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 Comprehensive approach to assessing and overseeing risk and compliance across an organization


Current Threat: Archer Technologies’ enterprise risk and compliance management (ERCM) solution is a comprehensive approach to assessing and overseeing risk and compliance across an organization. For highly regulated companies grappling with complex regulations, industry standards, and internal policies and controls, risk and compliance efforts are often fragmented into organizational silos. This can result in process redundancies, data inconsistencies and incomplete reporting that doesn’t provide the knowledge needed to devise objectives and policies. Without global visibility into acceptable levels of risk and the relationship of risk to assets, policies and compliance, IT governance is virtually impossible.

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Tomorrow's Technology Today - Compliance

Tomorrow's Technology Today: Archer Technologies provides seven core solutions that are fully integrated and designed to facilitate the automation and administration of enterprise risk and compliance management processes. While each of these solutions can be deployed independently to address specific business requirements, implementing them together forms a powerful, cohesive system.  Archer solutions address seven core processes involved with enterprise risk and compliance management:

  • Policy Management
  • Threat Management
  • Asset Management
  • Risk Management
  • Incident Management
  • Vendor Management
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Management

Archer empowers organizations to automate and manage these processes through a set of comprehensive, integrated solutions. Out of the box, these solutions enable clients to take a best-practice approach to ERCM based on standards such as ISO/IEC 17799:2005, COSO and FFIEC. Through the Archer ERCM solution set, organizations gain a central repository of risk and compliance management functions, such as policies, control documentation, assessments, risk findings and actionable, ad-hoc reporting.

But Archer recognizes that one size doesn’t fit all. Organizations have unique processes for risk and compliance management, and retrofitting processes to a rigid solution structure is not a viable option. To address the needs for customization, Archer, a Microsoft Gold Partner, delivers out-of-the-box solutions built on the BITS-certified Archer SmartSuite Framework that can be easily tailored to meet specific risk and compliance requirements. Business users with no prior knowledge of database systems or programming languages can simply point and click to tailor Archer solutions or to automate additional processes for information storage and sharing.

The end result of employing the Archer ERCM solution set to manage and automate risk and compliance processes is a foundation for total IT governance. Archer solutions provide flexible, powerful tools for managing content, streamlining workflow, monitoring controls, and measuring and reporting compliance. Through Archer, an organization’s governance board and executive team gain a global view of their risk and compliance landscape and can make informed decisions to ensure that the organization is staying within the boundaries of regulations and controls.

Tailoring Archer Solutions
The Archer SmartSuite Framework is the core of Archer’s market-leading solutions, including Policy, Threat, Asset, Risk, Incident, Vendor and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Management. Solution customization can be accomplished via Archer’s easy-to-use web interface and does not require a programmer or technical resource. The Archer SmartSuite Framework provides wizards and intuitive administrative pages that enable clients to model and automate their unique business processes.

Creating New Solutions
The types of applications clients can build with the Archer SmartSuite Framework are limited only by their imagination. Any manual business process that involves storing, managing and maintaining information can be automated through this flexible Framework, including:

  • PCI self-assessments
  • Internal employee surveys
  • Physical security incident tracking
  • Data classification management
  • Firewall change request tracking
  • Project management
  • Task management
  • Issue tracking
  • Trouble ticketing systems
  • Test plan management
  • Document repositories
  • And much more

The end result of employing the comprehensive Archer ERCM solution set to manage and automate risk and compliance processes is a foundation for total IT governance.

Conclusion: Through Archer, an organization can gain a global view of their risk and compliance landscape by utilizing a dashboard with high-level overviews and the capabilities to drill-down for more in depth analyses and to make informed decisions that ensure the organization is staying within regulation and control boundaries.

Archer Technologies
13200 Metcalf , Suite 300
Overland Park, KS 66213 USA
Tel: 1-913-851-9137