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Eight Key Features To Look For In Risk Management Software

Risk management software and SaaS options are valuable tools for any company that wishes to manage and mitigate risks effectively.

In today’s fast-paced business world, managing risks is a critical component of any organization’s success. Disruption has become the new way of doing business, and every organization must turn to digital resiliency and transformation to continue delivering on their customer promise.

Photo: Anna Lapezo, Senior Content & Digital Marketing Specialist for Fusion Risk Management | Courtesy Photo
Photo: Anna Lapezo, Senior Content & Digital Marketing Specialist for Fusion Risk Management | Courtesy Photo

Organizations need access to comprehensive and reliable risk management software to effectively manage risk and prepare for future disruption. So, what are the ‘must-have’ features that entrepreneurs, practitioners, and executives should look for? We’ve compiled a list of eight key items that businesses should consider as essential capabilities when evaluating risk management software or SaaS options.


1. Risk Identification

The most obvious and critical feature to look for is a risk taxonomy that enables users to identify, evaluate, and prioritize risks. This feature should allow users to document and track potential risks as well as any related issues or events that may arise.


2. Risk Assessment

The next step is to assess the potential risks’ likelihood and impact. Risk management software should offer tools that enable users to analyze and assess risks, including probabilistic risk assessment and other quantitative and qualitative methods.


3. Risk Mitigation

Once the risks have been identified and assessed, the next step is to develop and implement strategies to mitigate them. Software should allow users to create and manage risk mitigation plans, including assigning responsibility for each action, setting deadlines, and tracking progress.


4. Incident Management

Despite the best efforts of risk management teams, incidents, and crises will occur. Therefore, risk management software should offer incident management features that enable users to respond to and manage incidents effectively. This includes creating incident response plans, tracking response progress, and conducting post-incident analysis to identify areas for improvement.

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Photo: Jacob Lund, YFS Magazine

5. Reporting and Analytics

Risk management software should provide users with real-time reporting and analytics to monitor risk levels and identify trends. Reporting features should be flexible, allowing users to create custom reports that meet their specific needs. Analytics features should also include key performance indicators and risk metrics to help users evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts.


6. Compliance Management

Many organizations must comply with various laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which they operate. Risk management software should enable users to manage compliance requirements by monitoring relevant regulations and standards, creating compliance tasks, and tracking progress.


7. Communication and Collaboration

Risk management is not a one-person job. Risk management software should include communication and collaboration tools that enable teams to share information, communicate effectively, and collaborate in real time. This includes features such as team messaging, file sharing, and project management tools.


8. User-Friendly Interface

Finally, risk management software should have a user-friendly interface that makes it easy to use and understand. The interface should be intuitive and provide users with a clear overview of risk management activities, including dashboards, graphs, and other visual aids.


In conclusion, risk management software and SaaS options are valuable tools for any organization that wishes to manage and mitigate risks effectively.  These eight ‘must-have’ features can ensure that your organization will prevent potential problems and keep your business operating, no matter what. With the right risk management software in place, organizations can minimize their exposure, protect their assets, and ultimately achieve greater growth with assured operational resilience.


Anna Lapezo is a Senior Content & Digital Marketing Specialist for Fusion Risk Management, a leading provider of risk management software and solutions for businesses.


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