Why is third-party risk management important?

Why is third-party risk management important?Why is third-party risk management important?
Guest Author asked 1 year ago
Why is third-party risk management important?
1 Answers
Rebecca Kappel Staff answered 1 year ago
Did you know that your organization is only as secure as your weakest third-party vendor? A single vulnerability in a vendor or supplier’s network can result in a data breach of your otherwise cyber-resilient infrastructure. With this knowledge, it’s easy to understand why third-party risk management has become so fundamental. If cybersecurity is crucial to your enterprise, the importance of third-party management is critical too. 

The digital boom has prompted a seismic shift to workload outsourcing and cloud-based services. According to a recent IDG study, 81% of all organizations have at least one workload in the cloud today. Nemertes Research predicts that this is the year the majority of workloads will be in the cloud versus in on-premises offices and servers. As supply chains and vendors combine to form a complex web, it is imperative to keep a strong grasp on the constantly expanding perimeter of your enterprise. 

Third-party risk management is the practice of assessing and monitoring the security, compliance, processes, and practices of your vendors. These third parties are typically vendors and suppliers, but they can also be consumers, end-users, or distributors. The importance of vendor risk management should especially be emphasized when a vendor has access to a valuable business function or handles sensitive personal data. 

How do you manage third-party risk?

  1. Identify potential risks.
  2. Perform a risk assessment of each vendor.
  3. Mitigate exposed risks.
  4. Continuously monitor and report on the effectiveness of the program.

Benefits of using a third-party risk management solution:

  • Simplify procurement processes
  • Improve supply chain resilience
  • Meet compliance audit requirements
  • Promote a security-first culture
  • Mitigate risk exposure
  • Save hundreds of hours of manual labor and cut costs 

The Centraleyes cloud-based solution reimagines third-party risk management and helps you achieve cyber resilience and compliance. With our totally unique platform, you can continuously assess, categorize and prioritize hundreds of vendors in one centralized dashboard. Centraleyes is the only hybrid third-party risk solution that enables you to continually mitigate security gaps in a vendor’s risk profile and allows for quick threat remediation.

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