Overview

This course is designed to expose attendants to the overall risk management process. Focus is on both the data centre infrastructure and the physical data centre facility and equipment; the attendant will learn how to identify and quantify risk in their organization, creating the ability to reduce the risk to a level acceptable for the organization. The course is based on international standards (ISO/IEC27001:2005) and guidelines (ISO/IEC27005:2011, NIST800-30, ISO/IEC31000) and will additionally prepare the candidate being able to take part and assist in corporate certification processes that may apply.

 

Objectives

After completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the different standards and methodologies for risk management and assessment
  • Establish the required project team for risk management
  • Perform the risk assessment, identifying current threats, vulnerabilities and the potential impact based on customised threat catalogues
  • Report on the current risk level of the data centre both quantitative and qualitative
  • Anticipate and minimise potential financial impacts
  • Understand the options for handling risk
  • Continuously monitor and review the status of risk present in the data centre
  • Reduce the frequency and magnitude of incidents
  • Detect and respond to events when they occur
  • Meet regulatory and compliance requirements
  • Support certification processes such as ISO/IEC 27001
  • Support overall corporate and IT governance

 

Audience

The primary audience for this course is an IT, Facilities or Data Centre Operations professional working in and around the data centre (representing both end-customers and/or service provider/facilitators) and having responsibility to achieve and improve hi-availability and manageability of the Data Centre, such as: Data centre managers, Operations / Floor / Facility managers, IT managers, Information security managers, Security professionals, Auditors / Risk Managers / Professionals responsible for IT/corporate governance.

 

Prerequisites

There is no specific prerequisite for the CDRP® course. However, participants who have at least three years’ experience in a data centre and/or IT infrastructures will be best suited. This experience may come from a business or IT background where the participant has knowledge of both environments, and understands the mission of their organisation. Attendance of CDCP® is beneficial but not a requirement.

 

Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Risk Management

  • Risk management concepts
  • Senior management and risk
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  • Benefits of risk management

 

Module 2: Data Centre Risk and Impact

  • Risk in facility, power, cooling, fire suppression, infrastructure and IT services
  • Impact of data centre downtime
  • Main causes of downtime
  • Cost factors in downtime

 

Module 3: Standards, Guidelines and Methodologies

  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013, ISO/IEC 27005:2011, ISO/IEC 27002:2013
  • NIST SP 800-30
  • ISO/IEC 31000:2009
  • SS507:2008
  • ANSI/TIA-942
  • Other methodologies (CRAMM, EBIOS, OCTAVE, etc.)

 

Module 4: Risk Management Definitions

  • Asset
  • Availability/Confidentiality/Integrity
  • Control
  • Information processing facility
  • Information security
  • Policy
  • Risk
  • Risk analysis/Risk assessment/Risk evaluation/
  • Risk treatment
  • Threat/Vulnerability
  • Types of risk

 

Module 5: Risk Assessment Software

  • The need for software
  • Automation
  • Considerations

 

Module 6: Risk Management Process

  • The risk management process
  • Establishing the context
  • Identification
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Treatment
  • Communication and consultation
  • Monitoring and review

 

Module 7: Project Approach

  • Project management principles
  • Project management methods
  • Scope
  • Time
  • Cost
  • Cost estimate methods

 

Module 8: Context Establishment

  • General considerations
  • Risk evaluation, impact and acceptance criteria
  • Severity rating of impact
  • Occurrence rating of probability
  • Scope and boundaries
  • Scope constraints
  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Training, awareness and competence

 

Module 9: Risk Assessment – Identification

  • The risk assessment process
  • Identification of assets
  • Identification of threats
  • Identification of existing controls
  • Identification of vulnerabilities
  • Identification of consequences
  • Hands-on exercise: Identification of assets, threats, existing controls, vulnerabilities and consequences

 

Module 10: Risk Assessment – Analysis and Evaluation

  • Risk estimation
  • Risk estimation methodologies
  • Assessment of consequences
  • Assessment of incident likelihood
  • Level of risk estimation
  • Risk evaluation
  • Hands-on exercise: Assessment of consequences,
  • probability and estimating level of risk

 

Module 11: Risk Treatment

  • The risk treatment process steps
  • Risk Treatment Plan (RTP)
  • Risk modification
  • Risk retention
  • Risk avoidance
  • Risk sharing
  • Constraints in risk modification
  • Control categories
  • Control examples
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Control implementation
  • Residual risk

 

Module 12: Communication

  • Effective communication of risk management activities
  • Benefits and concerns of communication

 

Module 13: Risk Monitoring and Review

  • Ongoing monitoring and review
  • Criteria for review

 

Module 14 Risk scenarios

  • Risk assessment approach
  • Data centre site selection
  • Data centre facility
  • Cloud computing
  • UPS scenarios
  • Force majeure
  • Organisational shortcomings
  • Human failure
  • Technical failure
  • Deliberate acts

 

Exam: Certified Data Centre Risk Professional

 

Follow-On

  • CDMS – Certified Data Centre Migration Specialist

 

Related Certification

  • CDRP is world-wide accredited by EXIN.