Risk Analysis : Risk Assessment

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Risk Analysis Methodologies
By: Cressandra R Dull
Professor Hughbank
HLSS505 Security Risk Management

Throughout the many different types of establishments that currently exist today, there are risk assessments methodologies which are used to estimate or determine risk. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Risk Lexicon (2010), risk assessment methodologies are defined as, “set of methods, principles, or rules used to identify and assess risk and to form priorities, develop courses of action, and inform decision-making” (p.25). Whether it is a risk assessment tailored for the government or private companies, the methods and principles are similar in a sense that they all aim at evaluating risk. Once risk can be determined, they can then decipher what types of strategies and decisions that should be used. Of the many risk assessments out there three distinct models who stood out were the Maritime Security Risk Analysis Model (MSRAM), The CARVER model, and lastly the Transportation Sector Security Risk Assessment (TSSRA). This paper will discuss the three risk assessment methodology’s origin, the intended audience, as well as some main elements and attributes. Afterward, the paper will conclude with my personal opinion to its strengths and weaknesses. But first, background on the selected risk analysis models in its designated order is needed starting with MSRAM.
Initially, MSRAM was developed by the Coast Guard around the year 2005, and it was
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