An Overview of Widely Used Risk Management Standards & Guidelines

March 15, 2011

In issuing this report, RIMS encourages all risk professional, regardless of functional area, to use this comparison. Based on the RIMS Risk Maturity Model success attributes, the report is designed to help organizations determine which standards and guidelines most closely align with their respective needs.

"There is an overwhelming amount of information available about the various standards, regulations and guidelines within our discipline," says Mary Roth, executive director, RIMS. "With this report, we organized that information into a useful and understandable format."

The wealth of available standards and guidelines describing risk management demonstrates its essential role within organizations. Even with noted differences in organizational focus, risk management has meaningful applications to all sectors, whether organizations are structured for profit, not for profit, governmental or non-governmental purposes.

The report highlights that the decision to use any particular standard or guideline is unique to each organization. RIMS remains committed to providing practical risk management tools, practices and resources regardless of which standard, guideline or regulation an organization may choose to use.

The Risk Perspective is available via RIMStore at no charge.

For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, Director of Communications, (212) 655-6059 or

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