Learning from the Audit Trail

Maintaining an accurate audit trail allows for teams to accomplish several things including maintaining individual and vendor accountability, reconstruct previous events, detect intrusions, and perform problem analysis. A thorough audit trails allows team to start asking important questions like:

“Where in the assessment did a vendor communicate warning signs of a potential incident?”

“How could we have known?”

“What is the risk trend of our vendor population? Is it going up? or down?”

Historical performance records are also very useful for transparency. Maintaining an accurate record of system, user and and assessment activity over time will allow for greater transparency between vendors and corporations.

Access System Activity Easily

With ThirdPartyTrust, teams can maintain a record of activity both by system and by user activity. All activity data including, responses to security assessments questions, conversations involving findings and user activity are available for access. To make this simple, we’ve developed an API to access this data. A thorough audit trails also assists in detecting security violations, performance problems, and flaws in the assessments process. 

The tool also tracks active, non-active and total vendors over time at a glance on the dashboard. The metrics can be used to for a better understanding of capacity and planning.

Transparency for Better Planning

Audit trails create transparency into activity and create for an understanding of work that’s being accomplished. One of the goals of ThirdPartyTrust is to simplify the process of vendor risk management, which includes using data for better planning purposes. On the tools dashboard, teams can see a timelapse assessment of added and completed vendors. As well as upcoming reviews by month as marked in each vendors assessment profile.


“Made a monotonous process that no one wanted to do easier and more manageable.”

Information Security, Spencer Stuart

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