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Why the Security of Your Vendor’s Entire Enterprise Matters

Posted by Kelly White on May 15, 2018 11:34:14 AM

 

By Kelly White | May 14, 2018  

Reliably protecting systems and data over time requires the disciplined execution of a robust security program that spans an entire enterprise. As a former CISO and now advisor to third-party risk management teams, I’ve seen some vendors take the contrary position, arguing that customers need only be concerned with security of the systems that host their data.  

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Topics: Vendor Risk Management, Vendor Security, 3PRM

What is the True Cost of Administering Your Vendor Security Questionnaire?

Posted by Kelly White on May 8, 2018 7:04:45 PM

 

By Kelly White | May 8, 2018

The more questions you ask in your third party assessments, the higher the cost. But how much does an extra question really cost? And what is its value?

In late 2017, we at RiskRecon explored this issue as part of a detailed study in which we analyzed the third-party cyber risk management practices of thirty firms. Let’s walk through a few of the study data points that led us to the answer.

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Topics: Scalability, Vendor Risk Management, Vendor Security

Public Customer Vendor References – Good Partnership but Risky Business

Posted by Kelly White on May 3, 2018 9:38:32 PM

 

By Kelly White, Founder and CEO, RiskRecon

A public testimonial from a satisfied customer is marketing gold for most any business. Who isn’t proud to display the logos of respected brands on your customer list, or to publish case studies about the great work you did for them? When I was a CISO of a top-30 financial institution, vendors frequently offered us financial incentives for permission to leverage our brand. There’s also a human element – people like helping other people. In the digital age where a negative customer experience can spread like wildfire through social channels, positive testaments are more important than ever.  

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Topics: Vendor Risk Management, Vendor Security

When the media wrongly implicates you in a third-party data breach

Posted by Kelly White on May 1, 2018 6:48:15 PM

Be Prepared: The Media Might Drag you into a Vendor Data Breach Mess Even if Your Data Wasn’t Compromised

Kelly White | May 1, 2018

When your vendor gets breached, you might be dragged into the mess by media even if your data was not compromised. Consider the recent case of [24]7.ai data breach.

On April 4, 2018, online chat application vendor [24]7.ai publicly reported that they had “an incident potentially affecting the online customer payment information of a small number of our client companies…” Shortly afterwards, well-known corporations Delta, Sears, Kmart and Best Buy released statements acknowledging that their customer data was impacted by this breach.

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Topics: Vendor Risk Management, Third Party Risk

You Can’t Outsource Risk - A regulatory guide to third-party cyber security risk management

Posted by Kelly White on Apr 26, 2018 12:44:54 PM

 

 

Kelly White | April 29, 2018

Third parties are integral to the value chain—any given organization can have up to hundreds of vendors, depending on its size. Along with business process, IT bandwidth and application functionality, data also flows through that chain. While you can outsource systems and services, you cannot outsource your risk associated with that data and how it’s managed. Regulators have been consistently and clearly giving that message for years, in writing and in practice.

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Topics: Vendor Risk Management, Whitepaper, Third Party Risk

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