Who owns third-party risk management?

The most recent Ponemon report provided some shocking insight into third-party risk management (TPRM) and the lack of security surrounding third-party vendor remote access. Over half of organizations have experienced a data breach caused by a third party, and 74% of respondents blame the hacks on granting too much access to their third parties. The report also cited that 59 percent of those surveyed don’t have centralized control over third-party remote access, which only contributes to those aforementioned problems.

So, congratulations to you! You’ve already made the smart move toward secure third-party remote access by partnering with SecureLink. And now that you have SecureLink, who owns it? Is it your IT team? Your information security team? Your legal department? (Yes, some legal departments own cybersecurity.)

As you can see from the graph below, the IT departments of most of our customers are responsible for SecureLink, followed by security departments, infrastructure/network teams, and systems administrators.

SecureLink | IT Departments

It’s not surprising that third-party access is handled by IT or security departments – that’s pretty expected. But it is surprising that about 73% of those from the Ponemon survey said that managing third parties is overwhelming and a drain on internal resources, especially for overworked teams like an IT department.

That’s where we come in.

SecureLink is built to automate third-party remote access security and help manage third parties so you don’t have to. It reduces human-error and saves our customers about 80% of time formerly spent managing third-party identities. It’s a win-win for you and your cybersecurity strategy.

Now you might be thinking, “That’s great! I’ve been able to manage my third parties so much better with SecureLink. But what about all the reporting, auditing, and monitoring we need to do? It’s just as overwhelming. How am I supposed to handle all that?”

The answer: You don’t have to. SecureLink has monitoring and auditing features built into the platform, including full visibility of all network sessions via video recordings and keystroke logging. Next time an auditor asks for documentation on third-party activity, you can hand over your SecureLink audit info, give that auditor a confident smile, and walk away knowing you’ve just nailed your regulatory compliance audit.

Our goal is to make your job even easier

SecureLink is built to make third-party management and remote access more secure and efficient. The full visibility, auditing features, and reporting capabilities are just some of the best practices you can use to get the most out of the SecureLink platform and make things easier for your team. Contact your CSM if you need a refresher on the best way to use these SecureLink tools to help your organization.

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