Report: Third-party remote access: Challenges for enterprises and technology vendors

June 20, 2018//Tori Taylor

Last Updated: June 14, 2022

Data breaches and other cyberattacks are becoming a business fact for highly regulated industries. In fact, most enterprise organizations expect that their company will endure some form of a cyberattack in their near future. We can expect to see roughly 1,300 data breaches by the end of 2018.SecureLink | Third Party Challenges

One of the most common attack vectors is exploiting weaknesses in the connection between a third-party vendor and an enterprise. This is often the chosen attack vector because third-party vendors are frequently given more access onto a network than what is necessary to do their job. To better understand the challenges of third-party remote access, and how to overcome them, we partnered with Edge Research in order to conduct a study designed to investigate the remote access challenges faced by enterprises and vendors. We’ve compiled the data into a report, entitled: “Third-Party Remote Access: Challenges for Enterprises and Technology Vendors.”

Why this study matters
Cyberattacks continue to rise and enterprise organizations and third-party vendors could not be more vulnerable. Because we recognized this vulnerability, we wanted to better understand the habits of both enterprises and third-party vendors when it comes to remote access solutions. In other words, we wanted to figure out what keeps enterprise IT administrators, CIOs, and CISOs awake at night. We also strived to better understand secure remote access from the point-of-view of the vendor in order to view the complete third-party remote access picture. There are a lot of good studies from a variety of sources on secure remote access, but we took a unique approach of understanding because we looked at secure remote access from both sides.

About the study
We enlisted the help of Edge Research, an outside firm, to survey enterprises and their vendors. With over 400 IT and security decision-makers from both the enterprise side and third-party vendor side, we were able to get an in-depth understanding of secure remote access challenges. All participants were from regulated industries, including the healthcare, banking, government, and retail industries, to understand not only what they view as the biggest concerns but what the top priorities are when it comes to securing networks for third-party remote access. We aimed to answer four questions:

  • How important is third-party remote access?
  • How does third-party remote access differ for enterprise organizations versus vendors?
  • How are enterprise organizations and vendors handling third-party remote access?
  • What matters most when it comes to third-party remote access?

Learn more about the challenges… and the solutions
To learn more about secure remote access challenges for enterprise organizations and third-party vendors, download our report entitled “Third-Party Remote Access: Challenges for Enterprises and Technology Vendors”. This report provides more insights into the many issues that plague enterprises and vendors when it comes to third-party remote access, and how to solve these issues.

About SecureLink

Our sole focus is secure third-party remote access. For highly regulated enterprise organizations, SecureLink Enterprise Access has pioneered a secure remote access platform. SecureLink for enterprise allows an organization to identify, control, and audit third-party vendors. For vendors, SecureLink is the gold standard remote access support platform because it is easy, efficient, and ensures compliance and reduces liability when supporting customers.

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