At the point when you’re looking at a GRC platform, you’ve moved beyond fragmented, duct-taped solutions. Your GRC solution should have robust functionality when it comes to integrating different sources of information and helping your team execute on work to be done. This integration happens at several different levels. Your solution should enable third-party SaaS integrations so that you can maintain a complete, accurate picture of your assets, including applications, code repositories, vendors, people, databases, devices, and more. Look for a GRC platform that offers an API so that your development team can build your own third-party integrations and monitor them all under one platform. In addition, third-party integrations with project management tools such as JIRA, Slack, and email can simplify workflows by alerting compliance collaborators when there are tasks that need to be completed and enabling them to submit evidence through the tools they already use.
Integrating third-party assets is key, but a successful platform should also integrate internally—linking assets, controls, evidence, policies, risk, evidence, audits, and procedures so that there is a single source of truth within a unified data model. These integrations make cross-mapping across frameworks vastly easier—a single piece of evidence, for example, can link to multiple controls and frameworks and be found exactly where and when it’s needed for an audit.
Finally, rather than wrestling with different software to attain NDAs, provide proof of compliance, or supply requested evidence, your solution should provide you the ability to perform vendor management and trust management easily within a single platform. You should be able to control which people should have access to which documentation. When you’re facing an audit or vendor review, your solution should allow your team to be proactive; everything your auditor needs across modules—from evidence to controls to assets—is linked and ready for review.