Risk assessment

To manage digital continuity, you must understand your organisation’s specific issues and risks. As part of our service development, we’re undertaking a risk and opportunities assessment with all central government departments. The assessment will highlight specific risks to the continuity of your digital information, and opportunities that can be realised from mitigating these risks. This will result in recommendations tailored to specific departmental needs.

The assessment is part of a four-stage process to help you manage digital continuity. Carrying out a risk assessment forms part of Stage 3: Assess and manage risks to digital continuity.

For the wider public sector we have built a self-assessment tool that links to the digital continuity guidance and framework of solutions and services.

For more information on risks relating to cyber security, see our guidance on Information security.

For more information on managing your information through change, see our guidance on Machinery of government change.

Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment handbook will help you identify where your information is at risk and take active steps to manage these risks:

Risk Assessment Handbook (PDF, 0.33Mb)

For more guidance on assessing and managing risks to your digital continuity, including managing digital continuity loss, see Stage 3 guidance.

Self-assessment tool

The Information Management Assessment (IMA) programme has built an Information Management Self-Assessment Tool. This tool has been developed to assist government organisations in self-assessing the effectiveness of their approach to information and records management.

The tool is free to use and is divided into five modules which will give you the flexibility to target the assessment in the areas where you need it most. It has a section dedicated to Digital Continuity.

Click here to register for the tool.