The risk management consulting market has seen a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years. This surge in popularity was largely driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted many company leaders to realize the true extent of their company’s vulnerabilities. But how does this impact you as a business?
A booming risk management consulting industry translates into more experience and expertise that can be effectively leveraged in a way that will directly benefit your business. This is especially the case for organizations that have been impacted by one of the events or risk factors that have propelled the risk management industry forward in recent months and years.
What’s more, a booming risk management consultant market means more competition which tends to keep prices more competitive. That’s a benefit to any business that is seeking a consultant at a reasonable price point.
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Risk Management Consulting Market
COVID-19 revealed the fragility of many companies’ very existence. Many found that they were utterly unprepared to accommodate remote work and to continue operations with such a profound degree of disruption. Others found that their technology infrastructure was poorly-designed to work in this new socially-distanced world. This prompted many businesses to seek out technology such as cloud solutions to help bridge the gaps that were created by the pandemic. But most required a lot more by way of adaptations and that’s where the risk management consulting market entered into the equation.
Risk management consultants have the experience required to address pandemic-related vulnerabilities and risk factors — a capability that has led to significant growth in the consulting market as a whole. This shift has resulted in dramatic benefits to companies in a variety of business sectors and industries as these organizations have implemented new technologies and processes that will provide benefits well into the future. For instance, companies have put new technologies in place such as cloud solutions and secure networks to accommodate remote work capabilities. A risk management consultant can examine these new pandemic-related technology implementations, offering advice for measures that will reduce risks and maximize benefits.
New Technology Promotes the Risk Management Consulting Boom
Recent years have seen the emergence of many new, innovative technologies — technologies that have disrupted virtually all industries in some way or another. The pandemic has been one factor at play, but other factors have contributed to the boom, resulting in new risks and vulnerabilities that must be considered. Cloud solutions, along with AI and machine learning are a few examples of technologies that have entered the mainstream.
Risk management consultants play an essential role in identifying the vulnerabilities and risk factors that are associated with this technology, serving as a valuable resource for companies that are looking to proactively address these issues. This has contributed to the ever-rising popularity of risk management consulting services as more and more companies seek out help to improve their positioning from a risk perspective.
Remote backups, data restoration capabilities, and emergency contingency plans are a few areas where a risk management consultant can assist, offering valuable advice and insights on how to leverage these measures to minimize risks. Data backups, restoration capabilities, and contingency plans for IT-related issues are essential components of an organization’s operations strategy, but adopting a proactive action plan can be very challenging. This is a case where risk management consulting service providers can offer useful guidance, from identifying existing issues, to developing an action plan to address problem areas, overseeing the execution of that plan, and monitoring for future challenges.
The Benefits of Risk Management Consulting Services
Risk management is a complex discipline, spanning virtually every aspect of a company’s operations, interests, clients, customers, and employees. Minimizing and mitigating risk is no small feat and many business leaders have been relatively passive about risk management efforts. We have definitely seen a shift toward a more proactive risk management stance which has led to an increased demand for risk management consulting services.
Risk management consultants have unique insights that may elude business leaders. These consultants provide a marked advantage to companies that may otherwise overlook serious vulnerabilities and threats. Risk management consultants can be especially effective in guiding business leaders as they develop proactive risk management strategies and form a task force that can oversee the decision-making process in response to incidents or risk management-related circumstances.
Using Risk Management Software to Your Benefit
Risk management software platforms provide a valuable tool set that can be leveraged to identify risks, develop and monitor action plans and monitor for new or emerging threats in the future. But there are literally dozens of different risk management software solutions to consider and many are very specialized to accommodate a particular industry or business type. As such, selecting the right software platform can be a big challenge and if you choose the wrong risk management software system, you’ll fail to see maximum benefit and ROI from your investment.
Many risk management consultants have the experience and knowledge required to recommend risk management software and other technology for managing risks and threats to a business. This not only saves time during the software selection process, but it also ensures that you acquire the best technology for your unique needs. Some consultants may even have the expertise needed to offer guidance on the use, implementation, and deployment of a new risk management software system. These systems can be rather complex and some training may be required. Additionally, you will need to assign individuals to operate and utilize the platform so as to get maximum benefit from this investment.
Risk management technology is one of our specialties here at iTech, where we develop innovative enterprise risk management solutions. Our offerings range from governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) software to more specialized risk management platforms. Just reach out to the iTech team to discuss your company’s risk management needs. We look forward to collaborating on the creation of a proactive solution for the risk factors and vulnerabilities that your company is confronting today and in the future.