Seventh Deadly Sin: Limiting vendor risk management to periodic assessments

Posted by RiskRecon on Nov 1, 2018 2:09:52 PM

 

We’re running a blog post series on the “Seven Deadly Sins of Third-Party Cyber Risk Management;” here’s the last deadly sin, which is limiting vendor risk management to periodic assessments.

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Topics: Vendor Security, 3PRM, Vendor Risk Management

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 Security, 3PRM, Vendor Risk Management

The Playbook for Managing Third-Party Security Risk

Posted by RiskRecon on Mar 21, 2018 12:02:49 PM

Get our All-New Playbook reflecting real life data from executives of 30 companies that offers a window into how organizations are confronting persistent breach risks stemming from third parties.

We are excited to announce the release of our inaugural Third-Party Security Risk Management Playbook. An inside look at how real companies are managing third party cyber risk. To get this important information we have conducted in-depth interviews with security executives from 30 participating organizations across multiple industries. The Playbook reveals how companies are managing the security risks of their complex digital supply chains and sensitive business partnerships.  Our study identified 14 vendor-neutral capability sets comprising 72 common, emerging, and pioneering practices that firms have implemented to manage third-party security risk. As a study of real-world third-party risk management programs, the Playbook is a valuable tool executives can use to benchmark their own programs and gain insight into pioneering practices other firms are adopting.

 

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Topics: Third Party Risk, Vendor Security, 3PRM, Vendor Risk Management, 3rd party risk management, risk transparency, risk exposures, risk measurements, Whitepaper

Why Third-Party Security Risk Matters

Posted by RiskRecon on Mar 8, 2018 3:10:08 PM

Big Impact
Enterprises entrust the protection of their crown jewels—their customer data, their reputation, their finances, and their business availability—with third parties. Are they trustworthy? Why? Why not? What should be done about it? These questions are yours to answer and execute on. A breach of your third-party is a breach of your enterprise.

Big Challenges
Third-party risk management is hard. It requires deep transparency, strong accountability, and effective collaboration. Third-party risk has to achieve this position with hundreds and even thousands of organizations while being an outsider to every organization. Additionally, third-party risk has to solve this with limited personnel and resources. This need—to achieve really good risk outcomes from the outside with limited resources —will result in dramatic risk management innovation, key of which will be development of machine learning and artificial intelligence-based risk assessment capabilities. These inventions will occur within the context of third-party risk management and be adopted by enterprises for internal risk management. Necessity is the mother of invention, and the necessity is pressing in a big way.

The Greater Good
Third-party risk management is a process of holding enterprises accountable to good security practices. As you improve the security of your third parties you improve the security of the Internet. It decreases the likelihood of data being breached. It decreases the likelihood of systems being turned into DDOS drones or malware servers. It increases the likelihood that systems are going to be consistently available to fulfill their intended purposes. The work of third-party risk management is work for the greater good.

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Topics: Continuous Monitoring, 3rd party risk management, Security Ratings, Vendor Security, 3PRM, Third Party Risk

Managing Third-Party Meltdown & Spectre Risk Exposure Strategic Recommendations Beyond Patching

Posted by RiskRecon on Jan 17, 2018 6:49:26 PM

Summary

The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities represent an entirely new class of security flaws that are deeply rooted in long-standing CPU architecture. As such, Meltdown and Spectre are likely the first of many issues that will have to be dealt with quickly as research in CPU security flaws intensifies. Tactically, it is important that you ensure your third-parties implement the necessary patches. Strategically, it is essential that you reassess your standards governing third-party use of cloud-hosting providers and implement measures to bring your third-parties into compliance with the updated standards. 

In this document, we provide a brief explanation of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities and why they are so impactful, particularly to cloud computing. We also suggest a tactical plan for addressing the issue with your third-parties, and recommend strategic considerations for your larger third-party risk-governance program.

 

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Topics: Continuous Monitoring, 3rd party risk management, Security Ratings, Vendor Security, 3PRM, Third Party Risk

Principles for Fair and Accurate Security Ratings

Posted by RiskRecon on Jun 20, 2017 12:01:00 PM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce just issued “Principles for Fair and Accurate Security Ratings.”  These ratings are the first-of-its-kind guidelines for an emerging class of solutions that provide objective assessments of third-party security practices. These solutions complement traditional third-party risk management data gathering processes of vendor security questionnaires, attestation document reviews, and on-site assessments.

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Topics: Continuous Monitoring, 3rd party risk management, Security Ratings, Vendor Security, 3PRM, Third Party Risk