The hidden risk: vendor risk management

Vendor risk management is one of the most critical factors in cybersecurity programs for businesses because today’s business environment is increasingly globalized and supplier-reliant. As a result, third parties are becoming a major source for breaches of regulated data. Tightened regulations mean that organizations are susceptible to be liable for the security controls and actions of their third-party vendors.

While risk management has mostly taken center stage, companies are able to better manage their legal risks and maintain a higher competitive advantage if they have a vendor management program in place.

Vendor risk management enables organizations to assess supply-chain risk and the potential impact on business operations in line with their organizational risk tolerance. The process of vendor risk management enables organizations to assess, monitor and manage the risks posed to them by their third-party vendors.

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What is vendor risk management?

The process of vendor risk management includes the profiling, organizing and categorizing of suppliers based on the risk they pose to your organization. In this case, the cyber/information security risk is examined. This service is suitable for organizations with an existing supply chain in particular.

Customers of SubRosa who engage in this service will see improvements to both their internal enterprise risk program as well as supplier relations. Vendor risk management enables an organization to not only assess and manage risk but to align themselves with suppliers who match their organizational security practices and mission as well.

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Service models.

SubRosa’s vendor risk management program is a fully scalable, proven framework that can be quickly implemented to enable you to begin assessing the risks posed to your organization. Our staff can be deployed anywhere in the world to begin representing your organization to your vendors and develop your risk picture.

Fully managed

  • Leverage SubRosa’s full domain expertise to assess your third-party information security risk
  • All activities covered under a monthly retainer fee
  • Program is designed, run and executed by SubRosa
  • SLAs on all assessments and reporting
  • One-week notice to travel onsite
  • Remote, and physical onsite assessments included
  • Included governance, risk and compliance software support
  • Option for client-owned, custom framework production

Partially managed

  • Leverage SubRosa’s domain expertise when needed
  • Assessment and reporting on an as-needed basis, per client requests
  • No upfront or retainer costs
  • No service level agreements (SLAs) on assessments and reporting
  • Optional governance, risk and compliance software support
  • Four weeks’ notice to travel onsite
  • All frameworks, tools and methods remain the property of SubRosa

Benefits of vendor risk management.

Protect sensitive data and systems.

Managing vendor risks can help ensure that sensitive data and systems are not compromised by malicious actors or inadequate security measures.

Avoid financial losses.

Cybersecurity breaches can lead to financial losses from stolen data, legal fees, and damage to a company's reputation.

Meet regulatory requirements.

Many industries are subject to regulations that require them to manage vendor risks, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

Improve overall security posture.

By regularly assessing the security practices of vendors, organizations can improve their overall cybersecurity posture.

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