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The Future of Governance, Risk, and Compliance: Anove’s Vision for 2024 and Beyond

To adapt to the challenges on 2024, a radical change of mindset is necessary.
Yuri Bobbert
Co-founder
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In the ever-evolving business and technology landscape, the Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) profession faces unprecedented challenges and opportunities. As organizations grapple with regulatory pressures, cybersecurity threats, and supply chain risks, it is clear that a significant shift in approach is needed. This article presents a visionary perspective on the GRC profession for the next 3-5 years, highlighting important trends and developments.

1. Embracing Compliance and Risk Management Transformation

One of the most pressing issues organisations confront today is navigating regulatory compliance and mitigating cybersecurity and supply chain risks simultaneously. Traditional approaches are no longer sufficient, and we foresee a radical shift in how companies approach these challenges. Companies must report more frequently on their compliance with regulations and their management of risks. This shift in approach is detailed in our recent blog, "How to Reduce the Burden," where we emphasise the importance of leveraging smarter approaches like "test once and comply many" to reduce the workload while ensuring compliance with global regulatory framewaorks.

2. Harnessing AI and Automation for Efficiency

Organisations must leverage advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation to manage compliance and risk effectively. By utilising AI, security professionals can build upon their work over the years, while automation can parse operational data into GRC tools, enabling real-time monitoring of security and risk processes. This approach not only reduces manual efforts but also enhances the accuracy and effectiveness of risk management.

3. Shifting from Activity-Oriented to Outcome-Oriented

A fundamental change in mindset is necessary to adapt to the challenges of 2024 and beyond. We advocate for a shift from activity-oriented work to outcome-oriented work, to avoid the IKEA effect. This transformation requires a new leadership archetype focusing on the entire value chain. By adopting a value chain-oriented design and implementation approach, organisations can generate fact-based "In-Compliance statements" akin to those seen in the financial industry after introducing accounting rules.

4. Ownership of Digital Risks

The ownership of digital risks is another critical aspect of GRC in the coming years. We contend that digital risks should no longer be solely determined by risk and security departments but should be owned by the business itself. Simplicity and ease of use are essential for enhancing end-user interaction. By decentralising control and risk ownership, CISOs can prioritise strategic decision-making over micromanagement, fostering a more agile and responsive security environment and focusing on inspiring and hiring the right talent for future trends.

5. The Rise of Virtual CISOs

In line with this paradigm shift, we introduce the concept of Virtual Chief Information Security Officers (vCISOs). Challenging the traditional notion that every organisation needs a dedicated CISO, Virtual CISOs offer a cost-effective and pragmatic approach to cybersecurity leadership. This transformation will significantly alter the roles of CISOs, risk officers, and compliance officers, aligning them with the changing landscape of digital risks.

Anove’s approach towards these five developments

At Anove, we are committed to staying ahead of these shifts in the GRC landscape. We embrace advanced functions and automation, particularly in feed import, to support efficient data flow and governance. Our integration of AI into the GRC framework is a game-changer, streamlining workloads, enhancing operational efficiency, and ensuring the visibility and effectiveness of cybersecurity measures. As we move into 2024, Anove is at the forefront of GRC innovation, integrating; risk quantification, ZeroTrust “protect surfaces” for privacy regulations and policy enforcement precision. We are dedicated to elevating the decision-making process in cybersecurity investments, providing tools that offer a comprehensive view of risk and return, ultimately maximising the impact of investments and ensuring a higher Return on Security Investments (ROSI).

In conclusion, the future of GRC demands a proactive approach that combines innovation, automation, and a fundamental shift in mindset. Anove stands ready to be a strategic ally in this ongoing battle for Digital Assurance, promising a future where governance, risk, and compliance are managed with precision and foresight, ensuring the security and success of organisations in the digital age.

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