How do you monitor third-party risks?

How do you monitor third-party risks?How do you monitor third-party risks?
Rebecca KappelRebecca Kappel Staff asked 1 year ago

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Rebecca KappelRebecca Kappel Staff answered 1 year ago
In today’s hybrid ecosystem of cloud computing, remote employment, and global supply chain ecosystems, organizations are increasingly using the services of third parties to increase productivity, efficiency, and delivery of goods and services – yet most organizations don’t address the interrelated rise in malicious threats and vendor risks. Third-party vendors that handle sensitive corporate data often lack critical security controls.

There are several ways to implement third-party vendor monitoring:

  1. Do your due diligence: Before signing a contract with a third party, it is important to assess the potential risks associated with that party. This can include reviewing the third party’s financial stability, business and security practices, and legal records. The assessment usually takes the form of questionnaires supplied to the potential vendor.
  2. Establish clear contracts: Clearly define the requirements and expectations of third-party relationships in a written contract. Include information about periodic assessments in your contract.
  3. Set up continuous risk monitoring processes: Review the third party’s performance periodically to ensure third party risk management ongoing monitoring and that they are meeting the contract terms and not exposing your organization to unwanted risk. This can include conducting audits, reviewing reports, and monitoring third party risk metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs).
  4. Implement controls: Implement controls such as access controls, passwords, and security protocols to protect against unauthorized access to your systems or data by a third party.
  5. Communicate with the third party: Maintain open lines of communication with the third party to ensure that any potential risks are identified and addressed on time.
  6. Use risk assessment tools: There are various tools and frameworks available that can help organizations to assess and monitor third-party risks. These can include risk assessment matrices, risk registers, and risk management software.

Effective risk monitoring of third parties involves conducting due diligence, establishing clear contracts, setting up ongoing monitoring processes, implementing controls, communicating with the third party, and using risk assessment tools.

Centraleyes includes a unique third-party risk management solution that enables organizations to continuously assess and manage all of their vendors in one centralized dashboard. Automated workflow and data feed combine for the only hybrid vendor risk solutions to streamline the collection and analysis of data.

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