In honor of Dragon Con, which is about to take place in our hometown of Atlanta, we’d like to take this week to once again unite our favorite topics of risk management and nerdom.
What do you have cooking in your risk management department? We have a Jabba the Hut shepherd’s pie here at Invictus Consulting! You may ask why we have a Jabba the Hut shepherd’s pie. The answer is twofold – we love Star Wars and we love potatoes!
A good recipe will give you a list of ingredients, easy-to-understand steps, and a reasonable timeline to get you to the end goal of a fabulous meal. Your risk management department needs these attributes too: a final end goal, the individual ingredients you need, concrete steps to get you to your goal, and a reasonable timeline.
Ingredients for a great shepherd’s pie (the Jabba the Hut pie is vegan, FYI):
- ground beef
Ingredients for a great risk management department:
- business impact analysis
- business continuity plan
- emergency action plan
- HR policies and procedures
What do you have cooking up in your risk management department? Today’s risk management departments have to reflect the ever-evolving security landscape and keep up with the expanding number of threats in our world. What are your six-month, one-year, and three-year goals? Do you even have benchmarks and goals for your risk management department? Do you have teams created and plans written to guide you to your goals or benchmarks? You need the ingredients, the steps, and a timeline if you want to achieve your end goal, whatever that end goal may be for your organization.
Jabba clearly didn’t have a solid risk management department. I mean he probably thought he did, given all of his guards and strict policies and consequences for breaking his rules. Heck, Jabba knew the risks associated with allowing a Jedi Knight into his compound, he just hadn’t adequately prepared his staff to confront this risk. One has to wonder, if Jabba had had an emergency action plan, would there have been as much carnage? If Jabba had done a business impact analysis that took into account a Jedi freeing his Rebel friends, would his fate and that of his organization been different? We will never know. But we do know that a Jabba the Hut shepherd’s pie is a great idea. And we do know that having a solid plan for your risk management department is also a great idea.