I’m developing a Risk Management Implementation strategy for my small SaaS organization, and I’d appreciate your feedback on the soundness of the approach outlined below. We’re hosted in the cloud, have a physical office and presence and operate on a cybersecurity budget of about $10k USD. The CTO and Board are interested in tracking our Risk Posture Metric, but find the FAIR model too complex for our needs.

Approach Overview:

  1. We plan to structure the Risk Management Implementation Program (RMIP) into five phases, each correlating with a CMMI Maturity Level (1-5).
  2. Develop a questionnaire based on CAN/CIOSC 104:2021 standards and client-specific requirements.
  3. For 25 established controls, assign weighted points where controls scoring above 37.5 points are mandatory, utilizing a basic 4x4 Risk Matrix.
  4. Implement a Risk Posture Dial to display organizational risk from 0-100%. Set a Risk Acceptance threshold at 35%, aiming to keep Target Risk below 35% of Posed Risk.
  5. Ongoing Phases: Continuously add and reassess controls, adjusting weightings based on evolving requirements.
  6. Regularly monitor and adjust the Risk Posture Dial to ensure compliance and manage risk exposure as organizational needs change.

(i) Does this strategy seem scalable and suitable for a small organization like ours?

(ii) Are there adjustments or considerations we might have overlooked?

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    Don't assume that all processes can achieve CMMI maturity level 5. I've yet to see an organisation that can do that across the board. You will go bankrupt trying.
    – schroeder
    Commented May 2 at 10:29
  • Point well taken. Perhaps a mapping till L3 should be good. Are there any other practical outliers? Commented May 2 at 18:55


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