IRM Framework Guidelines
We’ve developed the following guidelines to help organizations build a future-proof integrated risk management framework.
Take a holistic approach to Risk Management
In order to establish an integrated risk management process in an organization, the most painful and expensive approach is to combine individual, unrelated mitigation tasks with duplicate information. This makes the process repetitive and time-consuming. An ideal way to approach risk management would be to identify it as a strategic initiative that is key to the growth and success of the organization.
At the highest level of the company, for example, CEOs should take an active role in risk management. They set an example at the top level of the organization and then pass it on to managers down through the hierarchy to assume responsibility for managing risks. When this pattern is implemented, lower-level risk management and regulatory compliance procedures will fall into place. Over time, enhancing internal controls will encourage employees to work together more effectively, resulting in a more efficient and profitable business.
Map processes to control and audit regulations
When crafting your risk information, it is essential to be concise and straightforward to get the most benefits. You should create a matrix that maps out the relationships between different business processes, what risks they entail, what internal controls can mitigate those risks, which tests will validate the effectiveness of said controls, and which regulations apply to them.
When an organization uses process mapping to map out all risks, controls, regulations, and audit tests, it can deploy a single control and test for multiple regulations. By avoiding duplication in their compliance costs processes, the organization creates a more standardized and automated way to manage testing.
Increase standardization and automation of controls
Risk mitigation has been made more difficult by the existence of manual controls. Automated platforms and controls can save time and money and minimize risks better than manual controls. It’s also critical to focus on process improvement while you move toward automation.
Auditing automated controls are considerably more accessible than auditing manual controls, as the former does not necessitate much effort and has shown to be ineffective. Shifting critical business processes to automatic controls might help an organization succeed through better risk management.