Using vendors or service providers is a common practice – this may range from bookkeeping, to IT support, to janitorial services, to website hosting and even temporary staffing. What all of these outsourced services have in common is that they expose your company to certain levels of risk that could therefore affect your customers’ sensitive data. This “soft underbelly” for companies is well known to hackers and identity thieves as a way to get into companies and steal valuable data.
It is well documented that the lack of standards and lack of employee awareness are the leading causes of security breaches, malware infections (e.g. viruses & spyware), and identity theft. It is well known that vendors and service providers are weak spots when it comes to network security. Managing risk associated with vendors and service providers is simple due care and due diligence. Our comprehensive Vendor Compliance Program (VCP) removes the time constraints and errors associated with trying to generate the documentation by yourself and our product is a fraction of the cost associated with hiring a consultant to write similar documentation for you.
Vendor Cybersecurity Compliance Program
The first step to address that risk is to let your vendors know what is required from them – this addresses due care. The next step is to hold your vendors accountable to meet your requirements – that is due diligence. You owe it to your clients to ensure your risks are addressed across your organization and that is where our Vendor Compliance Program (VCP) helps.
With requirements like the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requiring all companies that accept debit or credit cards to manage the information security risks associated with their own vendors, there is a need for a simple way for a company to inform its service providers of expectations when it comes to managing information security risks. It is a common-sense requirement that businesses should have in place, so that is why there is a push to reduce risk with service providers.
In light of the recent breaches at major corporations, it is likely that a crackdown will follow for businesses to follow better cybersecurity. One of the most important points to remember when it comes to compliance is that if you cannot prove you are compliant (e.g., documented policies & standards) then your business will be unlikely to count on business insurance to cover the expense of a breach.
The VCP can serve as a foundational element in your organization’s cybersecurity program. It can stand alone or be paired with other specialized products we offer.
What Is The Vendor Compliance Program (VCP)?
The VCP is an editable Microsoft Word document that is intended to be shared with third parties (e.g., service providers, vendors, contractors, etc.). This is essentially concise version of your policies, but tailored to dictate your requirements to third parties.
- We offer both a NIST 800-53 and ISO 27002 version of the VCP, since those are the two most common cybersecurity frameworks that companies use.
- The text from the VCP can be used in contract a addendum or it can be shared as a stand-alone document.
- This product addresses the “how?” questions for how your company manages risk with third parties.
- Managing third-party risk is now a common requirement in statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations.
- The VCP helps provide evidence of due care in how your company informs third parties about their cybersecurity obligations.
What Problems Does The VCP Solve?
- Lack of In House Security Experience – Writing security documentation is a skill that many good cybersecurity professionals simple are not proficient at and avoid the task at all cost. Tasking your security analysts and engineers to write comprehensive documentation means you are actively taking them away from protecting and defending your network, which is not a wise use of their time. The NIST-based WISP is an efficient method to obtain comprehensive NIST 800-53 based security policies and standards for your organization!
- Compliance Requirements – Nearly every organization, regardless of industry, is required to have formally-documented security policies and standards. Requirements range from PCI DSS to HIPAA to NIST 800-171. It is a reasonable expectation for companies to manage the security aspects of their 3rd party relationships.
- Audit Failures – Many organizations run into trouble in audits when asked HOW third-party or supply chain risk is managed, since they cannot provide documentation beyond policies and standards. The VCP addresses the HOW for you!
- Vendor Requirements – It is very common for clients and partners to request evidence of third-party cybersecurity governance. The VCP provides this evidence!
How Does The VCP Solve It?
- Clear Documentation – The VCP provides the documentation to prove that your vendor compliance program exists.
- Time Savings – The VCP can provide your organization with a semi-customized solution that requires minimal resources to fine tune for your organization’s specific needs.
- Alignment With Leading Practices – The VCP comes in two versions, ISO 27002 or NIST 800-53, so it is written to support the most common security frameworks!