Risk Tracking and Risk Mitigation – The Two Halves of Risk Management

Posted by: Andrew Hunt | March 25, 2020

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Risk management is often thought of as one function, but a closer look will reveal that it is a domain with multiple functions, processes, and departments. This becomes apparent when you look at the way risk management technology itself has developed. We can divide the many different processes and functions of risk management into two major categories; tracking and mitigation. Both are critical to any risk management strategy, but both require a different approach and a different set of tools. 

Getting better at managing risks while also lowering risk management costs may seem like a lofty goal, but it can be achieved to a large extent if the right strategy is employed. Looking at the two risk management categories separately clarifies the steps that organizations need to take if they want to improve the efficiency of their risk management programs.  

Tracking vs. Mitigation 

Managing risks means being able to plan for them and manage them to ensure business continuity without hurting the bottom line of the business. Organizations need to be able to identify and track risks before they can manage risk. It is impossible to manage risk without knowing about it and being able to assess its severity. Risk management requires a substantial commitment of time and resources, which is why organizations need to know which risks to prioritize when it comes to mitigation 

While both tracking and mitigation are unquestionably a part of risk management, the tools needed for both are very different. If an organization only has risk identification and tracking tools it will not be able to manage risks efficiently. Simply knowing about risk is not helpful if no action is taken to mitigate that risk. Only by having both tracking and mitigation tools in place can risk management feng shui be achieved.  

Components of tracking and mitigation 

Tracking and mitigation are both components of risk management, but they are also compartmented into multiple processes and functions. Here are some of the common processes used in both – note that this is not an exhaustive list because there are many specialized risk management processes for different industries.  

Risk Tracking Processes 

  • Risk Identification 
  • Risk Assessment 
  • Risk Monitoring 
  • Risk Predictions 

Risk Mitigation Processes 

  • Corrective actions 
  • Task Management 
  • Periodic reviews 

Risk Tracking Processes 

Risk tracking processes deal with the identification and measurement of risk levels. 

Risk identification 

Identifying risks is the first step to managing risks. Businesses now employ risk technology which allows them to detect emerging risks that will soon be affecting the organization. Speed matters when it comes to identifying risks. Detecting risks earlier has two advantages; it gives the business more time to put risk mitigation plans in place and it is also easier to deal with risks when they are smaller.  

Risk Assessment 

There are hundreds, even thousands of risks affecting organizations at all times. Businesses must prioritize the most significant risks to focus on for mitigation. The significance of risks depends on two factors; its probability and its severity. Businesses must thus assess all risks based on both factors to determine which risks need immediate action and which risks can just be monitored for now. 

Risk Monitoring 

Risks are dynamic in nature – they grow, and they subside. It is thus vital that any risk that has been identified be monitored for any changes in probability or severity. Risk monitoring is essential for any business that wants to proactively mitigate risks; being proactive is the most efficient and successful risk mitigation strategy. 

Risk Predictions 

Businesses know the importance of having the time to prepare for emerging risks which is why there is a lot of focus on risk predictions, trends, and insights. Risk predictions are generated based on the latest risk intelligence and by studying trends in historical risks. Automated risk management solutions can take internal risk data from the organization and combine it with external risk data from the markets and combine it all to predict how risks may look like in the next quarter. 

Risk mitigation processes 

Risk mitigation processes focus on the activities and tools that allow businesses to eliminate or minimize the damage caused by risks. 

Corrective Actions 

Determining the corrective actions that need to be taken in order to mitigate risks is the first step in mitigating risks. The type of action needed depends on the type of risk that is being mitigated. Some risks are mitigated by retraining employees, others by changing policies, and so on. 

Task Management 

Task or activity management is critical for efficient risk management. Each risk mitigation effort is a separate task and the progression on these tasks must be monitored. Risk management solutions that provide a platform where these tasks can be managed and viewed can significantly improve an organization’s risk management successes. 

Risk Controls 

Risk controls are the protective measures and barriers placed by organizations to mitigate or eliminate risks. There are hundreds of controls active in a mid-sized organization. Each department chooses its own controls depending on its risks and business requirements. 

Periodic Reviews 

The dynamic nature of risks means that businesses need to do periodic reviews and tests of the controls to ensure that they are performing as expected. Testing the controls is a resource-intensive task, but it can be streamlined through a risk solution that features automation for control testing. 

Modern risk management solutions like Predict360 combine all these solutions under one platform. If you want a specific risk tool or want an overhaul of your organization’s risk management framework, get in touch with our risk experts to see a demo of how Predict360 can benefit your organization. 








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