There has been a strong post-pandemic push toward the adoption of cloud-based technology, according to a study by Galvanize, an SaaS governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) software provider.

The survey of GRC professionals revealed the critical value they bring to the C-suite, as well as the top concerns from, and the evolving role of, GRC professionals.

The report, which assessed the views of GRC professionals and non-GRC professionals in related fields, found that nearly half of GRC professionals (45%) are still using Microsoft Office tools to manage critical programs and documents.

However, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel: although only 30% of GRC professionals currently use cloud-based technology, 41% of survey respondents say they are planning to adopt it.

53% of GRC professionals say that, while their organizations now perceive them as being more valuable, the volume and scope of their workload has drastically increased, and resources continue to shrink.

GRC software protects against increased workloads – only 39% of users reported an increased workload, which is far less than those who rely on Microsoft (61%) or on multiple point solutions (89%).

63% of GRC professionals who use integrated technology have complete visibility into the risks faced by their organisations and how those risks tie back to their work; that’s twice as many as those who use Microsoft Office.

Dan Zitting, CEO of Galvanize, said: “Much like we saw in the Roaring ‘20s of 100 years ago, the biggest post-pandemic concern is a return to the new normal.

“The fastest route is through technology – especially for the GRC industry. The data shows indisputable benefits: more visibility into risk, decreased workload, and more efficiencies. It’s promising to see the strides GRC practitioners are taking to implement cloud-based technology so they can maintain their position as strategic advisors to their organizations.”

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