Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)

Businesses small or big, an effective GRC framework helps leaders and various functions to ensure achievement of organizational objectives.

Governance: Achieve objectives - High level oversight of business process in relation to organizational security. Governance is a high-level oversight of the direction of an organization with respect to security, risks, controls, cyberattacks and so on. A board of executives and/or any senior management group with some organizational experience can ensure sensible decisions are made.

Risk: Address uncertainty - Reducing risks and consequences of risk events. It is about whatever needs to be done to reduce the likelihood and impact of risk events. Usually a track of such different risks and issues are kept in order to conduct a gap analysis.

Compliance: Act with integrity - Conformance with frameworks and tools implemented. Compliance measures whether or not what is being done matches requirements of applicable legislations, standards or frameworks that has either been imposed on the organization or adopted as best practice. Most of the times they come from governments, regulators or third-party auditors.

About Thumbnail

GRC generally includes all facets across the organizational hierarchy and is about the values of the organization, delivering those values both within and external to the organization, as well as all functions around to help address risk and compliance. It relies on people, processes and technology to keep the organization on track. All departments are put on radar to improvise such as HR, finance, legal, marketing, manufacturing, logistics etc.

Why GRC:

  • Improved decision making based on metrics
  • Optimal business and IT processes
  • Elimination of silos, joint effort in one direction
  • Clarity of vision and direction
  • Controlled and structured environment
  • Justified and well-managed investments

GRC is a strategy aimed at:

  • Aligning business and IT processes with business goals
  • Ensuring risks are managed and mitigated
  • Every action to be compliant with the set policies & procedures, standards & frameworks and legislations

GRC encompasses all the processes and systems that are used to perform risk management processes and to meet relevant compliance obligations. With the pressure of external scrutiny and fragmented nature of systems & processes, it is worrisome that many times risk is being managed in a siloed and on a department basis. It is indeed a challenging fact for risk to be integrated and compared at entity level, and our primary focus is to assist organizations improve their processes, whether its risk, compliance or over-arching operations.

How do we implement:

  • Review different GRC and governance frameworks; COBIT, COSO, ITIL and many others.
  • Finalize the changes in each department
  • Start applying a methodology from roots
  • Train and educate employees
  • Nominate and enforce responsibilities
  • Benchmark and collect metrics for performance reviews
  • Continuously improvise
Enterprise Risk Management

All organizations exist to achieve certain objectives and an effective ERM exercise can prove to be a significant catalyst. Globalization, digitization and mergers of different industry boundaries have created...

Read More