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Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 595–611 | Cite as

RiskM: A multi-perspective modeling method for IT risk assessment

  • Stefan Strecker
  • David Heise
  • Ulrich Frank
Article

Abstract

Stakeholder involvement and participation are widely recognized as being key success factors for IT risk assessment. A particular challenge facing current IT risk assessment methods is to provide accessible abstractions on matters of IT risk that attend to both managerial and technical perspectives of the stakeholders involved. In this paper, we investigate whether a conceptual modeling method can address essential requirements in the IT risk assessment domain, and which structural and procedural features such a method entails. The research follows a design research process in which we describe a research artifact, and evaluate it to assess whether it meets the intended goals. In the paper, we specify requirements and assumptions underlying the method construction, discuss the structural specification of the method and its design rationale, present a prototypical application scenario, and provide an initial method evaluation. The results indicate that multi-perspective modeling methods satisfy requirements specific to the IT risk assessment domain, and that such methods, in fact, provide abstractions on matters of IT risk accessible to both a technical and a managerial audience.

Keywords

IT risk assessment Enterprise modeling Meta modeling Design science research 

Notes

Acknowledgement

The authors would like to thank the anonymous referees for their constructive comments that greatly helped improve the paper. We would also like to thank Arne Weuster for his support and Jens Gulden for valuable comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Computer Science and Business Information SystemsUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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