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Cyber Security Risk Assessment Is Performed on Vendors In Only 46% of Cases

A cyber security assessment is paramount in eliminating or controlling vendor risks. The cyber security controls in place could be different for the enterprise and the vendors. 

Business units are outsourcing more operations to outside vendors. As a result, the average organization is unquestionably more exposed than ever to third- and fourth-party risk.

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Consequently, an enterprise can rely on a specific vendor risk management program to deal with the certainty of risk whenever something is outsourced.

Vendor risk management is a crucial part of regulatory compliance and helps to guard against data breaches.

It’s only possible to gauge the extent of risk vendors introduce by taking an inventory of third-party partnerships. 

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The risk of cybersecurity does not end with third parties. The first vendors have vendors. These suppliers increase the risk of a third party. Far more thought must go into managing fourth-party risks than third-party risks. Any formal contracts with the primary player do not cover the fourth vendor. 

Although cyber security is an essential function of an effective vendor risk management program, multiple aspects become a part of the process.

Only some providers will satisfy the requisite standards. Because of this, the core of any VRM program is business continuity planning, disaster recovery planning, and incident response planning.

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