What Is Residual Risk?

Residual risk refers to the level of risk that remains after security measures and controls have been applied to mitigate the initial or inherent risks. It is the risk that persists despite all efforts to secure systems and processes. 

In cybersecurity, residual risk encompasses the threats that remain after protective measures are implemented, reflecting the limitations of current technologies, policies, and practices. Effective risk management aims to reduce this residual risk to an acceptable level for the organization based on its risk appetite and tolerance.

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