If you want to implement a new IT project in your business’s infrastructure, you may wonder how you can mitigate risk during that process. After all, a new project may change and improve your network’s capabilities, but it could also leave your network open to cyber threats if you don’t account for all the potential risks involved. Let’s explore how to mitigate risk in a project to keep your network, business, and workforce safe.
To manage risk, you have to identify the different types of risk that your project includes. When you begin planning your IT project, you should look for the following types of risk:
- Risk events: A risk event is an event or set of circumstances that negatively impacts your project’s ability to meet its goals. A data breach is just one example of a risk event, since it compromises your network’s data and prevents your IT infrastructure from keeping your end users safe, which could be one of your project’s goals.
- Project risk: Project risk combines all potential risk events with the inherent risks in your project’s structure, scope, and design. This type of risk is much broader than risk events are, so project risks are much harder to manage. Sure, you can implement all available cyber security measures to reduce the chances of a data breach. However, if your project relies on something like servers housed in a data center, you can’t ever fully reduce the chance that a major storm could knock out that data center’s power or destroy the building. You can back up your data to mitigate this risk, but you can never truly eliminate this and other project risks.
Risk events and project risk are also known as explicit risk and implicit risk. Once you identify these risks, you can begin using risk mitigation strategies to manage them and reduce their impact on your IT project.
The best strategies you can use are risk mitigation plans. These plans include evaluating the risks involved in every step and part of your project. You should also plan to include project managers and specific team members in your risk mitigation strategies when you form these plans. The more you involve your work force in risk mitigation, the more protection your network will have.
When you develop your risk mitigation plans, you should create two risk management plans: one for risk events (explicit risk) and one for project risk (implicit risk). You should cover all the possible risks in each category, and your project risk management plan should be an umbrella for your risk event management plan and your other risk management and mitigation strategies. These two plans should focus on implementing risk mitigation tactics and involving your team members so they know what to do to manage risk as you build and implement your IT project.
Discover how Reverus can help you implement risk mitigation for your latest IT project.
At Reverus, our IT experts work with you to perform risk analyses and risk assessments to determine the risk impact on your IT project. We can also monitor risk throughout your project’s implementation. Overall, we can work with you through every step of your project to help you with risk identification and risk avoidance so you can achieve your project’s objectives and goals.
When you develop your risk mitigation plans, you should create two risk management plans: one for risk events (explicit risk) and one for project risk (implicit risk). You should cover all the possible risks in each category, and your project risk management plan should be an umbrella for your risk event management plan and your other risk management and mitigation strategies.
Risk mitigation is important because it increases your project’s chances of succeeding. When you plan for risk and work to reduce it, you can avoid many disasters in the long run as you grow your network and your overall IT infrastructure. Reach out to Reverus today to begin mitigating your project’s risk.
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