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NYSE CEO speaks out on IT risk, Part II with Opinion Poll

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Based on the opinion poll within my last blog, interest was highest for the question: How to surface common knowledge security issues that management doesn't know about?

You are in good company. At the SIA risk conference I had the opportunity to meet with Richard G. Ketchum, Chief Executive Officer of the New York Stock Exchange Regulation. One of the major themes he spoke about was the need for Technology Assessments to review governance, risk and compliance issues. He commented that adoption of new technology combined with changes due to mergers and acquisitions have left corporate systems frail and patched 3-4 levels below the senior management level where they are "common knowledge" by operational staff members. He mentioned that these high risk field issues however are frequently not known or understood by leadership and audit committees. He further spoke of the need for best practices to be implemented to identify reporting and control gaps.

When asked about methods to approach this problem, Mr. Ketchum commented "Precision in an imprecise area is dangerous" and suggested to look at the qualitative risk assessment approach of Enterprise Risk Management tools. He further commented that high risk subjects include processes with deficiencies, that have been triaged, areas not well connected, and legacy systems. Issues to focus on include operations and control practices.

COBIT 4.0 is just such a set of operational and control best practices that can help in this endeavor. According to ISACA, the publisher, COBIT is an IT governance framework and supporting toolset that allows managers to bridge the gap between control requirements, technical issues and business risks. Craig Symons at Forrester research, comments that "COBIT 4.0 Is A Strong Governance Platform"

I recommend reading my article on Risk Maturity Models to best understand how to use the COBIT 4.0 framework, "The Elephant at the Enterprise Risk Management Party.To learn more ERM best practices, visit our free resource center.

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Risk issues are also compounded if your organization is of a smaller size, the SEC nor SOX differentiates between companies of 100 or 1,000. Financial Services and public companies still have to be accountable for these issues as they relate to their business and clientele http://www.essentialsecurity.com/Documents/article16.htm

Staying compliant can put smaller organizations in paralysis as some officers wear multiple hats like a CEO who also must make the IT decisions.

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In this blog, risk expert Steven Minsky highlights the differences between traditional risk management and true enterprise risk management, which is about helping things happen rather than preventing them from happening. Manage Tomorrow's Surprises Today is designed to help you think about risk in new ways and learn how to benefit practically from this rapidly evolving field.

Steven Minsky

Steven Minsky is the CEO and Founder of LogicManager. the recognized leader of enterprise risk management solutions and is also the developer of the RIMS Risk Maturity Model for Enterprise Risk Management™. LogicManager provides a common, intuitive software-as-a-service platform of scientifically validated enterprise risk management decision and diagnostic tools for more effective corporate governance, risk and compliance.

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