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Social Media: The Challenge of Managing Millions of Friends

For companies, the risks associated with social media use are increasing every day. They certainly include data privacy - once an opinion or piece of information is shared online, it can spread instantly beyond the corporation's reach and control - but also extend to compliance with industry-specific and federal guidelines for communications.


What the FIFA World Cup Teaches us about Risk Management

There have been more than a few lessons to learn from this year's World Cup. For the risk management professional, consider this: if your risk scoring system is as complex as FIFA's process for determining world rankings, you might be in trouble. More complicated systems don't necessarily garner more accurate results. In fact, often the opposite ...


Russian Roulette with Security Breaches

Many organizations aren't taking data security seriously, despite the fact that hackers continue to breach relatively secure systems at large corporations, subjecting those companies to reputational harm and loss of consumer trust. Some have recovered just fine, but smaller businesses don't bounce back as quickly. The fact is, a breach will happen to your company, too, sooner ...


Managing Corruption Risk

It's been made clear that violations of the FCPA can do an organization significant reputational harm and result in some very steep fines. To minimize the damage an employee or agent does to your company when engaging in corrupt behavior, you must have excellent controls in place. Even if the infraction is egregious, the fallout can be ...

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The 3 Dimensions of Risk

Organizations that have a fairly firm grasp of risk management tend to do fairly well in what James Bone calls the first and second dimensions of risk. It's common, however, for firms to fall short in the third dimension. So what is this third dimension of risk, and how can risk professionals guide their firms into more ...


Trying Something Different – The Desktop Risk Assessment

Those with less adventurous palates can relate: some of us aren't big on trying new things. But when it comes to risk assessments, sometimes taking a new approach can do you good. Tom Fox shares a novel strategy, the desktop risk assessment, which is a more focused, yet limited take on the more common exhaustive assessment.

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Third Parties and the Red Flags You Don’t See

The on-boarding process for new third parties represents both the biggest opportunity for risk and the greatest opportunity for improving due diligence. Corrupt agents will make whatever agreements it takes to win business, regardless of their true intentions. Just as troubling is the web of lies these organizations can weave. We've got to beware!

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The Role of Executive Management in ERM

Jim DeLoach makes quite the strong argument for the necessity of C-Suite involvement in enterprise risk management. In fact, he argues, executive leadership must not be merely participants in, but owners of the ERM process. Executive management's active participation keeps the focus at a strategic level, ensuring that all potential risks are accounted for.