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Risk management and ROI

When it comes to risk management, it's important to have a clear understanding of the risks involved and their potential impact on your organization. A risk matrix is a commonly used tool for evaluating risks and determining their severity based on their likelihood and impact. But how can you use a risk matrix in conjunction with return on investment (ROI) analysis to achieve an ROI from risk management?

First, let's look at what a risk matrix is and how it works. A risk matrix is a visual tool that uses a grid to evaluate the likelihood and impact of various risks. The likelihood of a risk is typically measured on the horizontal axis, while the impact is measured on the vertical axis. The result is a grid that identifies the severity of a risk based on its location within the matrix.

To use a risk matrix in conjunction with ROI analysis, you need to start by establishing your objectives and your ROI criteria. You need a solid business case for risk management before anything else.

After you understand the business case, and only then, the next step is identifying the risks that are most likely to impact your organization. Once you have identified these risks, you can use the risk matrix to evaluate their severity based on their likelihood and impact.

Next, you can use ROI analysis to determine the potential return on investment from mitigating these risks. ROI analysis involves calculating the cost of implementing risk management measures, such as insurance policies, security protocols, or staff training, and comparing it to the potential benefits of risk mitigation, such as reduced downtime, increased productivity, or improved reputation.

By combining the results of the risk matrix and ROI analysis, you can identify the risks that are most severe and have the potential for the greatest ROI. These risks should be the focus of your risk management efforts, as they are the ones that are most likely to have a significant impact on your organization and provide the greatest return on investment from mitigation.

It's important to note that risk management should always be predicated on objectives and ROI. Without a clear understanding of your organization's objectives and the potential ROI from risk mitigation, you may be wasting resources on risks that are not significant or do not provide a sufficient return on investment.

Using a risk matrix in conjunction with ROI analysis can help you identify the risks that are most severe and have the potential for the greatest ROI, allowing you to focus your risk management efforts on the areas that matter most to your organization. By taking a strategic approach to risk management, you can achieve an ROI from risk management and protect your organization from potential harm.

If you predicate your risk management on having a positive ROI from the very start, your organization will never lack funds for risk management. To illustrate this concept, imagine that all training at your organization is based on a positive ROI. The more training you deliver, the more money the organization has to deliver future training.

Risk management isn't a self-licking ice cream. It exists to deliver value and the best way to do that is to set ROI objectives and measure them. That is one of the core focusses of all the work we do at SERT and we believe it should be the case for every organization.

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