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27/09/2016 / Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Culture, Risk Maturity, Risk Manager

Successfully Implementing an Enterprise Risk Management System

5 factors of success

I was thinking about the characteristics of companies that make the decision to acquire and then successfully implement an Enterprise Risk Management software solution. Why? Well, we are in the business of providing software solutions to companies so we are always interested in understanding, why certain companies get more out of ERM solutions than others.  However, upon reflection, I think it is also important for companies on the ERM journey to reflect on these factors of success in their own decision-making process. So what are some of the factors of success?

1. Company Size – Does Size Matter?

Often company size is considered as a driver for moving to an ERM software solution. The bigger the company, the greater the need as there are more people involved in the process. Manually following up actions, treatment plans and risk assessment becomes more time-consuming and prone to errors. So generally speaking, we would expect some correlation between the number of ERM installations and size.

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14/04/2016 / Bow Tie Analysis, Risk Culture, Risk Appetite, Risk Manager

Are you a risk manager?

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I am often asked “what are the key requirements that make a good risk manager?”  My first response is “to be able to walk on water”. Such is the required varied skill set of a good risk manager.

The roles and responsibilities of the risk manager are many and varied depending on the organization they belong to. I will use the example of an organization that has an independent risk management function where risk, and the day to day management thereof, is owned by the business. Let’s look at the key characteristics of the CRO and the staff of the independent function.

The main function of the independent risk manager is to review and challenge what the front line business is doing to manage risk. In addition, they should be seen as subject matter experts and assisters in developing and maintaining the risk management frameworks. They should be seen as value-adding and adopted by, and engaged with, front line staff.

What are the key skills and characteristics needed to be a success in this role? Here is my list:

  1. Risk management is to a large degree an art form. This requires a strong right hand (artistic) brain, able to cope with qualitative and inexact concepts and able to “see” into the future.

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05/01/2016 / Security Risk Management, Risk Culture

Our Most Popular Risk Management Articles in 2015

Happy New Year! 2016 has arrived and at Protecht we wish to take the opportunity to go back in time and share our most popular blogposts from 2015.

We invite you to enjoy these articles for the first time or reading them again. Just click the article title for the full view.

1. Compliance Risk Management

  • Analysis of the relationship between Compliance Management and Risk Management. Do you think that compliance is a subset of risk management?
  • See the difference between the Management Processes in each standard: ISO 31000 and ISO 19600.
  • Compliance risk management should form an integral part of the overall enterprise risk management (ERM) framework, and risk professionals should consider compliance risk as part of their overall portfolio of risks.

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29/12/2015 / Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Culture

Risk Management's Coming of Age?

As 2015 comes to a close, it is a good time to observe how risk management has continued to mature and grow towards the fully legitimised business function that we at Protecht believe it should be. Looking back, 2015 has been a defining year for Protecht and the wider risk management community.  

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09/12/2015 / Risk Culture, Risk Management, Risk Controls

Risk Management Controls in Tough Mudder


See the Slideshare and find the pictures of Protecht team members in Action

Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 16–19 km military-style obstacle courses that test mental as well as physical strength. The obstacles often play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. 

The main principle of the Tough Mudder revolves around teamwork. The Tough Mudder organisation values camaraderie throughout the course, designing obstacles that encourage group participation. The first event was held in 2010 and to date, more that 2 million people worldwide have participated.

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18/11/2015 / Risk Culture, Risk Management, Risk Appetite, Risk and Control Self Assessment, Performance Management

How to Balance Risk and Reward in your organisation?

Finding the Optimal Balance to make better decisions

Organisations, or more precisely, the employees of organisations, make hundreds, if not thousands of decisions a day.  Some are major, such as deciding on strategy or whether to purchase a new system while many are small, such as whether to take the stairs or elevator or where to place your coffee on your work desk.

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05/11/2015 / Protecht News & Events, Risk Culture, Risk Management

Active Presence in Risk Management Events

Protecht Supporting Industry Associations

The conference season is upon us and once again Protecht has shown its support of the risk and compliance profession through its participation at key industry association events in Australia, such as COBA, GRCI and RMIA Conferences. 

Our first event of the season was the Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA) Conference held in Darwin in mid-September. Protecht has had a long connection with the mutual banking sector, with a large number of COBA member organisations and their Boards being trained by David Tattam and many member credit unions and mutual banks using Protecht.ERM, Protecht.ALM and Protecht.CCRM for their enterprise, market and commercial credit risk management needs.

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27/10/2015 / Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Culture, Risk Management

The Road to Enterprise Risk Management Maturity

FOUR things to carefully consider during your journey to ERM maturity

The yellow brick road led to the Emerald City. The enterprise risk management (ERM) Emerald City is the risk management maturity we are all looking for, but most of us do not know where it is exactly and even what it looks like. We do, however, have an idea.  In a number of five step maturity models, the 5th and final stage is often called “Optimised”. What does this look like?

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21/10/2015 / Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Culture, Risk Management

How to Achieve your Risk Management Goals

TEN KEYS to Risk Management Success 

Having worked with many clients over the years in implementing, maintaining and developing their risk management systems you learn what works and, on the other hand, what does not.

The following are my top TEN KEYS to success – get these right and you will have a risk management function that is seen as critical as any other management function in the value it adds.

1. Keep it Simple

With any developing discipline, there is a tendency to invent new words and use big words that sound smart but no one understands. Risk management is no exception with a myriad of fancy words and acronyms. 

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24/09/2015 / Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Culture, Risk Analytics

A Real Life Risk Story…

This happened in the Protecht Neighbourhood

I have read many posts recently where questions were asked about how to define a risk, and other about how to identify a risk. While ISO 31000:2009 is a great starting point in answering these questions, I have found that the use of a story is often the best approach in helping non risk managers understand risk management. This understanding should then lead to better organisational performance.

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