If there’s one thing we learn (and re-learn) every January from reading all those lifestyle-advice magazines, it’s that New Year’s resolutions have to be “realistic” and “attainable” and “based on a hard look at where you currently stand”.
So we put together this list of goals--and guides on how to achieve them--that we think will benefit your professional life in information security or risk management at least as much a new gym membership will benefit your personal life. Or probably more, since we’re pretty sure you’ll stick with these goals, once you see how they simplify and rationalize your work.
1. Raise Your Personal Bar for What’s Attainable in Risk Measurement
You may recognize yourself in this portrayal of risk managers who know they’re not doing right by their organizations because they’re not aiming high enough, and delivering risk reporting that meets the demands of management for actionable information in financial terms. You can do better, and this guide points the way.
2. Learn a New Vocabulary
This is the next step beyond Resolution #1 – how to align your risk management with the broader goals of the business.
3. Brush Up Your Interpersonal Skills
No matter what you want to achieve this year in risk management, it will take a small village radiating out from your immediate team, perhaps all the way up to the board of directors. This guide covers how to introduce quantitative to an organization, but it’s really a manual for how to persuade or influence those around you to change.
4. Clean Up Those Bad Habits
Easy to do – but empty calories, so to speak. We’re talking about assigning risks red-amber-green ratings and placing them on a heat map based on guesswork. And we’re talking about dumping every issue into a risk register whether they’re really risks or not. Read these guides for a fresh start on using these common tools.
5. Take Our Online and Video FAIR Training Course
If you haven’t learned the FAIR approach to risk, this is your year. The FAIR Analysis Fundamentals course, taught by RiskLens Academy, will change your outlook on risk and your career.
6. Go for Some Quick Victories
If you’re ready to start risk quantification, here’s the complete list of first projects we’ve seen RiskLens customers succeed at, showing instant value to their organizations.
7. Expand Your Horizons on Risk – Read these Books
From Superforecasting to Thinking Fast and Slow and many more titles, conquer this reading list by the end of the year for a bigger and more inspiring sense of your profession.