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Information Systems Risk Management

Develop vital risk management skills that will help you reduce the negative business impacts caused by weaknesses in your organisation's information systems and processes

Course Overview

With the modern worlds’ increasing dependence on technology-based information systems, the implications of system failure can be profound. Revenue loss, inconvenience, damage to company image, a decline in productivity and complete closures are only some of the possible consequences which can result.

Often companies focus major effort in reducing risks such as fraud or network security breaches but fail to adequately consider the more common risks such as processing errors, information integrity loss and performance issues. Companies also need to encourage an enterprise-wide risk culture

This course focuses on those risks related to the use of information systems in the enterprise and emphasizes that intrinsic controls and risk prevention measures can be designed into systems and processes from the outset.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand and articulate the risks to business from the deployment of information systems
  • Be able to describe the risk management landscape
  • Describe the importance of identifying and managing IS-related risk and security issues in organisations
  • Develop strategies for IS risk management,
  • Recognise the relevance of both human and organisational factors to IS risk
  • Be able to conduct a systems risk assessment and identify controls and measures for risk mitigation and management

Course Delivery

The course comprises instructor-led training, supplemented by readings, exercises and practical group work.

Course Assessment

There are no formal assessments (exams, tests, presentations etc.) for this course. However, to earn a certificate of attendance, delegates will be required to:

  • attend both course days,
  • actively participate in exercises and discussion workshops.

Course Content

Risk Management Concepts.
Components of risk and related constructs, The typical risk management process

Risk Management in the enterprise
Why it is important for organisations to consider risk; Impact of human and organisational factors on risk identification and management; The implications of empowerment, autonomy, decentralisation and organisational culture

Risk Mitigation Measures/ Controls design
The concept of layered control strategies, including the concepts of physical, procedural and embedded control; Business Continuity Management (BCM)

Focus on Information Systems Risks
Taxonomies of IS Risk; Identifying and managing common IS risks, Conducting a Risk assessment; Identify prevention methods; Key types of IS controls including batching, access control, validation, etc

Focus on Fraud and economic crimes
Risks that flow from information abuse, including identity theft, phishing, disclosure, spam, etc. Key controls for preventing economic fraud.

Course Prerequisites

Past candidates have been drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds.  However, the more practical work experience a delegate has, and the more involved they are  in the implementation of information systems projects, the more benefit they will derive from the course.


Faculty Training Institute holds the following institutional accreditations

  • Provisionally accredited as an Education and Training Provider with the MICT Seta (ACC/2010/00/601)
  • A Registered Education Provider (REP 2841) with the Project Management Institute (PMI®). 
  • A Member of the Information Technology Association of South Africa
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