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RM01-0124 Assessing Risk Posture

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This self assessment tool is part of our Auditing toolset and is more of a course resource for senior managers and executives, normally those who have already taken one or more of our executive awareness courses. It is intended to provide the following main benefits:

  1. For the non cyber security expert/professional, it helps senior managers consider the potential complexities of the cyber related operations within their organisation and the context of all internal and external stakeholders in the supply chain.
  2. It helps senior managers consider the different high level areas of potential impact which might result from a cyber incident, which can support areas of focus and priority.
  3. Completing the assessment can provide a good starting point of information to engage a cyber security professional when trying to develop a strategy and decide upon an appropriate framework, budget and timeline to implement a management system.
  4. It may provide insight into the nature of more the detailed audits associated with cyber frameworks.

As we have already covered in our executive courses, senior manager and Executives working in UK commercial and third sector companies of any size need to be aware of and consider the general context and potential impact to their organisation relating to information security risk.

Who is it for?

This assessment tool is best used in organisations that are trying to assess priorities and a direction in which to develop a strategy to improve information and cyber security. Such organisations typically may not yet have engaged a cyber security professional for support.

Equally, a cyber security professional may invite a senior manager to complete the self assessment as part of an initial engagement. This will better inform the professional of the high level nature and risk posture of an organisation which can then promote a more focussed and prioritised discussion.

This assessment tool is not intended for the public sector or government organisations where special rules apply. Similarly, please note that this is not a technical training course.

What training pre requisites are there for taking the self assessment?

To access the self-assessment resource you must normally have first completed an appropriate awareness course, or have been enrolled by a cyber security professional wishing to gain some initial insight and understanding about a given organisation.

Before starting the assessment take a look at the course materials and review the Scope guide. This will help you think about the systems and applications and the various stakeholders who build, maintain, use, and access them.

What level of knowledge is required?

No specific specialist information security knowledge is required. It is assumed that senior managers and executives completing the assessment have a good knowledge of their business objectives and operations.

How long will the assessments take?

This self assessments will take approximately 5-15 minutes each to complete

What knowledge will be gained after taking the course

This particular self assessment resource is not intended to provide sufficient detail to be able to determine an appropriate strategy nor to be able implement an information security management system. It may help provide useful:

  • Assessment of the organisational complexity in terms of cyber related operations
  • Assessment of the extent of potential impact related to cyber related incidents
  • Guidance on a direction for appropriate selection of a framework to adopt in consultation with an expert

How long will I be able to access the assessments and results for?

Our self-assessments are intended for use when working with a professional. If you have been granted free access because you have completed a prerequisite course then your free access to this course is 30 days. If you purchased the course separately then you will be able to access the course for the User License period specified at the time of purchase.



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