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More U.S. private sector employees, students, and staff are traveling abroad than ever before. At the same time, the overseas security landscape is increasingly dynamic. The threats posed by terrorists, insurgents, and criminals, are compounded by the risks presented by non-human forces like natural disasters and disease.
The OSAC Risk Matrix is designed to allow private-sector security professionals to take a holistic approach to risk analysis by assessing different dimensions of a given risk – and to do so in a way that is the most relevant to their organization and its interests.
The framework begins with a Country Profile that allows the user to assess the organization’s footprint in a given context. From there, it proceeds with six modules: Crime, Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Environment, Health, and Operational / Information Security.
The framework concludes with a Countermeasures and Guidance module that allows private-sector security professionals to suggest countermeasures and provide actionable guidance based on their evaluation of the security environment.
To facilitate the evaluation process, most of the fields in the Assessment column have pre-identified answer choices, which are presented as either a drop-down menu or a check-all-that-apply format. Several of the Risk indicators include a hyperlink, which directs the user to online resources that may provide additional context and information.
OSAC acknowledges that the options provided in the Assessment column are unlikely to be exhaustive. We have tried to account for the wide range of situations and scenarios by providing a Clarification / additional information field. In many cases, the user can find suggested ideas or inputs by hovering the cursor over the blank field to reveal additional guidance.
Upon completion, the document can be saved by the traveler, shared with his/her organization, and printed as an accompaniment (in case an electronic copy is not accessible during travel). At the top of the document are fields for the date of assessment, the name of the evaluator, and the version number. It is OSAC’s intention that each assessment will be periodically reviewed and revised based on the evolving security environment and the needs of the organization.