Governance & Risk Management , Risk Assessments

Assessing Risks Monetarily for Better Decision-Making

Archer IRM's Sam O'Brien on Operational Resilience and Quantitative Risks
Sam O'Brien, the vice president of sales and go-to-market, Asia Pacific and Japan, at Archer IRM

In order to make good risk-based decisions quickly, it is important to assess risks quantitatively instead of making decisions based on personal experiences, says Sam O'Brien, the vice president of sales and go-to-market, Asia Pacific and Japan, at Archer IRM.

"Decision-makers are always going to consider risks and rewards. Too often these decisions are based on historical data, which can be heavily skewed by personal experiences, hunches, etc.," O'Brien says. "Quantitative risk assessment is actually the key to enable organization to get across the breadth of their risk universe. What I do see coming in now, especially for risks that have strategic impact, is the ability to enable a true 'dollars and cents' conversation around these risks. I see that becoming extremely important."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, O'Brien also discusses:

  • How to achieve operational resilience;
  • How to assess vendors against control frameworks and regulations;
  • How to balance cyber capabilities to mitigate threats.

O'Brien is vice president of sales and go-to-market, Asia Pacific and Japan at Archer IRM. He helps organizations meet and exceed their risk and compliance goals. He began his career as a practitioner before moving into consulting and then into GRC and IRM technology transformation.

About the Author

Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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