Organizations rely on hundreds of third party vendors every day to provide strategic services. Due to this increased reliance on outsourcing, the need to automatically and continuously monitor and manage vendors is not an option—it’s a business imperative.
As the frequency and severity of third party data breaches continue to escalate, your organization must remain vigilant so it can effectively protect its network and data from cyberattacks. A 2021 study found that 60% of IT and cybersecurity decision-makers suffered a cybersecurity incident in the past two years due to a third party vendor with stolen access privileges.
Safeguarding your organization from operational, reputational, and financial risk starts before vendors are onboarded, and it never stops. Continuously monitoring your relationships and ensuring their ongoing eligibility protects the interests of both your organization and the customers you serve.
This is especially true in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, finance, or utilities, where analyzing vendor performance at every stage of the supply chain should not be left to chance. Anything can happen after you sign a contract with a business associate —from a global pandemic changing your security requirements, to a critical vendor being listed on federal or state sanction lists.
How do you make sure all vendors remain in good standing and that those with signed contracts meet your security standards? How to achieve full visibility into the security postures of all your third party relationships?
It all starts with building and prioritizing your vendor portfolio, which allows you to focus on the most critical relationships. New vendors go through a risk assessment, where you ask custom questions or request industry certifications and assurances to assess their security posture. After that, you monitor their security performance against different standards and constantly reassess that they meet your requirements.
Far from being a stressful or time consuming initiative, third party risk management (TPRM) can be easy and scalable given the right toolset. Automation plays a key role in monitoring, auditing, and reporting vendor risk in compliance with government regulations.
Here are seven third party vendor security assessment tips:
Real-time vendor risk assessments are vital for your organization. Start today by putting together a third party risk management (TPRM) program that includes good governance practices and proven technology.
Building a vendor risk management program, or scaling one to be more effective? Read this before you get started.
It compiles the five biggest tips for scaling your program, from mapping to continuous monitoring and analysis, that will save your organization time and resources.
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