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Add a Risk

A Risk is a condition that could cause the disruption, loss or compromise of a system. It can refer to either technical or business risks.

Within an element, you can create a record for each risk that you want to record against the element.

Add a Risk Record

Display the properties of the element to which you want to add the risk record, and click on the 'Add New' button. A menu displays offering options to add various features to the element.  Select the 'Add risk' option. The 'Add risk to <element name>' dialog displays.

Mandatory fields on the dialog are indicated by a red asterisk (*).

Complete the fields as directed here.



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Type an appropriate and meaningful name for the new risk.


Type in the risk type.


Defaults to 1. Click on the up and down arrows to set a different weighting on the risk. There is no limit to the value that you can set, but within Enterprise Architect the usual value is a small number between, say, 1.0 (normal) and 5.0 (heavily weighted).


Type in a description of the risk, what it is and what the mitigation might be.

You can format this text using the facilities provided in the Notes toolbar. These are:

  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Underline
  • Numbered list
  • Bulleted list
  • Superscript text
  • Subscript text
  • Set color of selected text


Click on this button to submit the details and create the risk record on the selected element.

This message is displayed:

    Risk <name> was successfully added to <element name>.


  • Work through the fields again, defining another new risk on this element, or
  • Click on the Close button to close the dialog

Add & Close

Click on this button to add the Risk item (as described above) and also Close the dialog.


Click on this button to close the dialog.

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