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Threat vs Vulnerability

 , January 31, 2016
A threat is the potential for something bad to happen. A vulnerability is a weakness or exposure that allows a threat to cause loses. A risk occurs with combinations of risks and matching vulnerabilities. In other words:

Risk = Threats x Vulnerabilities

Computer virusSoftware bugInformation security risk
HurricaneRetail locationsWeather risk to a retailer such as revenue disruption or damage.
Competitor with superior customer servicePoor customer serviceCompetitive risk
RecessionInvestments in growth stocksInvestment risk
Innovative new products on the marketAn inability to innovateInnovation risk
The unemployment rate increasesLoans and credit card productsCredit risk
An employee is sick for a weekThe employee is assigned work on a project activity that is on a project's critical path. Project Risk
Overview: Threat vs Vulnerability
TypeRisk Management
Threat DefinitionA potential for something bad to happen.
Vulnerability DefinitionA weakness or exposure that allows a threat to become a risk.
Related ConceptsBusiness Risks


This is the complete list of articles we have written about risks.
AI Risk
Risk Avoidance
Brand Risk
Budget Risk
Business Risks
Change Risk
Compliance Risk
Concentration Risk
Cost Risk
Country Risk
Credit Risk
Demand Risk
Dread Risk
Economic Risk
Exchange Rates
Existential Risk
External Risk
Financial Risk
Force Majeure
Good Risk
Health & Safety
Human Error
Risk Identification
Infinite Risk
Inflation Risk
Inherent Risk
Interest Rates
Internal Risks
Investing Risk
Legal Risk
Liquidity Risk
Model Risk
Natural Disasters
Negative Risk
Operations Risk
Passive Risk
Personal Risk
Political Risk
Process Risk
Procurement Risk
Product Risk
Project Risk
Pure Risk
Quality Risk
Risk Mitigation
Refinancing Risk
Regulatory Risk
Reputational Risk
Residual Risk
Resource Risk
Revenue Risk
Risk Appetite
Risk Aversion
Risk Examples
Risk Management
Risk Management Process
Risk Matrix
Risk Meaning
Risk Measurement
Risk Taking
Risk Tolerance
Risk Triggers
Risk vs Issue
Risk vs Opportunity
Risk vs Uncertainty
Risk-Reward Ratio
Seasonal Risk
Secondary Risk
Security Risk
Settlement Risk
Risk Sharing
Speculative Risk
Strategic Risk
Strategy Risk
Supply Risk
Systemic Risk
Tactical Risk
Taxation Risk
Technology Risk
Risk Transfer
Unforced Error
Upside Risk
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