What “Holistic GRC” Actually Means and Why it Matters

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Dustin is a seasoned, repeat guest on the GRC & Me podcast, and for good reason. He breaks down GRC topics and tells it like it is. According to Dustin, a holistic GRC program requires inputs from different parts of a cybersecurity program. It has to have the ability “to connect the dots across those disparate data points, bring them all together, and aggregate them.”

Above all, Dustin mentioned that a holistic GRC program must be flexible; it should “adapt and change as the organization and the different dynamics change.” A flexible program can help businesses grow and stay up-to-date as requirements inevitably change.

Successful holistic GRC programs connect data points and help teams to work together. It should break down organizational silos and automate tasks and responsibilities, making it easier for organizations to do more with less.

What Makes a GRC Platform Holistic?

According to Dustin, a platform has to be flexible and adaptable. Many organizations have failed at GRC because technology constraints have forced them into siloed visibility models.

So what makes a platform truly holistic? A holistic GRC platform can adapt to the organization’s requirements rather than the other way around. While there are platforms out there that allow for some flexibility, they also require extensive programming or development to make them adaptable. Companies need a platform that can adapt on the fly without needing developers to get involved and make updates. The reality is that the threat landscape is changing on a daily basis and you need a platform that can keep up.

Additionally, a holistic GRC platform must also help you leverage all of the interconnected data points in your risk program. For example, to do things like risk quantification, you need to have access to the key threats your organization is facing. How do those threats relate to vulnerabilities in your org? And how do they relate to critical assets? In order to create “holistic visibility instead of siloed visibility” you need to have that information centralized and accessible in one place. 

It’s time-consuming having to track down information spread out across multiple platforms

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