NetSuite Audit and Controls: Managing Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC)

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NetSuite Audit and Controls Managing Governance, Risk, and Compliance GRC

Importance of Audit and Controls in NetSuite for GRC Compliance

Auditing and control mechanisms within NetSuite play a pivotal role in managing governance, risk, and compliance (GRC). These tools facilitate the monitoring and regulation of business operations, helping to prevent fraudulent activities, identify errors, and ensure financial reporting accuracy. This is crucial for organizations to comply with legal and regulatory obligations, as inaccuracies or non-compliance can lead to severe repercussions, including financial penalties and reputational damage. NetSuite’s comprehensive audit trails, role-based access controls, and real-time reporting capabilities offer an effective way to manage GRC compliance, providing businesses with the insights they need to operate in a risk-averse and compliant manner.

Challenges in Governance, Risk and Compliance

While managing GRC is essential for any organization, it can also present numerous challenges. These include the complexity of regulatory requirements, data privacy concerns, and ever-evolving compliance standards. As businesses grow, these challenges become more significant, making it difficult to keep track of all activities and ensure compliance at all levels of the organization.

Another challenge faced by organizations is the lack of visibility and control over their operations. Without effective audit and controls in place, businesses may not have a complete understanding of their financial performance or the ability to identify potential risks and vulnerabilities.

Furthermore, managing GRC can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Traditional manual methods of auditing and monitoring can be labor-intensive and prone to human error, making it challenging for organizations to keep up with compliance demands while managing their day-to-day operations. This is where NetSuite’s audit and control features come into play, providing businesses with a streamlined and cost-effective solution for managing GRC.

NetSuite Governance, Risk and Compliance Features

    • Automate Controls

With robust search and reporting capabilities, you can easily customize and automate the Suite using workflows, SuiteScripts, saved search alerts, and custom fields. By automating these processes, you can minimize or eliminate time-consuming and error-prone back-end reviews.

    • Audit Trails

This system ensures secure user access and authentication, with easy management and auditing. Robust audit trails enable finance leaders and auditors to investigate security and financial statement impact quickly and efficiently. Role-based security, user access management, and authentication models are comprehensible, well-managed, and auditable.

    • Third-Party Audit Reports

Ensure risk and control requirements are met and financial statements are accurate with the help of NetSuite’s partners. Streamline control processes while confidently addressing security, segregation of duties, and configuration changes. NetSuite offers a robust compliance foundation with various reports and certificates, such as SOC 1, SOC 2, ISO 27001, ISO 27018, PCI-DSS, PA-DSS, TX-RAMP, EU Cloud CoC, and more.

    • Security Monitoring

Unauthorized data center entry is prevented, and any unauthorized connection attempts are logged and thoroughly investigated. The utilization of enterprise-grade antivirus software provides proactive protection against potential malware threats.

    • Audit and Compliance Reporting

NetSuite supports audit file formats for SAF-T (all OECD countries), GDPdU (Germany), IAF for Singapore, and more. With NetSuite, you have an always-on audit trail, built-in analytics, access logs, and workflow management. The ability to drill down from summary reports to transaction details provides transparency for ongoing compliance with local statutory and regulatory requirements.

    • Securing Master Data

NetSuite offers master data security features such as:

      • Field-level security
      • Groups and audiences
      • IP address restrictions
      • Multifactor authentication
      • Roles, permissions, and restrictions
      • Scripts and workflows

Be Confident in Meeting GRC Obligations with NetSuite

NetSuite’s audit and control features offer an effective solution for managing GRC compliance. With real-time reporting, automated controls, and robust audit trails, businesses can confidently meet their regulatory obligations while focusing on growth and innovation. By providing a centralized platform for managing governance, risk, and compliance, NetSuite simplifies the process of ensuring business operations are secure, compliant, and risk-free. With NetSuite, organizations can have peace of mind knowing that they have a reliable partner in managing GRC compliance.  So, businesses can focus on their core competencies while meeting critical GRC requirements efficiently.

Learn more about how NetSuite Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) can help your organization manage GRC compliance.

Serge is a Managing Partner and the head of sales and business development.

Published on: December 6, 2023