7 success factors in your work with ICT risks

Written by
Maria Svanberg
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Effectively managing ICT risks is crucial for securing the organization's digital assets and enhancing resilience. However, navigating the complex landscape requires more than just technical skills and ambition—it also requires a willingness to continuously learn in order to find the right approaches and engage both management and employees. Here are seven key factors that will help you succeed.

1. Comprehensive risk assessments

Conducting thorough and regular risk assessments is at the core of all risk management work. It gives you a clear picture of the threat landscape you face and helps you understand where the organization’s biggest vulnerabilities lie. Think of risk assessments as a digital mapping—the more detailed and updated the map is, the better you can navigate the environment.

Risk assessments should not only focus on technical aspects but also consider human factors, processes, and external impacts. The organization’s goals, size, industry, and technical infrastructure all play a role in how you then shape a relevant risk management strategy and prioritize resources moving forward.

The starting point in your work should always be the question: What is the critical operation and how should it be protected? Start by ensuring that this operation is protected to an expected level at the lowest function. Then consider how the operation can return to continuity, and choose thereafter what protection—and thus resilience—you should have.

2. Proactive security solutions and training

Being proactive is one of the key drivers of success in ICT security. By implementing robust security systems—such as firewalls, antivirus programs, and encryption—you can build a strong first line of defense and prevent incidents before they occur. But remember: technology is only half the solution.

Having strong systems, access restrictions, and updated guidelines and procedures is not enough if the organization does not know how to use them. Therefore, make sure to implement continuous training for employees, covering everything from current threats to best practices in cybersecurity. Humans are often the weakest link in the security chain—so it is critical to work to avoid mistakes as much as possible.

3. Clear routine for incident management and recovery

No organization is immune to security incidents, but with a well-developed plan for incident management and recovery, you can minimize the damage and quickly return to normal operations. The plan must include clear procedures for response, role distribution, and communication – and at the same time be both simple and straightforward to follow in a high-pressure situation. Test the plan regularly, through practical exercises and simulations, to ensure that it remains relevant.

Another important part of the recovery strategy is how you work with backup and redundancy of the organization’s information. Make sure to regularly back up data, and that there is built-in redundancy in your systems to minimize downtime in an incident. Being able to quickly restore critical functions after an attack is crucial to reduce the impact on your operations and your customers.

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4. Updated real-time monitoring and detection

Having the right tools in place to monitor and detect threats in real-time is crucial. This includes, for example, SIEM solutions (Security Information and Event Management) that collect and analyze logs and event data from various sources within your IT infrastructure. These systems use smart algorithms and machine learning to detect anomalies, allowing you to act before damage occurs. Also ensure that you continuously adapt and update your monitoring systems to always stay one step ahead of threat actors. Seek assistance from security teams and vendors who can help you tailor your tools and strategies according to the latest technological advances and key insights.

5. Collaboration and information sharing

By collaborating with external parties, such as industry groups, security networks, and other companies, you can help strengthen the overall security posture of the organization. This broadens your understanding of the current threat landscape and provides valuable insights that can streamline your own preparations. At the same time, you can also share your own experiences to broaden the collective expertise in the field.

Hiring specific security consultants or services can also provide new perspectives on your security strategy, contributing both knowledge and resources that take your organization further along its path. External experts can assist you in conducting advanced security assessments, penetration tests, or training programs that help you effectively manage ICT risks.

6. Insight into your suppliers' risk management

The security of your business is only as strong as its weakest link – which often may be a supplier. As organizations increasingly rely on external parties for critical IT services, the risk that security incidents at these suppliers can affect your company also increases. Therefore, it is crucial that you actively review and assess the security measures of your suppliers to ensure they maintain the same high standards as you.

...ensure that you have a clear process and understanding of your respective roles and responsibilities when it comes to protecting sensitive information and infrastructure.

Review the security requirements in your contracts and ensure that you have a clear process and understanding of your respective roles and responsibilities when it comes to protecting sensitive information and infrastructure. With transparent communication channels and joint action plans, you achieve tighter cooperation that helps to build even more resilience in the organization.

7. A culture of security awareness built-in

With a strong security culture within the organization, much comes for free – not least the sense of shared responsibility for security and risk management. What was once seen as the task of the IT department becomes instead an integrated part of the organization's daily routine. To achieve this, it is essential that management and supervisors engage with the issue and participate actively in various security initiatives. At the same time, it is important that employees also feel responsible and encouraged to report suspected security threats to contribute to the organization’s collective resilience.

By regularly communicating about different security issues, even across departmental boundaries, you strengthen employees' understanding of cybersecurity. With established open forums where suspicions and observations can easily be shared, it becomes easier for risk managers and those responsible to catch and address potential security issues.


By focusing on these seven success factors, the organization can create a stable framework for ICT risk management that protects and strengthens your business in a constantly changing threat landscape. Would you like to know more about the tools and solutions that can help in your efforts? Contact us directly!