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Security risk management frameworks


A security risk management framework allows an organisation to systematically engage with risk and fulfil its mission while keeping its staff safe from harm.

Open Briefing builds bespoke frameworks of policies, procedures and resources that allow our clients to operate as safely as possible, even in violent or repressive environments.

Policy: A position on what we will – and will not – do, and for whom
Procedure: How we will do what we said we would do
Resource: Something we need to do what we said we would do

Open Briefing has recently developed security risk management frameworks for:

  • A US human rights organisation with offices across the Middle East and Africa, including Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Central African Republic and Nigeria.
  • A London-based charity defending the right to privacy and standing against overarching corporate and state surveillance.
  • A Swedish humanitarian agency running conflict transformation programmes in East Africa and the Horn of Africa.

Our Safety and Security Lead has developed 25 such frameworks in the last four years.

We build these frameworks to reflect the specific mission, approach, operating environments, resources and risk threshold of an organisation. As such, this work is usually preceded by a security management and duty of care audit. Once we have developed the framework, we then support our clients with training and a retained consultant in order to embed the new policies, procedures and resources within their working culture and practices.

Please contact us to discuss your security risk management framework needs.

“Open Briefing has been an essential service to me and my organisation. Their expert team couples on-the-ground knowledge of complex, insecure environments with pragmatic solutions. I am grateful Open Briefing exists; they permit me to make well-thought-out decisions on how to oversee my organisation’s duty of care.”
Jessi Ginther, Operations Director, Center for Civilians in Conflict

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