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RSA Named in Leaders Category in Both IT GRC and eGRC Platform Evaluations by Independent Research Firm
Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 01:57:05 PM


Bedford, MA— RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC) today announced that the RSA Archer Governance, Risk and Compliance platform ranked in the Leaders category in two simultaneous Forrester Research, Inc. Waves evaluating IT and eGRC platform vendors for Q4 2011. RSA Archer was the only GRC vendor to be named to both Forrester Waves and awarded the highest rankings for current offering, strategy and market presence in the IT GRC Wave, and the highest ranking for market presence in the eGRC Wave. Not only was the RSA Archer platform named a leader but it is also positioned as having the highest rating for market presence in both reports.

The Forrester Wave is designed to provide insight into a particular market or technology – to keep decision makers well-informed. For The Forrester Wave: IT Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q4 2011, December 1, 2011, Forrester evaluated leading risk and compliance software vendors across 59 criteria and found that the RSA Archer platform scored at the top of the evaluation for content management, risk and control management, and workflow management. Forrester noted in the report that "the strong technical capabilities of the RSA Archer platform and the company's market success set it above the competition," and the RSA Archer platform is "one of the best overall technical platforms we assessed in the IT GRC space. With the Archer platform now under the wings of the RSA brand, the larger set of development resources along with the extended sales and marketing force will enable RSA to remain a leader in the IT GRC market for the foreseeable future."

Reflecting the still substantial gap that exists in most organizations between the IT and enterprise GRC functions, Forrester conducted and published a second evaluation, The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q4 2011, November 30, 2011. Again the RSA Archer platform emerged as a leader based on a strong vision and the ability to evolve quickly and address customers' changing needs. "With solid technical functionality and a satisfied customer base, Archer made the leap into the Leaders category in this year's evaluation. The company's platform is highly configurable with an intuitive and easy-to-navigate interface, and its ability to facilitate customer-led development sets it apart from competitors," the report noted.

"Many companies are looking for tools to manage inter-related risks across the business not only in IT but also finance, operations, and legal domains, said David Walter, Senior Director, GRC Strategy and Solutions at RSA. "Our continued investment and dedication to creating a best-of-breed GRC platform helped to solidify our position in the market. The RSA Archer eGRC platform automates the measurement and visualization of risks across the enterprise to enable an apples-to-apples prioritization and enable a more effective utilization of limited risk mitigation resources. Our strong ecosystem of partners and vast community of users, help us to keep innovating and answer the latest GRC challenges facing our customers."

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST, RSA will host a webinar to discuss the increased need for a converged GRC platform enabling holistic management of risk and compliance across the organization. Joining David Walter in the discussion will be guest Chris McClean, Forrester Senior Analyst and author of the GRC Waves, and a panel of Fortune 500 organizations.

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