When we talk about other operations a business needs to perform without losing the focus that it has on the competitive market, we need to consider the fact that these responsibilities are performed with the sole purpose of mitigating the broader issues that might hinder with all the other activities in the business. Looking at the competition in the current scenario, it is evident why every company should fulfill all the requisites that are required for safeguarding the business. If we take a look at the global market, many nations have already focused on the competitive nature of their economy and have laid such regulations like GDPR. Europe came up with one of the most revolutionary regulation to protect its businesses from data theft and privacy reach of their customers. If we take a broader look the matter, we can find that the growth in the demand of a GDPR consultant is nothing but an indication that businesses taken this proposition seriously and also that it is effective for them.
Equating GRC with GDPR
Speaking of GDPR, as we all know it has its focus on data protection of the firms; it can also be viewed as an integral component in a company’s GRC policies. To understand this statement, let’s understand the term first. Only after knowing what Governance, Risk, and Compliance is all about, can we fathom the fact that GDPR is actually a part of GRC.
Governance: It reflects how effectively and ethically the top-tier management of a company tackles all the management-related issues.
Risk: Risk showcases the company’s ability to cost-efficiently tackle the risks that have the potential to attack the business operation.
Compliance: Compliance is when a company abides by all the regulatory requirements for the business’s operation, like data retention and other practices
Now that we have known what GRC really is all about, we can take “Compliance” as the premise to further conclude that both, data protection and other services provided by a GDPR consultant are a part of GRC policies Speaking of these policies, there are issues that are tackled by successfully implementing them, and if not, the company can expose itself to such threats that might affect its very existence in the market.
Interpretation of GRC in Recent Times
According to a recent report, many experts refrain from agreeing on the standard definition of Governance, Risk, and Compliance
for the issue that it doesn’t showcase the whole idea. The Open Compliance and Ethics Group have defined GRC in a more comprehensive way. It has defined GRC as a system of people, processes, and technologies that enables the organization to perform multiple tasks that ensures its security against multiple threats.
GRC strategies according to OCEG help the organization to:
• Understand the issues of the stakeholders and prioritize them accordingly
• Establish objectives that are in accordance with the values and risk
• Achievement of objectives along with optimizing the risk profile of the company
• Ensure if all the activities are being performed within the legal, contractual, internal, social, and ethical boundaries.
• Provide accurate and relevant data to the stakeholders under a stipulated schedule
• Measuring if the system’s performance as well as its effectiveness is in place.
Understanding the Concept
While we see many interpretations, is it an issue of confusion? Not at all. If we take a closer look at both the definitions, we can see that Governance, Risk, and Compliance mean exactly the same. The underlying fact that GRC is a set of strategies that an organization executes in order to protect its business form both internal and external threats. Data protection can be viewed as one of the components of GRC framework because GRC includes the regulation of data protection in the interest of an organization.
If we take a look at the second definition, we can find that OCEG has kept in mind the core principles of a GRC framework and has defined a newer concept that includes all the aspects that are supposed to be covered in an ideal GRC framework. Moving further, if we consider the services provided by a GDPR consultant, we can say that all the services that he provides are congruent to the value of the company and the amount of risk it faces, thus, proving bullet point number three mentioned above as the new definition of Governance, Risk, and Compliance.
A befitting analogy of this research being, if a business is looking for GRC consultancy services, it should pick an agency that can provide such services that are correlated to its values, risk, and GDPR needs if necessary. Assured GRC can be your topmost choice in this respect as we provide our clients with services that are both transparent to our clients and are easy and effective to perform. Call us at +44 (0)203 4759 932
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