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GRC is a methodology that combines your organization's governance, risk management, and compliance efforts all into one unified strategy and aligns your IT and cybersecurity needs with your business goals. By implementing a GRC approach, you can strengthen your security program, reduce your organization’s risk, and improve the overall efficiency of the security program. Let’s explore the key benefits of a GRC strategy.

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1. Improving decision making and alignment

In order for leaders to make decisions for the organization, they need a holistic view of the business. This includes having a clear understanding of what’s needed to achieve the organization’s goals and how potential risks and compliance needs may impact them. Implementing a GRC program combines the organization’s goals and its security under a unified strategy, which can help streamline the process of making informed business decisions. 

2. Enhancing risk management

Risk management is an ongoing process that requires consistent reviewing and monitoring. Within a GRC strategy, risk management is integrated into department operations and processes. This enables your organization to better identify, assess, manage, and monitor risks comprehensively and makes it easy to detect potential risks early and implement measures to mitigate them.

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3. Increasing team efficiency

If you’re working under resource-constrained circumstances, GRC could allow you to streamline and automate many aspects of your manual work. This frees up your staff to tackle the critical aspects of your organization’s security and compliance and eliminates redundant work so employee time is used more efficiently.

4. Avoiding compliance gap consequences

A well-designed GRC implementation will make your regulatory compliance an ongoing part of your operations. With these practices in place, you can easily stay up-to-date with the laws, standards, and regulations your business adheres to. Having a system in place for continued compliance helps you avoid the consequences of falling out of compliance, such as penalties and fines, loss of business, and loss of trust with customers and stakeholders.

5. Strengthening trust with stakeholders 

With the systems and policies in place to ensure you’re keeping up with security, governance, and compliance best practices, you’ll also be strengthening your organization’s reputation. Earning the trust of potential clients, partners, and stakeholders paves the way for continued growth and opportunities for your business. 

6. Scaling organization seamlessly

It can get complicated to manage your organization’s governance, risk management, and compliance in silos. And as your business grows or there are changes in your regulatory or risk landscape, it can become even more difficult. A GRC program can help your organization scale and make it easy to handle your compliance and risk management tasks in a manageable way at any size.

The secret to maximizing your GRC implementation

To make the most out of your GRC implementation, you need the right tools to help you track and manage it. Vanta’s offers a unified trust management platform that can help you integrate compliance and risk management into your existing workflows, provide holistic risk visibility, and can help you track your compliance across frameworks. Schedule a demo with our team to see if adding trust management to your GRC program is right for you. 

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Introduction to GRC

Top 6 Benefits of GRC

A black and white drawing of a rock formation.

GRC is a methodology that combines your organization's governance, risk management, and compliance efforts all into one unified strategy and aligns your IT and cybersecurity needs with your business goals. By implementing a GRC approach, you can strengthen your security program, reduce your organization’s risk, and improve the overall efficiency of the security program. Let’s explore the key benefits of a GRC strategy.

Graphic of the 6 benefits of GRC

1. Improving decision making and alignment

In order for leaders to make decisions for the organization, they need a holistic view of the business. This includes having a clear understanding of what’s needed to achieve the organization’s goals and how potential risks and compliance needs may impact them. Implementing a GRC program combines the organization’s goals and its security under a unified strategy, which can help streamline the process of making informed business decisions. 

2. Enhancing risk management

Risk management is an ongoing process that requires consistent reviewing and monitoring. Within a GRC strategy, risk management is integrated into department operations and processes. This enables your organization to better identify, assess, manage, and monitor risks comprehensively and makes it easy to detect potential risks early and implement measures to mitigate them.

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3. Increasing team efficiency

If you’re working under resource-constrained circumstances, GRC could allow you to streamline and automate many aspects of your manual work. This frees up your staff to tackle the critical aspects of your organization’s security and compliance and eliminates redundant work so employee time is used more efficiently.

4. Avoiding compliance gap consequences

A well-designed GRC implementation will make your regulatory compliance an ongoing part of your operations. With these practices in place, you can easily stay up-to-date with the laws, standards, and regulations your business adheres to. Having a system in place for continued compliance helps you avoid the consequences of falling out of compliance, such as penalties and fines, loss of business, and loss of trust with customers and stakeholders.

5. Strengthening trust with stakeholders 

With the systems and policies in place to ensure you’re keeping up with security, governance, and compliance best practices, you’ll also be strengthening your organization’s reputation. Earning the trust of potential clients, partners, and stakeholders paves the way for continued growth and opportunities for your business. 

6. Scaling organization seamlessly

It can get complicated to manage your organization’s governance, risk management, and compliance in silos. And as your business grows or there are changes in your regulatory or risk landscape, it can become even more difficult. A GRC program can help your organization scale and make it easy to handle your compliance and risk management tasks in a manageable way at any size.

The secret to maximizing your GRC implementation

To make the most out of your GRC implementation, you need the right tools to help you track and manage it. Vanta’s offers a unified trust management platform that can help you integrate compliance and risk management into your existing workflows, provide holistic risk visibility, and can help you track your compliance across frameworks. Schedule a demo with our team to see if adding trust management to your GRC program is right for you. 

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Scaling your compliance doesn't have to SOC 2 much.

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Scaling your compliance doesn't have to SOC 2 much.

Learn how to add new frameworks to your compliance program without adding to your workload.

Without Vanta, we’d be looking at hiring another person to handle all the work that an audit and its preparation creates.”

Willem Riehl, Director of Information Security and Acting CISO | CoachHub

Role:GRC responsibilities:
Board of directors
Central to the overarching GRC strategy, this group sets the direction for the compliance strategy. They determine which standards and regulations are necessary for compliance and align the GRC strategy with business objectives.
Chief financial officerPrimary responsibility for the success of the GRC program and for reporting results to the board.
Operations managers from relevant departmentsThis group owns processes. They are responsible for the success and direction of risk management and compliance within their departments.
Representatives from relevant departments
These are the activity owners. These team members are responsible for carrying out specific compliance and risk management tasks within their departments and for integrating these tasks into their workflows.
Contract managers from relevant department
These team members are responsible for managing interactions with vendors and other third parties in their department to ensure all risk management and compliance measures are being taken.
Chief information security officer (CISO)Defines the organization’s information security policy, designs risk and vulnerability assessments, and develops information security policies.
Data protection officer (DPO) or legal counselDevelops goals for data privacy based on legal regulations and other compliance needs, designs and implements privacy policies and practices, and assesses these practices for effectiveness.
GRC leadResponsible for overseeing the execution of the GRC program in collaboration with the executive team as well as maintaining the organization’s library of security controls.
Cybersecurity analyst(s)Implements and monitors cybersecurity measures that are in line with the GRC program and business objectives.
Compliance analyst(s)Monitors the organization’s compliance with all regulations and standards necessary, identifies any compliance gaps, and works to mitigate them.
Risk analyst(s)Carries out the risk management program for the organization and serves as a resource for risk management across various departments, including identifying, mitigating, and monitoring risks.
IT security specialist(s)Implements security controls within the IT system in coordination with the cybersecurity analyst(s).

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