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Make no mistake: Even the most technologically mature organizations are struggling to keep in check the rising force of third-party cyber-risk. Recent high-profile security incidents, such as the Facebook data leak and the ASUS Shadowhammer attack, bring home the fact that third parties can introduce tremendous risk to business operations, data security, and even the technical integrity of products and services.
Data shows that enterprises of all types are still way behind on instituting the governance and technology to wrap their arms around third-party risks, be they in the software supply chain, access governance, or data handling. And, unfortunately, some experts say the industry isn’t moving the needle on third-party risk.
“The overall maturity of vendor risk management programs is virtually unchanged in the face of an increasingly challenging external risk and regulatory environment,” wrote experts from Protiviti in the company’s fifth annual vendor risk management survey.