Corporate Defence Management (CDM) Services
"Effectively defending your stakeholders' interests"
In the current economic environment organisations are under increased pressure to ensure that they are taking appropriate measures in order to adequately safeguard the interests of their stakeholders. This includes being able to successfully demonstrate that the organisation has taken all reasonable steps to help ensure that there is an appropriate program in place to help achieve this requirement.
The CDM Approach
CDM introduces a systematic approach to the strategic management of what have been identified as the critical components which constitute an organisation's program for self-defence. CDM can help to proactively defend your organisation against potential hazards while at the same time helping you to optimise your return on your existing corporate defence investment. Successful CDM involves integrating the management of your defence related activities in order to help your organisation produce an effective and efficient program which adequately safeguards the interest of your stakeholders. By developing a coherent corporate defence program CDM can help your organisation to improve performance, increase productivity and reduce costs, while at the same time helping the organisation to create a more robust corporate defence structure.
The Critical Components of an Organisation's Program for Self-defence
|Governance: relates to how an organization is directed and controlled, all the way from the boardroom to the shop-floor. It therefore involves multidimensional layers, both vertical and horizontal, which reflect the measures and mechanisms in place throughout the organization in order to achieve this objective.
||Security: represents an organization's ability to protect their stakeholders' interests from threats or danger. This involves the ongoing management of both physical and IT security issues in order to safeguard the assets of the organization from a multitude of potential threats. It requires the deterrence, prevention, or pre-emption of threats facing the organization and mitigating these threats or minimizing any possible vulnerabilities. |
|Risk: relates to how an organization identifies, measures and manages the risks it is exposed to, whereby risk is understood as the uncertainty or possibility that an event will occur which can have an adverse effect on the achievement of the organization's objectives. Risk Management is concerned with addressing the relationship between potential risks and their related potential rewards.
||Resilience: represents an evolving concept which in its simplest form could be said to refer to an organization's ability to withstand, rebound or recover from the direct and indirect consequences of a shock, disturbance or disruption. It focuses on an organization's ability to sustain the impact of an emergency or interruption, and its capacity to recover from a disaster scenario, in order to resume its operations and continue to provide services with minimum disruption. |
|Compliance: represents conforming to specifications, standards, laws or regulations which have been clearly defined. In the corporate world compliance management is concerned with how an organization manages to ensure that it is in adherence with all relevant and required laws, regulations, industry codes, best practices, and internal standards.
||Controls: are any actions taken by an organization in order to address risk and in the process help ensure that the organization's objectives and goals will be achieved. These actions include the practices and procedures employed by the organization in order to provide the board with at least reasonable comfort that the organization's objectives will be achieved in an effective, efficient and economical manner. |
|Intelligence: represents getting the right information, to the right person, in the right place, at the right time. It relates to mechanisms, processes and systems in operation as an organization identifies, obtains, interprets and communicates the information and knowledge available within the organization in order to be in the best position to make the timely and informed decisions which are necessary for the achievement of its objectives.
||Assurance: involves the performance of an objective examination of evidence, in order to provide an impartial assessment on a particular subject matter. It involves the independent expression of a conclusion which is designed to provide a degree of confidence or comfort to those parties concerned, about the assessment and evaluation of the particular subject matter against specific pre-defined criteria. |