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Why is ERM Automation a Game-Changer for Tech Companies?

TLDR: ERM Automation is a software tool that automates the risk management function for tech companies, saving them significant manual labor and reducing insurance costs while creating customer and investor trust. 

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In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology, managing risk effectively is not just a necessity; it's a competitive advantage. This is where Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) comes into play. Let's delve into why ERM Automation is revolutionizing the way tech companies approach risks.

Understanding Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

At its core, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is a discipline for identifying, assessing, and responding to risks that might adversely affect a company. It's about having a bird's-eye view of all potential risks - be it financial-, operational-, or compliance-related - and managing them in a coordinated way.

ERM typically encompasses several key areas. These components work together to provide a comprehensive risk management strategy:

  • Risk Identification: Spotting potential hazards that could impact the business.

  • Risk Assessment: Evaluating the severity and likelihood of these risks.

  • Risk Mitigation: Developing strategies to control or mitigate these risks.

  • Monitoring and Reporting: Keeping track of risk exposure and effectiveness of mitigation strategies.

Traditionally, ERM has been a manual, labor-intensive process. The process is often costly, requiring significant investment in both software and specialized staff. Teams would spend months sifting through data, creating reports, and trying to foresee potential risks. This approach, while thorough, is time-consuming and prone to human error. 

That is why ERM is usually accessible to large enterprises that can afford whole risk management departments.  

The Shift to ERM Automation

ERM Automation leverages technology to streamline the risk management process. It includes the use of software to automate the tedious tasks of data collection, risk analysis, and trust reporting. This not only saves time but also increases the confidence of decision-making. 

For tech companies, where risks can evolve rapidly, the ability to rely on a tool that will do all the heavy lifting for risk management while you focus on building and growing your company is critical. ERM Automation provides this ability at a fraction of the cost compared to traditional options in the marketplace. The tool is the ultimate solution to finally make tech SMEs proactively manage their risk. 

Why Tech Companies Need ERM Automation

Technology companies face unique challenges, from cybersecurity threats to growing regulatory compliance. Here are some of the trends that the tech sector has recently picked up:

  • Skyrocketing compliance requirements: Tech companies are subject to various compliance standards such as SOC2 or ISO. The reason is to ensure that a company has controls in place to prevent accidents. Over the last ten years, the interest in compliance, especially SOC2, has grown tenfold! Compliance can be a significant overhead for tech companies, but it is necessary to do business and grow confidently.

SOC2 interest growth over time (source: Google)

  • Evolving customer and investor trust in startups: Early-stage companies must prove themselves repeatedly before their products or services become widely trusted. The inability to satisfy customer's contractual requirements for compliance, security, and insurance can break customer relationships. Similarly, poor risk management or governance can lead to accidents that will irreparably harm investor trust and ability to raise money. 

  • Mounting insurance costs for new risks: Insurance companies have an unstable appetite for new technology risks due to the lack of historical claims and the complexity of exposure. To compensate for underwriting insufficiencies, insurers typically charge a lot of premiums, and the cost only keeps going up year-over-year. Tech companies could pay tens of thousands for a regular suite of coverages with no good alternatives on the marketplace. 

  • Declining risk productivity: With a more challenging fundraising environment, tightening purchasing budgets, and human capital rebalancing, tech companies have less ability to invest in their risk fitness or in creating and improving a risk management function. The alternatives are expensive full-time talent, costly legacy software tools, or plain vanilla insurance products that do little to help customers protect themselves. This opens the door to the larger non-market-related downside for tech companies. 

How Koop Stands Apart

Koop offers an ERM Automation tool that is not only cost-effective but also user-friendly. Designed specifically for tech companies, it understands the unique challenges and risks these companies face. With a focus on simplicity and efficiency, our platform enables tech companies to manage their risks without the hefty price tag and complexity of traditional ERM solutions.

The ERM Automation tool features:

  • Contractual requirements management to ensure that tech companies never miss an insurance, compliance, or security requirement from a customer, partner, or investor. 

  • Risk controls sourced from SOC2 and ISO compliance frameworks to ensure tech companies have an easy way to access, implement, and report on those controls and key risk events.

  • Smart coverage that provides customers with insurance credits for implementing risk controls and using ERM to protect themselves proactively. 

All in all, ERM Automation is a game-changer for tech companies. It offers the ability to manage risks more effectively and adaptively. With platforms like Koop, tech companies can now access ERM tools that are both affordable and easy to use, allowing them to stay agile and competitive in the fast-paced technology sector.

Whenever you think of Koop, think of everything risk. Koop solves risk for tech companies in a way similar to how Gusto solves payroll or QuickBooks solves finance. Learn more about ERM Automation and our insurance products at!