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Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM)

Third-Party Risk Management includes all the processes of evaluating suppliers, partners, and vendors to ensure they meet certain requirements⁠⁠.

What is TPRM? TPRM is an assessment of the risk  introduced by a firm’s third-party relationships along the whole supply chain. It involves identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the risks represented throughout the lifecycle of your relationships with third-parties. This often begins during procurement and reaches the end of the offboarding process.

Types of Risks while Onboarding Vendors

  • Operational risk: This includes a data breach.

  • Regulatory risk: You could pay the price if a third party violates the law or organizational policy

  • Reputational risk: For instance, a rug company outsources production to a factory that violates child labor regulations, resulting in penalties and destructive publicity.

How to Select a TPRM Framework? There is a growing need for a consistent third-party governance framework as companies are becoming more decentralized. Nevertheless, your selection of a third-party risk management framework would be dependent on your organization's use of third-parties, compliance requirements, regulatory requirements, business processes, acceptable level of risk, joint ventures, and the general risk management policy.

Best Practices Around TPRM? You are only as tough as your weakest link: Step one: Identify third-party risk You can identify risk at different levels of engagement with third parties. This can be done through penetration testing, threat modeling, red teaming assessment, and so on. Step two: Evaluate third-party risk It is important that you perform a careful evaluation to assess and account for the impact. You can rank the assessment of critical third-party tools and services, perform periodic assessments, or evaluate each third-party tool risk's general potential business impact. Step three: Mitigate Risk You must assess risk in a time-and-cost fashion if you’re to mitigate third-party risks effectively.

Does Your Business need Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM)? TPRM is vital to mitigate unnecessary risk and excessive costs linked with third-party cyber risks. Designing a solid TPRM program minimizes the destructive impact that your organization's technology business decisions may have on your financial solvency and customers.  Business operating in an outsourced economy demands expertise to meet the necessary strategies, processes, and practices for evaluating and managing vendor risk and overseeing the security of sensitive data with third parties. At 4ET Cybersecurity we help customers to understand how third parties affect their security postures and provide them valuable information required to make

risk-based decisions.

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