OpenQ SafeGuard™ wins Government Risk and Compliance (GRC) Technology Innovation Award from Industry Analyst Firm GRC 20/20

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Michael Rasmussen of GRC 20/20 recognizes OpenQ’s SafeGuard™ for “addressing risk of social technologies in regulated industries that have held [them] back from using social technology because of GRC concerns.”

OpenQ’s SafeGuard™ is addressing the risk of social technologies in regulated industries that have held back from using social technology because of GRC concerns.

OpenQ, Inc. (, the leading provider of social and mobile compliance solutions for regulated industries, announced today that their SafeGuard, patent-pending technology received an industry analyst award for technology innovation (, specifically for managing risk in social networks. Regulated industries, such as Life Sciences and Financial Services, are unable to fully collaborate using the latest social media platforms with their customers due to stringent legal and regulatory requirements. OpenQ’s products enable compliant collaboration with influencers and thought leaders via social and mobile technologies to drive growth and performance.

OpenQ’s SafeGuard is described by Mr. Rasmussen as follows: “OpenQ’s SafeGuard™ is addressing the risk of social technologies in regulated industries that have held back from using social technology because of GRC concerns. SafeGuard can be used with any social platform and is currently integrated into more than a dozen platforms. It monitors risk from interactions over social networking platforms for regulated-industries to enforce corporate policy and regulatory compliance. SafeGuard collects and analyzes data, identifying levels of risk and enabling personnel to address any issues with its workflow-driven remediation capabilities. The product analyzes the internal social data streams and external social media applications to identify, quarantine and enable management of risk. There are similar products on the market that use keyword searches. However, SafeGuard’s social compliance technology uses a policy/signature driven approach, similar to that of antivirus software, which can adapt to industry and company needs. It is the first and only product for policy-driven social compliance in the health, life science, and financial services ecosystems.”

The 2013 GRC Technology Innovation Award process was filled with competition. The number of submissions more than doubled over 2012. Criterion for the award was based on the following according to the GRC 20/20 website:

  •     Delivering a GRC marketplace for the exchange of ideas, content, and apps
  •     Socializing GRC and risk management by utilizing social technologies to facilitate risk collaboration/gamification across the business and engage everyone in GRC and risk management
  •     GRC architecture and integration – it is not about one GRC vendor that can do everything. GRC requires the integration of different types of applications and content to make it work. This requires that we understand the business, understand how the business operates, and take an enterprise architecture approach to GRC.
  •     Engaging the employee, at the end of the day GRC is part of everyone’s job description. Forward thinking companies are looking for the user experience and how to get employees more involved and providing elegant interfaces that employees enjoy working with.

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“We are very honored to be recognized with such an elite group of technology innovators and as the only awardee with a focus on social GRC,” said OpenQ’s President, Jim Zuffoletti. “GRC 20/20’s Michael Rasmussen knows the GRC technology space better than anyone, so his recognition really means that SafeGuard is a stand-out product that can product a company while enabling them to 'Go Social.'”

“SafeGuard is the only social media compliance solution that monitors posted information in real-time using a robust, patent-pending analysis engine to identify risk immediately for remediation or quarantine,” said Otavio Freire, OpenQ’s Chief Technology Officer.

About GRC 20/20 Research
20/20 vision is perfect vision. Clarity in sight so you are able to process what is in the world around you so you can react accordingly.
Clarity of Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance.

GRC 20/20 Research provides independent and objective research and analysis on the topics related to Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC).
Our analysts bring real-world expertise, independence, creativity, and objectivity to help organizations understand and apply strategies and technology to meet their GRC challenges. Whether it is focused on a specific issue or an enterprise-wide GRC strategy, clients seek GRC 20/20 analyst advice in achieving sustainable and pragmatic innovation. GRC 20/20 advises the entire ecosystem of GRC solution buyers, solution providers, and vendor clients. We serve the needs of organizations who seek insight, guidance and advice in dealing with a dizzying array of disruptive business models and technologies.

About OpenQ:
OpenQ enables social and mobile collaboration to create competitive advantage while overcoming regulatory compliance challenges and legal risk exposure. OpenQ is a cloud-based technology and validated-data provider with the largest suite of solutions for regulated industries. Our products help life sciences, health care, and financial services organizations recognize the value of customer collaboration while remaining secure. The company offers award-winning, efficient and effective solutions for social compliance, compliant content management and key stakeholder engagement.

Based in Charlottesville, VA and New York City; OpenQ has a growing client list that spans the globe, including Global Fortune 500 companies, healthcare organizations and early stage biotech companies.

OpenQ invests heavily in product development, adapting to meet the changing needs of our customers with an evolutionary, continuous improvement approach. Our modular solutions work as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) and are available on a variety of platforms.
To learn more about OpenQ’s offerings, visit Follow us on Twitter @OpenQinc, or on LinkedIn and Facebook.


GRC 20/20 Research LLC:
Michael Rasmussen, J.D., GRCP, OCEG Fellow, Chief GRC Pundit
@ GRC 20/20 Research, LLC
+1.888.365.4560 (o)

OpenQ, Inc.
Tracy England, Vice President Marketing

To learn more about OpenQ’s offerings, visit

OpenQ Inc.
410A E. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434.207.4265
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