Commsrisk is a website and social media hub that reports on the risks faced by electronic communications providers and their customers. We cover a broad spectrum of risk and assurance challenges because we see the connections between them; customer privacy is undermined by security weaknesses, technology exploits are invented by criminals, disgruntled employees are more likely to collude in fraud, and so on. Our content is written by industry insiders with a first-hand understanding of the impact risks can have.
It is also vital to pitch information at the right level. When it comes to insights about risks, most of us are presented with too much or too little information. We might plough through overwhelming detail when implementing information systems, but have nobody to warn us about important new initiatives from governments, competitors or suppliers. Commsrisk seeks to address these challenges by giving straightforward, regular, and digestible updates on all the relevant developments in risk, assurance, audit, fraud, analytics, security, data protection, regulation, technology, intellectual property and privacy.
In short, we know what you need to know, and what it feels like to track and absorb huge amounts of intelligence in the limited time available. We seek to provide an indispensable source of information for thousands of professionals working in the global communications sector, and for those members of the public with a keen interest in protecting their right to affordable and secure communication.
This website is the latest incarnation of what was previously called ‘the talkRA project’, a collaboration of like-minded risk and assurance professionals that began in 2008. When we started, we all worked in the communications industry full-time, and our only goal was to improve the exchange of information by voluntarily sharing what we knew, whilst encouraging others to emulate us. That project spawned a website read in every country, a podcast, a book, and a loyal following.
Time has inevitably changed the composition of our crew, with some old pals moving on to other pastures, whilst new friends have joined our ranks. Time has also witnessed the evolution of the threats faced by the communications industry. After canvassing talkRA’s supporters, original founder Eric Priezkalns relaunched the website as Commsrisk in 2015, confirming the established trend towards providing a broader scope and more extensive coverage of the latest risk news.
To the extent that Commsrisk exists as a commercial entity, it is owned by Eric’s company, Revenue Protect Limited. However, the reality of Commsrisk is much more subtle than any business model. To get the inside knowledge needed to really address risks, we rely upon an extensive network of good and honest professionals who volunteer their insights. When they write for Commsrisk, they retain their copyright. A full statement on the status of intellectual property rights relating to this website and its content can be found here.
We believe in giving credit where credit is due, and sharing risks and rewards between everyone who contributes to our educational projects. When there are opportunities to collaborate on educational products that also generate revenues, such as book royalties, every participant is offered a fair share of the proceeds. However, they often choose to reinvest them into our next project.
We see a real need for Commsrisk, not only because good risk management and assurance boosts the bottom line for businesses. Commsrisk wants to assist the education of communications employees and consultants, and through them ensure that comms providers serve the needs of the public… and we believe it is perfectly possible to conduct business in a way that equally benefits customers, employees and shareholders.
Commsrisk is an information exchange, and increasing complexity means we will all need to absorb even more information in future. Our goal is to continue to develop Commsrisk into a crucial resource that serves the needs of its loyal and expanding audience. We hope that you find our content useful, informative, and even entertaining at times. And we invite you to help us by sharing your insights too.