Make no mistake: Even the most technologically mature organizations are struggling to keep in check the rising force of third-party cyber-risk. Recent high-profile security incidents, such as the Facebook data leak and the ASUS Shadowhammer attack, bring home the fact that third parties can introduce tremendous risk to business operations, data security, and even the technical integrity of products and services.
Data shows that enterprises of all types are still way behind on instituting the governance and technology to wrap their arms around third-party risks, be they in the software supply chain, access governance, or data handling. And, unfortunately, some experts say the industry isn't moving the needle on third-party risk.
"The overall maturity of vendor risk management programs is virtually unchanged in the face of an increasingly challenging external risk and regulatory environment," wrote experts from Protiviti in the company's fifth annual vendor risk management survey.
For this slide show, Dark Reading took a look at data in that report as well as a number of others on third-party cyber-risk to offer insight into the current attitudes around the problem, the scope of access afforded to third parties, and the maturity level of current vendor risk management practices.
Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading. View Full Bio