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Leveraging Knowledge Graphs to Fortify GRC



The business world is fast changing, and the risk landscape in which organizations operate mirrors this ever-evolving dynamism. Given that challenges have grown significantly, businesses must have comprehensive know-how on effectively handling governance, risk, and compliance (GRC).

The unpredictable geopolitical landscape, vulnerable markets, and economic uncertainties intensify cybersecurity threats, and operational risks, introduce rapidly changing regulatory needs, and emphasize the importance of prioritizing solid risk and compliance management processes. PwC’s Global Risk Survey of Risk and Compliance executives in India echoes this view. As many as 79% of respondents to the survey said keeping up with digital and other transformations is a significant risk management challenge.

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In this background, a pressing requirement is cohesive processes and robust technologies for organizations to enhance their GRC effectiveness to empower leaders to make decisions based on risk insights and intelligence.

One such key solution is knowledge graphs which emerge as a cutting-edge technology that can highlight the complex connections among several data points, entities, and stakeholders. These comprehensive and structured data sets encompass individuals, locations, items, occurrences, and abstract ideas, providing a bird’s eye view of the knowledge ecosystem within an organization.

However, before we dive deep into knowledge graphs and their role in improving risk visibility, we must first examine the interconnectedness of risks and the network of risk relationships.

Challenges in Discovering the Risk Landscape

Risks are never isolated; they always interconnect often at various junctures. For instance, look at the geopolitical risk that organizations view as a top risk globally by organizations. Continuous power struggles among countries invariably lead to supply chain interruptions, an increased threat of state-backed cyber assaults, shifts in government rules and regulations, and more.

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Similarly, cyberattacks give rise to operational, financial, reputational, and various other risks. This interplay of risks forms a complex, intricate network of risk interdependencies. If these risks are not consolidated, they will continue to develop within their isolated domains, eventually leading to an industry-wide collapse. Risk managers must evaluate the organization’s risk position by scrutinizing risk implications across all interconnected categories, including operational, strategic, systemic, regulatory, technology, security, and third-party.

The conventional approach to risk management, relying on isolated processes, falls short of delivering a comprehensive view of risks and their relationships. Having a check on the interdependencies is a must for a holistic risk management program.

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A forward-looking GRC strategy should be anchored in integration and connectivity. This resilience-oriented GRC approach will enhance preparedness against future risks when coupled with automated workflows.

Now, let us look at how platforms like knowledge graphs can redefine the GRC landscape, especially when handling an interconnected risks web that is dominant today.

Knowledge Graph and its Uses

Knowledge graphs are powerful tools for enhancing risk management procedures in GRC. They streamline the processes of recognizing, evaluating, communicating, and handling risks, enabling organizations to establish a resilient GRC program accomplished through the below means.

Recognizing and Evaluating Risks: Knowledge graphs enhance an organization’s capabilities to identify and evaluate risks. In the case of detecting potential risks for a particular supplier, it analyzes the supplier’s network of associations. This could include customers, competitors, and regulatory entities. It can then help organizations locate risks like supply chain interruptions, compliance complications, or even matters related to brand reputation.

Clear Risk Communication: Proper risk communication is critical in the decision-making process. Knowledge graphs enable organizations to present complex risk profiles to stakeholders clearly and concisely. Visual depictions of these graphs show the relationships between various risk elements, fostering understanding among technical and non-technical stakeholders alike.

Risk and Control Monitoring: Knowledge graphs help manage risk promptly recognize emerging risks and implement effective controls. It is like a dynamic display board of knowledge that monitors the evolving risk scenario, issuing preemptive notifications upon detecting irregularities or potential hazards. This proactive approach equips organizations to handle risk management better.

Streamlining GRC through Automation: Knowledge graphs are pivotal in simplifying GRC processes, including risk evaluation and compliance reporting. By automating these processes, GRC teams can spend their free time on strategic tasks, reducing manual workloads.

Real-World Applications of Knowledge Graphs

While knowledge graphs help obtain significant insights and operational efficiency in GRC, knowing their roles in the real world is essential. For instance, a knowledge graph can be a seminal tool in evaluating customer risks in a financial institution. By aggregating detailed data on financial transactions, customer relationships, and connections with other entities like banks, it can identify money laundering, fraud, or credit-related risks. It can also offer actionable insights, facilitating personalized risk mitigation strategies and improved customer due diligence.

Likewise, in the healthcare domain, where precision is paramount, organizations can use knowledge graphs to oversee risks linked to clinical trials. It can compile information on trials, patient participation, progress, and medical research outcomes. Organizations can improve patient safety, stick to regulatory requirements, and enhance drug development processes by finding links within extensive datasets.

For government agencies, leveraging a knowledge graph can help automate the often labor-intensive and error-prone compliance reporting process. By merging data related to regulations, legislative changes, and agency activities, the knowledge graph can generate compliance reports for relevant stakeholders. Additionally, it can enable real-time monitoring of regulatory alterations, which can help adjust policies and procedures if required.

A precision tool in the GRC arsenal

Knowledge graphs are powerful tools that provide valuable insights and enhance efficiency in GRC management across various industries. As technology evolves, it promises to further revolutionize risk management practices with greater efficiency and agility to navigate the complex GRC landscape. Organizations looking to improve GRC management practices should consider the versatility and transformative potential of sophisticated tools like knowledge graphs.


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Shankar Bhaskaran
Shankar Bhaskaran
Shankar Bhaskaran, Managing Director Of MetricStream India.

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