It’s the last GRC Roll-up of the year and it's full of news. Agiliance has just announced the interoperability between its GRC platform and Oracle’s Database 11g, Google tracks websites that have been hacked, we look at e-Discovery predictions for 2011 and a release from BWise. Finally, Intel and McAfee get thumbs up from the US but there could be problems with the EU.

Oracle and Agiliance Integrate

GRC vendor Agiliance has just announced the interoperability of Agiliance RiskVision with Oracle Database 11g. The integration of Oracle (news, site) Database 11g as an underlying database for Agiliance’s RiskVision software allows for monitoring of assets and policies for users.

RiskVision uses Oracle’s built-in security features to offer assurance levels required by government agencies, banking and financial services organizations before deployment.

By introducing RiskVision 5 for Oracle, Agiliance offers two database choices for its GRC platform. Agiliance private and public sector customers already enjoy the benefits of Agiliance’s highly scalable GRC platform.

Agiliance says its RiskVision deployments are currently performing over two billion technical checks daily for customers across thousands of enterprises in both the public and private sector. For enterprises using Oracle Database and looking to implement compliance, risk and threat monitoring, check out the Agiliance platform here. 

Google Tracks Hacked Websites

We just couldn’t leave the GRC year alone without one last shot from Google. In its Webmaster Central blog this week it announced that it has added a new notification to its search results that helps people know when a site may have been hacked.

For years, Google says, they’ve provided notices for malware which also involve a separate warning page.

Now they’re expanding the search results notifications to help people avoid sites that may have been compromised and altered by a third party.

When a user visits a site, Google says it aims to reassure them that the information on that site comes from the original publisher.

Clicking the “This site may be compromised” link brings you to an article in its Help Center which explains more about the notice. Meanwhile, clicking the result itself brings you to the target website, as expected.

For site owners, if you see the notification appearing on your site’s listing, Google says to simply follow the instructions behind the link. It’s a small thing, but a good thing.

BWise Upgrades GRC Platform

Meanwhile, GRC vendor BWise (news, site) has just released the latest version of its Enterprise GRC platform. With its 4.1.2 release, BWise enables customers to better understand and manage their risks, including compliance risk while at the same time run their risk management and compliance processes as normal business processes.

With v 4.1.2, BWise has taken its process based integration to new levels. In designing its new workflow, BWise said it aimed to integrate workflows into other governance, risk and compliance structures.

By following an organization's structure, BWise automatically rolls-up compliance assessments to the highest corporate level -- including policy acknowledgements and compliance statements. The process establishes visibility at the top, based on information from all levels of the organization.

If you want to find out more about this, BWise will be holding a number of seminars on the new product in February.

e-Discovery Trends to Watch For in 2011

In many ways, 2010 set the stage for 2011 in e-discovery trends. In 2010, the enterprise reluctantly accepted that emerging technologies like social media and cloud computing could no longer be ignored. Back in November, we offered up Clearwell’s top 5 predictions for e-Discovery in 2011.

As we near the end of this year, we asked other e-Discovery vendors to tell us what the New Year holds for e-Discovery. Here we look at a number of those trends and how they might impact on e-Discovery in 2011.

Trouble Ahead for McAfee and Intel?

Not strictly in the GRC space, but very definitely in the security space, this week Intel’s US$ 7.68 billion bid for security software maker McAfee has been given the go-ahead by the Federal Trade Commission, only a matter of days after EU regulators expressed concern that there might be competition issues around the deal.

Intel announced its intention to buy McAfee in August. Under Intel’s plans, McAfee (news, site) would continue to be run as an independent company, and would continue selling security software to other partners.

At the time the deal was originally signed, the general consensus was that Intel was not buying McAfee for security threats that exist already -- although that itself is a lucrative market with McAfee generating around US$ 2 billion in revenue in 2009 with over 6000 employees.

The thinking was that this is about buying a stake in the mobile market and, in particular, smartphones, by providing security at chip level for threats that have yet to appear.

Citing a report in the Wall Street Journal and quoting unnamed sources, eWeek reports that European regulators are worried that Intel’s plans to use McAfee technology to build greater security into its chips will unfairly hurt competition from McAfee rivals.

However, with FRC approval, it really only seems like a matter of time before the EU gives it the go-ahead too.