What is GRC?

GRC is an acronym for governance, risk and compliance.

Governance versus Risk versus Compliance Definition Key aspects 
GovernanceSenior executives direct and control the entire organisation.
  •  Ethics program
  • Training
  • Change management
RiskProcess of identifying, analysing and managing anything which may impact the organisations ability to meet objectives.


Understanding the true scope, nature and impact of risks is one of the greatest challenges businesses face. Consolidating, monitoring and analysing vast amounts of risk data from a range of internal and external sources that often falls short.

  • Threats
  • Weaknesses
  • Opportunities
  • Strengths
  • Vulnerabilities
ComplianceConforming with stated requirements, achieved through management processes which identify the applicable requirements.
  • Laws
  • Regulations
  • Contracts
  • Strategies
  • Policies


The GRC ideal

At its best, good governance, risk and compliance management enables your business to accelerate change, enhance its reputation and improve the bottom line.

Your business knows its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Leadership are engaged and promote a culture of excellence. Processes are effective and employees work to those processes.

The governance, risk and compliance management system is the most important competitive weapon. GRC is a profit-centre which is routinely monitored for improvement.

The GRC reality

However, “governance, risk and compliance” is often synonymous with cost. It is associated with having an excessive focus on internal capability and overly bureaucratic processes.

GRC is often the role of an individual or one team. It’s called upon only when there is a disaster or incident.


How Qualsys helps you achieve an ideal GRC management system

Qualsys provides governance, risk and compliance management software which helps you:

  • Build a culture of good GRC
  • Assign roles and responsibilities
  • Free end-users and a user-friendly interface makes GRC very scalable
  • Gain greater transparency and traceability
  • Manage and control change
  • Monitor the costs of poor quality, identify trends and use this to drive your business
  • Demonstrate robust processes to auditors

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