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Hub & Spoke: Helping not-for-profits manage GRC

Dr. Heather Buker |

June 14, 2022
Hub & Spoke: Helping not-for-profits manage GRC


The 6clicks Hub & Spoke model provides not-for-profits with a flexible way to run GRC programs across multi-entity networks, departments and use cases. It allows not-for-profits to centralise their risk and compliance functions whilst empowering and providing teams with the autonomy they need to succeed.

Deep Dive Into the Hub & Spoke Model

For a long time, many companies have used tools such as SharePoint or Excel to manage GRC activities. Anyone who has experienced such programs knows precisely how challenging this is. Particularly not-for-profits, due to budgets and resources traditionally being limited.

6clicks allows you to abolish such cumbersome tools and processes, while 6clicks Hub & Spoke is designed to do this at scale!

We have helped hundreds of organisations to digitise their process so they can log on and access all of their entities from one centralised Hub (the Hub in Hub & Spoke).

This provides a single pane of glass to support, manage and track the teams (the Spokes in Hub & Spoke) they have oversight over.

Core risk and compliance members interacting and engaging with various teams across the organisation have role-based access controls. This means that they can only directly see and access the teams they work with. All of this can be set up and managed from the centralised Hub. 

But that is only the beginning. 6clicks Hub & Spoke allows you to determine how centralised your risk and compliance function is. You can define best-practice at the Hub and mandate down to your teams, or provide them with the autonomy to define and set their own.

Standardised audit and assessment templates, control sets, projects and playbooks, and more can be defined and pushed down to connected teams. Users within those teams can also create and use their own if necessary.

Teams can also directly leverage the 6clicks content library, which is packed with standards, laws and regulations, and ready-to-go templates. 

All this ensures a flexible model that can be set up to suit your specific needs. 


Benefits of the Hub & Spoke Model

As impressive as SharePoint is, surfing through a file-sharing tool is pretty clunky when it comes to managing GRC. Leveraging the Hub & Spoke model, where you have all your information on a team-by-team or entity-by-entity basis in one location, makes everything much easier to operate and move through the day-to-day. 
Regardless of size, not-for-profits have a crucial presence in society, coupled with oodles of risk and compliance processes. How do they categorise and maintain data segregation to operate their risk and compliance structure? The mind boggles. But these days, the focus on not-for-profits needing to manage risk and compliance by department or some other bespoke segregation type is paramount.

Use Case Example: Healthcare

Not to pick on healthcare, but it is a massive concern for risk and compliance and a huge target for cyber attackers. So it is an excellent case to illustrate how any industry can benefit.

How do healthcare systems currently manage their risk? Where do they begin? Well, in this day and age, most start with Excel. However, Excel has become an antiquated way of operating and managing a risk program.

With Hub & Spoke, a not-for-profit healthcare provider with multiple entities or divisions, either in various locations or all-in-one, can allocate a 'super administrator' with full view and access management (Hub). Essentially, each entity or division becomes a categorised 'Spoke' within the top view portfolio.

From there, headquarters can gain entry into each Spoke separately and then every single GRC activity within each Spoke.

This is a serious advantage when streamlining, automating and closely (as well as efficiently) managing GRC activities.

Anything from managing risks (threats and vulnerabilities included), mapping and demonstrating compliance, project management, assessing, auditing, controlling issues and incidents, managing assets, implementing and maintaining information security, and much more is within arm's reach. 

Headquarters can go as granular as they want. 

Onboarding is easy. Managing risk is manageable. Being able to have access to relevant content in our library is easy, and we house all that information in one consolidated, integrated, and fully automated platform.

How is the 6clicks Hub & Spoke Model Different?

For the simple reason that, across the board, it does not exist anywhere else. There is no other way to be able to have all the information you need to manage GRC on a team-by-team or entity-by-entity basis. So we love it when not-for-profits see 6clicks Hub & Spoke and say, 'finally, a GRC solution that gets us'.


Some of the biggest things that our not-for-profit customers value

  • We build our product based on what our customers need. We take customer feedback extremely seriously because the only way you can continue to provide value in the marketplace is to listen to the people using your tool. We are not afraid to hear that harsh feedback.

  • Everything we offer is for not-for-profits of all sizes. Smaller organisations can get a lot out of 6clicks because, as we know, it costs too much to have an entry point into digitising their efforts.

  • The 6clicks you see today will not be the 6clicks you know a quarter from now because of that continuous feedback. We love becoming friends with our users and being there for them along their journey.


6clicks Hub & Spoke is perfect for the not-for-profit sector and will not sit on the shelf, nor will it break the bank, as we offer a further 25% discount for not-for-profits.

Developing a holistic view of your not-for-profit organisation's GRC program utilising 6clicks creates immediate value and ROI. Leverage your first-mover advantage with a renewed governance, risk and compliance approach. 

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All we want to do every day is make the world of GRC easier to manage. We can't do that without you, so we hope to hear from you soon!

Dr. Heather Buker

Written by Dr. Heather Buker

Heather has been a technical SME in the cybersecurity field her entire career from developing cybersecurity software to consulting, service delivery, architecting, and product management across most industry verticals. An engineer by trade, Heather specializes in translating business needs and facilitating solutions to complex cyber and GRC use cases with technology. Heather has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering, Masters in Engineering Management, and a Doctorate in Information Technology with a specialization in information assurance and cybersecurity.