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Threat vs Vulnerability

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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 virus
Software bug
Information security risk
Retail locations
Weather risk to a retailer such as revenue disruption or damage.
Competitor with superior customer service
Poor customer service
Competitive risk
Investments in growth stocks
Investment risk
Innovative new products on the market
An inability to innovate
Innovation risk
The unemployment rate increases
Loans and credit card products
Credit risk
An employee is sick for a week
The employee is assigned work on a project activity that is on a project's critical path.
Overview: Threat vs Vulnerability
Threat Definition
A potential for something bad to happen.
Vulnerability Definition
A weakness or exposure that allows a threat to become a risk.
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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
Human Error
Risk Identification
Infinite Risk
Inflation Risk
Inherent Risk
Interest Rates
Internal Risks
Investing Risk
Legal Risk
Liquidity Risk
Model Risk
Moment Of 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
Recession 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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