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Tool Identity Card

General information
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Tool name : RiskWatch for Information Systems & ISO 17799
Vendor name : RiskWatch
Country of origin : United States

Level of reference of the tool
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Coverage : Local
Supported by organization, club,... (e.g. as sponsor) :

Brief description of the product
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  • RiskWatch for Information Systems &ISO 17799 is the of RiskWatch company' solution for IS Risk Management. This tool conducts automated risk analysis and vulnerability assessments of information systems. The knowledge databases that are provided along with the product are completely customizable by the user, including the ability to create new asset categories, threat categories, vulnerability categories, safeguards, question categories, and question sets. The tool includes controls from the ISO 17799 and US-NIST 800-26 standards. RiskWatch provides an online demonstration of this product.

Supported functionality
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R.A. Method phases supported

  • Risk identification : Phase I & II: List of predefined threats grouped in categories
  • Risk analysis : Phase I & II: Determine the potential financial impact
  • Risk evaluation : Phase I & II: Gather information about vulnerabilities

Other phases

  • N/A

R.M. Method phases supported

  • Risk assessment
  • Risk treatment : Phase III : Define safeguard details
  • Risk acceptance : Phase III : "what-if" scenarios

Other phases

  • N/A

Other functionality

  • Asset Inventory: List of individual assets grouped in categories

Information processed

  • Executive Summary
  • Full and summary reports: For elements identified in Phases 1 and 2
  • Cost Benefit Report
  • Safeguard threat report
  • Audit trail reports
  • Final management report

Date of the first edition, date and number of actual version

Date of first release : N/A
Date and identification of the last version : 2002 - version 9

Useful links
Link for further information

Official web site : http://www.riskwatch.com/
user group web site : N/A
Relevant web site : N/A

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Languages available : English

Pricing and licensing models
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  • $15.000

Sectors with free availability or discounted price : Educational discount: 25%

Trial before purchase
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CD or download available : Online demonstration
Identification required : Yes
Trial period : -

Tool architecture
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  • Web server
  • Standalone application

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Target public
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  • Government, agencies
  • Large scale companies
  • SME

Specific sector : N/A

Information concerning the spread of this tool

General information : 3000 users
Used inside EU countries : N/A
Used outside EU countries : N/A

Level of detail
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Management : N/A
Operational : N/A
Technical : N/A

Compliance to IT Standards
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Tool helps towards a certification
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  • N/A

Information about possible training courses for this tool

Course : RiskWatch for Information Systems Two-Day Training: 2 days duration, Principles of Risk Assessment, Familiarity with the RiskWatch Automated Risk Assessment Program, cost $1000 per person
Course : On-site Riskwatch training: 2 days duration, Risk analysis with Riskwatch, cost $5500 per class

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Users viewpoint

Skills needed
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  • To install : N/A
  • To use : On-line help
  • To maintain : N/A

Tool Support
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Support : Online and telephone Support, Help, FAQ, etc

Organization processes integration
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Supported Roles

  • N/A

Intergration in Organization activities

  • N/A

Interoperability with other tools
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  • Import/Export: DataSheet (Excel), Databases (ODBC)

Sector adapted knowledge databases supported
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  • N/A

Flexibility of tool's database
Can the database be customized and adapted to client requirements?

  • Questionnaires : Customize
  • RiskWatch IS database : Create new asset categories, threat categories, vulnerability categories, safeguards, question categories, and question sets.
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