Aggregated Vendor Risk - The Cyber Security Blind Spot

By Angelina Yang, David Zelinger, Thomas Lee, Nagaraja Kumar Deevi

A featured article of our April 2020 edition of PRMIA's Intelligent Risk quarterly newsletter


Companies in all industries are relying on hundreds, sometimes thousands, of vendors to manage the complexity  of  today’s  business  landscape.  This  web  of  vendors  can  include  suppliers,  contractors,  SaaS,  PaaS  and  IaaS.  This  increasing  access  and  movement  of  sensitive  data  across  internal  and  external  systems  creates  a  significant  and  growing  cyber  security  risk,  with  about  50%  of  large  PIIdata breaches caused by third parties. An analysis of data breach costs finds that these third party breaches  are  just  as  impactful,  causing  significant  business,  reputational  and  operational  impact.  Third party risk is also not limited to data breaches. For the financial industry, 75% of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases resulted from third party partners.


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