Vendor Risk Management Insights

Breaking the Cybersecurity Insanity Cycle

Posted by Yong-Gon Chon on Jun 19, 2018 11:15:36 AM

 

By Yong-Gon Chon | June 19, 2018

I’m joining the Board at RiskRecon because with my 20+ years of experience working in information security, I truly believe their offering solves the failing state that dominates this domain.

To put it bluntly, Einstein defined INSANITY as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Over my long tenure in information security, I have witnessed exactly that: INSANITY. From firewalls to next-gen firewalls to something better than next-gen firewalls; from anti-virus to endpoint protection to endpoint protection with machine learning to AI orchestrated through “frictionless security,” we are doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. In some sense things are different—they’re worse. According to the 2011 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), the cumulative caseload from 2004-2010 spanned over 1,700 breaches. In the 2018 DBIR alone it was 2,200.

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Topics: Vendor Risk Management, 3rd party risk management, Third Party Risk

Join us for the Fair Institute Tech Sponsor Webinar Featuring RiskRecon Founder and CEO Kelly White

Posted by RiskRecon on May 23, 2018 2:14:34 PM

 

RiskRecon Founder and CEO Kelly White will be presenting a FAIR Institute Tech Sponsor Webinar titled "Solving third-party risk at scale - a true risk-based approach" on Friday May 18th at 3 pm EST. 

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Topics: 3rd party risk management, CISO, Webinar, Vendor Security, Third Party Risk

Meet with RiskRecon at the Financial Services-ISAC Annual Summit

Posted by RiskRecon on May 11, 2018 2:52:01 PM

 

May 20th to 23rd RiskRecon will be a sponsor at the 2018 Financial Services - Information Sharing and Analysis Center Annual Summit in Boca Raton, Florida at the Waldorf Astoria Boca Raton Resort. 

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Topics: Vendor Risk Management, 3rd party risk management, risk measurements, Press Release

We Are Proud To Announce Our Exclusive Partnership With the FAIR Institute.

Posted by RiskRecon on Apr 13, 2018 12:17:09 PM

We are proud to announce an exclusive partnership with the FAIR Institute. Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR) has emerged as the standard Value at Risk (VaR) framework for cybersecurity and operational risk. The FAIR Institute is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the discipline of measuring and managing information risk.  

 

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Topics: Vendor Risk Management, 3rd party risk management, Press Release, Third Party Risk

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

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

Extending GRC with Continuous Vendor Security Monitoring

Posted by RiskRecon on Apr 24, 2017 11:25:28 AM

We speak with many clients that already have some form of governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) program in place to assist with managing their enterprise programs. And some have software solutions to help them manage the process. This is not surprising when the market for GRC solutions is expected to grow to $38 billion by 2021.

Most companies are seeking ways to obtain more value from their GRC system—often by extending their coverage to their third-party risk management programs. Using the new class of continuous vendor security monitoring solutions is one of the best ways to add immediate value to GRC. This pairing offers a number of benefits, such as speed to identify and manage risk, valuable insight for prioritization of response, visibility into an accurate and complete vendor IT footprint, and critical transparency of exposure and actionable information on inherited vulnerabilities.

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Topics: risk control, Continuous Monitoring, Vendor Risk Management, 3rd party risk management, CISO, GRC

When Apache Struts2 Hits the Fan, Respond with Data and Collaboration

Posted by RiskRecon on Mar 17, 2017 5:36:41 PM

Mitigating your third-party exposure to Apache Struts2 requires accurate, actionable data -- and fast. If you can apply automated techniques to rapidly identify which of your vendors are most likely exposed to the exploit, you can quickly prioritize your risk resources and engage constructively with impacted vendors.

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Topics: risk control, Continuous Monitoring, Vendor Risk Management, 3rd party risk management, CISO

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