How to improve your business risk awareness with business-centric GRC?


Today’s highly regulated corporate environment requires organizations to have an integrated approach to governance, risk, and compliance (GRC). Tailoring GRC programs to your organization’s needs allows companies to reach their goals while simultaneously mitigating risk and complying with laws.

In this article, we’ll look at ways implementing an SAP security centric GRC strategy could increase your organization’s risk awareness.

Achieving GRC business objectives

When creating a GRC strategy with a business focus, several goals should be kept in mind.

These include:

Protecting and enhancing productivity/efficiency by following all rules and regulations and standardizing processes.

Business Responsibility in Access Risks by increasing its responsibility in access risks, your company will be better able to efficiently manage risks and comply with applicable requirements, optimize processes, and promote responsibility.


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Establishing greater responsibility on businesses to manage risk

GRC strategies that focus on businesses aim to hold businesses more accountable for the risks they expose themselves to, so let’s look at an audit principle known as the three lines of defense as an aid in understanding this concept better.

Your company can benefit from having clearly-outlined roles for every line of defense to manage access risks and ensure compliance effectively. Clearly outlining these responsibilities will put it in a better position to address access risks efficiently and comply with regulations.

GRC from a holistic perspective: the GRC Pyramid

Effective GRC Pyramid serves as a powerful blueprint for designing an all-encompassing GRC strategy. The pyramid’s three major elements are foundation, structure, and roof:

GRC from a holistic perspective


Your organization must establish basic GRC concepts as the base of the pyramid, representing its foundation. This involves setting up appropriate access controls, meeting legislative compliance obligations, and developing dynamic solutions capable of meeting evolving organizational requirements.

Structure for GRC Implementation

The pyramid structure represents the different levels of GRC activities required within your organization, such as audits, support, and downtime expense reduction, as well as shifting responsibility away from IT and onto the business itself.

Roof; At its apex stands a pyramid representing success in terms of attaining responsibility in business. This encompasses various GRC duties such as requests to adjust SAP access levels, reviews of user access privileges, business roles reviewed for mitigating controls, reviews of rule sets and elevated privileges reviews, etc.

Who exactly is the client in this instance?

Before embarking upon the implementation of a business-centric GRC approach, you must identify who the real customer is: the company. By engaging employees of your organization in GRC procedures and processes, you may foster ownership and foster responsibility among them, which in turn increases risk awareness and decision-making abilities.

Analysis of needs: prioritizing GRC’s business goals.

When creating a GRC strategy, it is vitally important to carefully consider each goal based on your organization’s unique requirements. This will allow you to prioritize efforts and allocate resources effectively – for maximum impact! Here are some goals which should be prioritized:

Protecting SAP applications and systems, increasing Productivity and Efficiency by adhering to rules and regulations, standardizing processes, and increasing accountability of business for access risks – these are all hallmarks of GRC compliance that you need a reliable adviser for.

Attaining successful implementation of a GRC strategy requires working in partnership with an advisor you trust, who can guide you through each of the following steps.

Implementation involves the adoption of an access risk management solution with sufficient visibility, providing corporate responsibility. You can reduce exposure by aligning user access with how often they actually use the system.

Personalize: To monitor risks pertinent to your organization, create a client-specific rule set. “Mitigate” refers to mitigating hazards by taking necessary steps.

Educate: Provide line managers with information regarding risks and controls related to their duties that could help mitigate them, then automate and streamline processes like providing access, changing passwords, or seeking enhanced permissions.

Review: To ensure ongoing compliance and risk management, it is vitally important that regular evaluations (at least annually) of users’ access, hazards, and controls occur.


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GRC recognizes the significance of continuously progressing.

As businesses operate in an ever-evolving corporate environment, the risks and laws they must abide by become ever more complex. When it comes to governance, risk, and compliance (GRC), having a philosophy of continuous improvement is essential; this involves regular monitoring and evaluative meetings of your GRC approach in order to identify areas for improvement as well as making necessary adjustments so as not to fall behind developing risks and regulatory requirements.

Utilizing technology in GRC compliance

Today’s technology plays a vital role in governance, risk, and compliance management processes. Your company can utilize cutting-edge GRC technologies to automate repetitive work tasks, gain better insight into risks, speed up reporting procedures, and reduce time required for reporting procedures if it opts to integrate these modern GRC solutions. Here are a few notable technologies worth including in your GRC strategy plan:

Data analytics: Analysis can assist in uncovering patterns and trends within the risk and compliance data that pertains to your organization, which allows for informed choices to be made and enhanced efficiency of GRC procedures.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies may be used to automate GRC processes, detect emerging risks and predict compliance issues before they escalate further.

Cloud-Based GRC Solutions Cloud-based GRC tools offer enhanced flexibility and scalability, which enables organizations to adapt their GRC approach according to changing business needs without incurring costly infrastructure upgrades. GRC solutions (or governance, risk, and compliance solutions) come under this category.

Integrating GRC tools with other management systems integrating your GRC tools with ERP, HR, and IT management systems may help create an integrated risk management framework that is more unified and effective than before.

Establish a mindset that can spot potential threats

Establishing a culture of risk awareness within your organization is one of the cornerstones of adopting a business-centric GRC strategy and is of crucial importance in creating one. Specifically, this involves increasing knowledge about risk management as a process and the important part each employee plays in keeping GRC procedures alive and well. You may create this by taking several steps, such as:

Communicate the Value and Repercussions of GRC: Make sure the significance of GRC to your organization and any repercussions of noncompliance are frequently communicated to all employees.

Provide continuing training: To ensure employees of all levels can build up their understanding of GRC concepts as well as any risks or requirements specific to their jobs, ongoing training opportunities should be available for all.

Encourage open communication: Establish an environment where staff members feel free to express any concerns regarding potential dangers or difficulties with compliance – without fear of reprisals if necessary.

Reward employees who demonstrate strong commitments to risk management and compliance by giving them recognition, promotions, or other incentives. Acknowledging their efforts with recognition or awards.

Set a precedent for GRC across your organization by ensuring senior leadership demonstrates unwavering dedication to GRC practices and provides an example for others.

Integrating GRC into strategic planning

An effective GRC approach is closely aligned with your organization’s broad business goals and strategic plans. Include GRC concerns in strategic planning procedures so you can ensure risk management and compliance are properly integrated into decision-making and resource allocation. This improves planning, and accurate planning ensures proactive mitigation of potential hazards, including improved operations optimization, and meeting of strategic objectives are facilitated as a result of such action.

Conclusions and Musings

Enhancing risk awareness within your organization through adopting a GRC strategy that centers around it is the first step toward managing risks, complying with regulations, and reaching your business goals more successfully. Build a resilient organization capable of successfully navigating today’s business environment by paying attention to key objectives, adopting a holistic view of GRC, and using technology effectively for risk mitigation purposes. You can build a culture of risk awareness within your workplace and include GRC in strategic plans. That way, you’re creating a culture of risk awareness within your organization that’s built into every step.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.