Webinars Examine 
Risk Management

Career opportunities abound in the high-demand field

7 October 2011

Today’s complex computer systems are at risk for any number of disruptions, which can wreak havoc with critical operations in just about any area. Knowing how to identify, assess, and prioritize threats to a system—as well as how to minimize, monitor, and control their probability—falls under the heading of risk management.

The demand for engineers familiar with risk management is high, yet few have the training. To beef up IEEE members’ knowledge of the field and boost their career opportunities, IEEE-USA has partnered with Quality & Engineering to roll out a six-part webinar on risk management. A management and consulting firm, Quality & Engineering provides services such as infrastructure protection, computer forensics, and cybersecurity.

You can register for just one session or the entire series. Three of the six webinars have already been held, so if you register for all six, you’ll be sent links to those early ones.

The first three sessions covered cybersecurity for electric utilities; how to apply risk management as early as the project-definition stage; and risk-management standards, including those under development.

“Enterprise Risk Management and Information System Security,” the fourth in the series, goes live on 19 October from noon to 1 p.m., Eastern time (ET). “Enterprise” in the title refers to the practice of protecting an entire organization. Participants will learn how to identify adverse events, determine their likelihood of occurrence and the magnitude of their impact, and devise a response strategy and monitor its progress.


According to Hank Lindborg, IEEE-USA Career and Workforce Policy Committee chair, the webinars provide important information on areas of growing interest, as well as pinpointing potentially significant career opportunities.

“The series offers just the right solutions for today’s problems,” Lindborg says. “If you look at the front page of The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, or any nightly news broadcast, we live in an age of risk involving volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Engineers must provide the pivotal public policy and managerial solutions to address today’s challenges using risk-based problem solving and decision making.”


The last two webinars are scheduled for November and December. “Lean Six Sigma for Risk Management” takes place on 16 November from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. Lean Six Sigma is a combination of Lean methods and Six Sigma approaches. The Lean methodology involves reducing waste and anything that, in the customer’s opinion, offers no added value. Six Sigma aims to reduce product variations, defects, and process mistakes. The session covers the concepts and approaches of Lean methods and Six Sigma and applies them to risk management.

The final webinar, “Risk-based Metrics for Software System Design, Development, and Testing,” is slated for 14 December from noon to 1 p.m. ET. The webinar explores how to perform a software risk analysis when installing new software, a process that can adversely affect a system’s reliability, security, and performance.

Each of the presenters of the hour-long webinars are expert in their field. IEEE members pay US $19 for one webinar or $89 for the series of six. For nonmembers, the charge is $38 for one or $189 for them all.

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