The first and most fundamental mistake most organizations make in managing vendor risk is not maintaining a comprehensive list of active vendors. This may strike you as so obvious that it seems silly to note at all, much less cite as mistake number one. However, you will be surprised to learn that “nearly two-thirds of IT security professionals surveyed stated that their organizations do not maintain a comprehensive list of third-party vendors and dependencies.”
Vendor risk evaluation is an expensive afterthought. 73% of organizations have no direct communication channel between the security program and management responsible for contracts and procurement. Security, whether intentional or not, is effectively an afterthought. This results in a huge business process gap — and a fundamental mistake — that is very common.
Dependence on vendors in your delivery of services or products is a common and necessary part of doing business effectively and efficiently in the 21st century. DoorDash is not alone in relying heavily on third party vendors to deliver their service. Some details about this breach incident recently in the news may surprise you. Other details illuminate how to avoid six common mistakes made by organizations who handle sensitive data.