Would Ted Lasso’s Advice Work in IT Risk Management?

You need more than happy optimism to manage risk.​

Even if you haven’t watched Ted Lasso, the Emmy-award-winning series on Apple TV+ about an American managing a British football team, you will have undoubtedly heard of it. ​


Ted leads with the philosophy of “Believe,” which he writes on a banner and hangs over the locker room doorway at Richmond AFC. He is folksy and charming to everyone and trusts people to do the right thing. He takes risks for the team and business with the hope that things will work out, telling his football team: “I believe in hope. I believe in believe.”​



While belief may be critical to your business vision, it’s got no place in your cybersecurity and IT risk strategy.​

We can’t offer you access to Ted Lasso Season 2 – but we can provide you with a complimentary insights paper written by Gartner: 10 Cyber and IT Risk Fundamentals You Must Get Right.​

In this paper, Gartner analysts share key processes to manage cyber and IT Risk, including advice on how to mature your cyber and IT Risk management practice.

After all, “be a goldfish” may be the way to be happy in Ted Lasso’s world, but it’s a poor defense if you need to explain your risk strategy to your board, suppliers, management or customers. ​

10 Cyber and IT Risk Fundamentals You Must Get Right | Gartner



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Gartner: “Ten Cyber and IT Risk Fundamentals You Must Get Right,” by Claude Mandy and Jie Zhang. Published 19 October 2021. Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for IT Risk Management,” by Brent Predovich and Claude Mandy. Published 13 September 2021.​ Gartner and Magic Quadrant are registered trademarks of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved.