Introduction to Complex Adaptive Systems and Risk Analysis
By Erik Daniel Erikson, CPO, CPOI, CSSM
This article presents various concepts for security managers and directors to get a brief introduction to complexity theory and its relevance to risk analysis.
The first part of this article is to introduce the concept of complexity in various environments, and the second part presents how it relates to risk analysis. The structures and tools that we have developed in the area of risk
identification and risk management are fairly well developed. Most of us in the security industry understand that risk is fundamental to our profession. How we assess risks, identify risks and analyze risks are all already part of standardized processes.
One of those frameworks is known as the ISO 31000, “Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines” standard. How we treat or manage risks as they are applied to business operations is another known standard, ISO
22301, “Business Continuity Management Systems."
The application of the two standards together with the consideration of “opportunities” is considered Enterprise Risk Mangement (ERM). Consensus of definition defines ERM as the “methods and processes used by organizations to manage risks and seize opportunities related to the achievement of their objectives.”
However, one consideration that is not well known for security directors and managers is when and where do we apply those tools. What types of risk assessment and identification are scientifically valid in terms of the context to which they are applied? In what operating environments do they work or do not work well? Are we sufficiently informed as to which environment we are currently operating in? To answer these questions we must understand the operating environment. Is it an “ordered” environment or an “nonordered” environment?
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Mission Statement Part I.
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