Risk rating

The Risk rating for an application is a function of the highest severity of active issues in the application, and the business impact defined for the application. Higher numbers indicate increased risk.

Severity and Business impact are each assigned numerical values, and multiplied together to produce a risk value. This value is converted to the Risk rating.
[Risk rating value] = [Severity of highest active issue] x [Business impact of application]

Severity values

The severity of the highest active issue in an application is converted to a numerical value following this table:
Severity Value
Informational 1
Low 2
Medium 3
High 4
Critical 5
Note: Active issues are issues that are:
  • Status = New, Open, In Progress, or Reopened, and
  • Severity = Critical, High, Medium, or Low

Business inpact

The business impact assigned to the application is converted to a numerical value following this table:
Business impact Value
Unspecified 0
Low 2
Medium 3
High 4
Critical 5
Note: The default Business impact setting is Medium (3). You can change this to a different value, and also set it to Undefined. When Business impact is Unspecified, Risk rating will be Unknown.


To define business impact:
  1. On the main toolbar, click Applications, to open application view.
  2. Locate the application you want to edit, and click Edit icon on the right hand side of its row.
  3. Use the Business impact combo-box to select the value you want: Critical, High, Medium, or Low.
Risk rating calculation
Value Risk rating
0 Unknown
1-8 Low
9-14 Medium
15-19 High
20-25 Critical
Note: If an application contains at least one scan, even though there are no active issues, its Risk rating is set as Low.