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Sword GRC: A Well-known Name in the Arena of Risk Management

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“We’re changing the way organizations look at risk management! Industry-leading organizations, top-tier consulting firms, and growth-oriented business leaders have begun to acknowledge an alternative perspective on ERM.”

A prestigious business leader and the Vice-Chairman of IBM, Gary Cohn has well asserted, “If you don’t invest in risk management, it doesn’t matter what business you are in, it’s a risky one.” Risk management is something every business leader in the current market has to focus on. Undoubtedly, technology and new-age platforms are helping every business domain attain the desired goals, but it has also opened the door to cyber threats for them. Hence, it automatically becomes essential to invest in a good risk management platform that possesses the capability of shooting such troubles for the business leaders.

The GRC team has been a great appreciator of all those business leaders who put their utmost efforts and expertise to take a business firm from scratch to the heights of success. And here again, we are back with another tale of inspiration and zeal, Sword GRC. It is one of the leading Risk Management solution providers in the world that possess a brand value in the arena. Our editorial team had an interesting and joyful session with the leadership panel of the company. the visionary leaders shared numerous unknown facts about the company and their overall entrepreneurial journey so far. They also spilled the secret sauce of establishing a business and making its growth and development-oriented. We truly hope and desire that this fascinating read will inspire our global readers, especially the young minds. We will be more than happy if this read would be successful in encouraging a brain to break its barriers and chase its dreams.

Expressing the business portfolio in his own words, the CEO of the company, Nick Scully asserts, “We’re changing the way organizations look at risk management! Industry-leading organizations, top-tier consulting firms, and growth-oriented business leaders have begun to acknowledge an alternative perspective on ERM. We believe that when done properly, Enterprise Risk Management drives strategic value, competitive advantage, and business growth.”


  • 1987

STG launches Active Risk Manager (ARM) – the world’s first web-based Enterprise Risk Management software.

  • 2001

STG opens US headquarters in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area.

  • 2004

STG becomes listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, ticker symbol STR.

  • 2005

STG acquires Line International and RisGen and incorporates their functionality into ARM.

  • 2005

STG is awarded Microsoft Gold Business Partner status.

  • 2008

STG expands into new EMEA headquarters in Maidenhead, West of London.

  • 2008

STG divest its non-risk-related consulting business to focus on Enterprise Risk Management software and services.

  • 2008

ARM is called having the best value proposition for ERM by Forrester.

  • 2009

STG launches ARM 4 and Collaborative Workshop Solution, which captures risks and opportunities at the source and integrates with ARM.

Customers using Active Risk Manager become nominated for over 20 international awards in risk management.

  • 2010

STG is featured in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Risk Management.

  • 2010

Active Risk Manager (ARM) wins “Risk Management Application of the Year” at the Risk Management Awards.

  • 2010

STG changed the name to Active Risk.

  • 2011

Active Risk opens a new office in Sydney, Australia.

  • 2012

Active Risk acquire by Sword Group and become Sword Active Risk.

  • 2013

Sword Active Risk receives GRC innovation Award for ARM RiskExpress.

  • 2015

Active Risk Manager becomes available on G-Cloud.

  • 2016

Sword Active Risk launch ‘SNAPPit’ – the native mobile incident capture app.

  • 2017

Active Risk Manager wins ‘Risk Product of the Year’ at StrategicRisk Asia-Pacific Management Awards.

  • 2018

Sword GRC acquires Magique Galileo.

  • 2019

Renamed Sword GRC.

APAC CIO Outlook Award – Top 10 Compliance Providers 2019.

  • 2019

Sword GRC launches Active Risk Manager 2020.

  • 2020

CIO Magazine Award – Enterprise Risk Management Companies To Watch 2021.

  • 2021

Quadrant recognizes Sword GRC as a technology leader in the GRC Quadrant.

  • 2021

MyTech Magazine – Top 10 Risk Management Solution Providers 2021.

  • 2021

Sword GRC wins Rising Star Award from Chartis Research.

  • 2021

Sword GRC named ‘Most Outstanding GRC Management Software Provider 2022 – the UK’ by Corporate Vision Magazine.



Nick joined Sword GRC in 2012 and has overall responsibility for all operational activities. Nick has over 25 years of industry experience having worked in senior roles at such companies as Computer Associates, SAP, and Lawson Software. He has a BA in History from the University of Wales.


Matt is the Chief Technology Officer at Sword GRC and drives the technical strategy and implementation of the product. Matt joined the company in 2007 after completing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Warwick. His career began in consultancy before moving to the ARM team where he now heads up the product development department.


Becky is the Chief Financial Officer at Sword GRC and is responsible for finance, HR, and facilities across the Group. She has been with the company since 2015 and is a Chartered Management Accountant and has a degree in Accounting & Finance.