Security Journal

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 55–64 | Cite as

The Case for ‘Risk Awareness’

  • Stevyn D Gibson
Research Article


This paper posits that, in the security world, ‘risk awareness’ should be separated and distinguished from ‘risk perception’. It argues that, in the post-modern world, the intelligence function alone no longer fulfils the security requirement to become risk aware. Risk awareness, an inherent feature of security, should be a combination of vulnerability assessment, information-gathering and knowledge management, which provides critical input to the risk identification and risk management process. It suggests that risk awareness should be formally and openly adopted within a corporate security function, and networked with similar processes in other corporate functions. It initiates discussion as to whether a risk awareness capability might usefully fill the gap between inadequate information and the imperative to make decisions.


Risk awareness security information-gathering vulnerability analysis knowledge management risk perception 


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© Palgrave Macmillan 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stevyn D Gibson
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  1. 1.PhD student in the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis at the Royal Military College of Sciencethe UK Defence Academy and Cranfield University

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