IT GRC Toolkit: best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics

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"When I left for work this morning my partner told me how proud she was of me. As our company's associate director for IT GRC I work within the Information Security Office to help with development and management of the GRC Program and manage a team of  Senior IT Risk Analysts who identify, analyze, and are responsible for tracking and monitoring gaps in the IT and Cybersecurity risk management programs. We apply industry, IT GRC, and information security theory to support the GRC program including coordination of specific GRC initiatives. Today I paid it forward and told my staff how proud I am of them."

Save time, empower your teams and effectively upgrade your processes with access to this practical IT GRC Toolkit and guide. Address common challenges with best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics for any IT GRC related project.

Download the Toolkit and in Three Steps you will be guided from idea to implementation results.

The Toolkit contains the following practical and powerful enablers with new and updated IT GRC specific requirements:


STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the IT GRC Self Assessment book in PDF containing 49 requirements to perform a quickscan, get an overview and share with stakeholders.

Organized in a data driven improvement cycle RDMAICS (Recognize, Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control and Sustain), check the…

  • Example pre-filled Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard to get familiar with results generation

Then find your goals...


STEP 2: Set concrete goals, tasks, dates and numbers you can track

Featuring 925 new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of process design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which IT GRC improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the 925 standard requirements:

  1. Is the full extent of a given risk and its priority compared to other risks understood? Failure to address the most important risks first leads to dangerous exposures. Nearly all managers believe that their risks are the most important in the enterprise (or at least they say so) but whose risks really matter most?

  2. Policy compliance is closely related to IT governance. Compliance has much to do with defining, controlling and governing security efforts. How does your organization respond to security events?

  3. Do you know in a fairly precise sense the data used by each application and can you place a value on that data. Is it a database with credit card numbers or is it inventory control software?

  4. Are IT governance integration strategies, tactics and mechanisms in line with the type value drivers and IT governance differentiation employed by your organization (now and in the future)?

  5. Primary alignment - is the initiative key to achieving the theme or objective (i.e.: if the initiative does not go ahead, the theme or objective is at great risk of not being achieved)?

  6. Have the major, foreseeable potential threats (i.e.: anything that hinders governments ability to successfully deliver the project and achieve the project objectives) been identified?

  7. Improve information for decision making (e.g.: provide the ability to report on certain statistics or outcomes that could not previously be reported; perform more in-depth analysis)?

  8. Especially for key partners, a site visit is in order to evaluate how well what the partner says matches what it does for example, how easy is it to gain physical access to servers?

  9. What data from current operations or the markets where you operate do you need, and if you had that data, would it help you do a better job identifying emerging critical risks?

  10. Is the general auditor or chief audit executive regularly asking what should you be doing to demonstrate sufficient control and oversight with respect to information security?


Complete the self assessment, on your own or with a team in a workshop setting. Use the workbook together with the self assessment requirements spreadsheet:

  • The workbook is the latest in-depth complete edition of the IT GRC book in PDF containing 925 requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

Your IT GRC self-assessment dashboard which gives you your dynamically prioritized projects-ready tool and shows your organization exactly what to do next:

  • The Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard; with the IT GRC Self-Assessment and Scorecard you will develop a clear picture of which IT GRC areas need attention, which requirements you should focus on and who will be responsible for them:

    • Shows your organization instant insight in areas for improvement: Auto generates reports, radar chart for maturity assessment, insights per process and participant and bespoke, ready to use, RACI Matrix
    • Gives you a professional Dashboard to guide and perform a thorough IT GRC Self-Assessment
    • Is secure: Ensures offline data protection of your Self-Assessment results
    • Dynamically prioritized projects-ready RACI Matrix shows your organization exactly what to do next:

 

STEP 3: Implement, Track, follow up and revise strategy

The outcomes of STEP 2, the self assessment, are the inputs for STEP 3; Start and manage IT GRC projects with the 62 implementation resources:

  • 62 step-by-step IT GRC Project Management Form Templates covering over 1500 IT GRC project requirements and success criteria:

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Probability and Impact Matrix: What is the best method for analysing the risks for different types of IT GRC projects?

  2. Probability and Impact Assessment: Risk may be made during which step of risk management?

  3. Planning Process Group: Are there efficient coordination mechanisms to avoid overloading the counterparts, participating stakeholders?

  4. Scope Management Plan: Is there general agreement & acceptance of the current status and progress of the IT GRC project?

  5. Scope Management Plan: Are enough systems & user personnel assigned to the IT GRC project?

  6. Procurement Management Plan: Are actuals compared against estimates to analyze and correct variances?

  7. Requirements Management Plan: Who is responsible for quantifying the IT GRC project requirements?

  8. Schedule Management Plan: What tools and techniques will be used to estimate activity resources?

  9. Quality Metrics: Are documents on hand to provide explanations of privacy and confidentiality?

  10. Project Management Plan: Is there an incremental analysis/cost effectiveness analysis of proposed mitigation features based on an approved method and using an accepted model?

 
Step-by-step and complete IT GRC Project Management Forms and Templates including check box criteria and templates.

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

  • 1.1 IT GRC project Charter
  • 1.2 Stakeholder Register
  • 1.3 Stakeholder Analysis Matrix


2.0 Planning Process Group:

  • 2.1 IT GRC project Management Plan
  • 2.2 Scope Management Plan
  • 2.3 Requirements Management Plan
  • 2.4 Requirements Documentation
  • 2.5 Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • 2.6 IT GRC project Scope Statement
  • 2.7 Assumption and Constraint Log
  • 2.8 Work Breakdown Structure
  • 2.9 WBS Dictionary
  • 2.10 Schedule Management Plan
  • 2.11 Activity List
  • 2.12 Activity Attributes
  • 2.13 Milestone List
  • 2.14 Network Diagram
  • 2.15 Activity Resource Requirements
  • 2.16 Resource Breakdown Structure
  • 2.17 Activity Duration Estimates
  • 2.18 Duration Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.19 IT GRC project Schedule
  • 2.20 Cost Management Plan
  • 2.21 Activity Cost Estimates
  • 2.22 Cost Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.23 Cost Baseline
  • 2.24 Quality Management Plan
  • 2.25 Quality Metrics
  • 2.26 Process Improvement Plan
  • 2.27 Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • 2.28 Roles and Responsibilities
  • 2.29 Human Resource Management Plan
  • 2.30 Communications Management Plan
  • 2.31 Risk Management Plan
  • 2.32 Risk Register
  • 2.33 Probability and Impact Assessment
  • 2.34 Probability and Impact Matrix
  • 2.35 Risk Data Sheet
  • 2.36 Procurement Management Plan
  • 2.37 Source Selection Criteria
  • 2.38 Stakeholder Management Plan
  • 2.39 Change Management Plan


3.0 Executing Process Group:

  • 3.1 Team Member Status Report
  • 3.2 Change Request
  • 3.3 Change Log
  • 3.4 Decision Log
  • 3.5 Quality Audit
  • 3.6 Team Directory
  • 3.7 Team Operating Agreement
  • 3.8 Team Performance Assessment
  • 3.9 Team Member Performance Assessment
  • 3.10 Issue Log


4.0 Monitoring and Controlling Process Group:

  • 4.1 IT GRC project Performance Report
  • 4.2 Variance Analysis
  • 4.3 Earned Value Status
  • 4.4 Risk Audit
  • 4.5 Contractor Status Report
  • 4.6 Formal Acceptance


5.0 Closing Process Group:

  • 5.1 Procurement Audit
  • 5.2 Contract Close-Out
  • 5.3 IT GRC project or Phase Close-Out
  • 5.4 Lessons Learned

 

Results

With this Three Step process you will have all the tools you need for any IT GRC project with this in-depth IT GRC Toolkit.

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose IT GRC projects, initiatives, organizations, businesses and processes using accepted diagnostic standards and practices
  • Implement evidence-based best practice strategies aligned with overall goals
  • Integrate recent advances in IT GRC and put process design strategies into practice according to best practice guidelines

Defining, designing, creating, and implementing a process to solve a business challenge or meet a business objective is the most valuable role; In EVERY company, organization and department.

Unless you are talking a one-time, single-use project within a business, there should be a process. Whether that process is managed and implemented by humans, AI, or a combination of the two, it needs to be designed by someone with a complex enough perspective to ask the right questions. Someone capable of asking the right questions and step back and say, 'What are we really trying to accomplish here? And is there a different way to look at it?'

This Toolkit empowers people to do just that - whether their title is entrepreneur, manager, consultant, (Vice-)President, CxO etc... - they are the people who rule the future. They are the person who asks the right questions to make IT GRC investments work better.

This IT GRC All-Inclusive Toolkit enables You to be that person.

 

Includes lifetime updates

Every self assessment comes with Lifetime Updates and Lifetime Free Updated Books. Lifetime Updates is an industry-first feature which allows you to receive verified self assessment updates, ensuring you always have the most accurate information at your fingertips.