to address your specific risk scenarios.

We understand the importance of having consistent recovery procedures across the enterprise. Testing these procedures keeps them current and increases their effectiveness in a crisis response.

Leverage New Technologies and Strategies to Minimize Loss of Data

While data loss can result from major disasters, the greatest risk of data loss arises from unplanned outages such as software faults, metadata corruption, hardware failure, viruses, and operator error. Data loss can also occur from software upgrades, data migrations, or from sensitive information leaving your control.

The amount of data at risk of loss is increasing at a dramatic rate. The level of protection required by business, management, and regulators is also increasing.  Mandated retention policies now include more data than ever before. Many traditional tape-based recovery strategies are not fast or reliable enough.

Our Perspective

EMC recommends a multi-step approach. First, define appropriate data protection tiers that match the sensitivity of the data to its protection infrastructure. Create an infrastructure that minimizes data loss. When losses do occur, recover data quickly with as little loss as possible, and do so in a cost-effective manner.

Have a data loss strategy that guards against the causes of data loss and integrates new recovery technologies such as backup to disk and local replication. New proactive technologies, such as RSA Data Loss Prevention RiskAdvisor, alert you when sensitive information is at risk of being released outside your enterprise security control.

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