The Trusted Source in
Third Party Risk Assurance

  • Creating efficiencies and cost savings to effectively
    manage the vendor risk management lifecycle
  • Tools follow "a trust, but verify" standardized approach,
    adopted globally across a broad range of industries
  • Kept current with regulations, industry standards
    and guidelines, and the current threat environment
  • Education, resources and tools for outsourcers,
    service providers, assessment firms and solution providers

Membership & Tools

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"Shared Assessments Program tools allow enterprise organizations to evaluate and measure the level of IT risk across their vendors in an quantifiable, objective and repeatable process."
— Niall Browne, CSO and VP of Security, Workday
  • Participate in a global community of information security, privacy, and third party risk management leaders
  • Gain access to members-only resources and the Shared Assessments Program Tools, including the SIG and AUP
  • Develop and demonstrate knowledge with industry peers on challenging issues in information and data security, privacy and business continuity
  • Gain opportunities to build, shape and refine vendor risk management tools and best practices
  • Network with information security officers, privacy officers, and other subject matter experts

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The world’s most comprehensive third party risk management tools

"The Shared Assessments Program’s rigorous standards are equal to or better than all other standards. We are very satisfied with the acceptance by our clients."
— Timothy J. O’Brien, Senior Vice President, Yodlee
  • Obtain efficiencies and cost savings by using just one document to establish and define your risk control environment
  • Reduce FTE costs by using one document to satisfy multiple client requests, rather than responding to multiple proprietary questionnaires
  • Used globally by financial institutions, healthcare organizations, energy/utility, retailers, telecommunications and others
  • Shared Assessments Program Tools kept current with regulatory and industry standards
"Early Warning adheres to a security program ensures we protect all of our customers’ data, including Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Through active participation and membership in the Shared Assessments program, we leverage the Program’s tools and resources to make our customer audits as efficient as possible."
— Glen Sgambati, CISM, CIPP, CRISC, CTP
Chief Risk and Security Officer
Early Warning

Building A Robust Third Party Risk Management Program

Published on September 16, 2016 By | Posted in: Third Party Risk, Newsletter, Third Party Risk Management, Data Protection

Strong third party risk management is a growing requirement in the face of globalization and the increasing dependence on third parties that support core products

A New Pathway for Risk Managers – Associate Certified Third Party Risk Professional (CTPRP) Status is Now Available

Published on September 15, 2016 By | Posted in: Third Party Risk, Third Party Risk Management, Certified Third Party Risk Professional (CTPRP) program, Certification, Cyber Skills, CTPRP Training

Special expertise and training is required to manage risk in this outsourced economy. Studies consistently demonstrate a disconnect between regulatory and industry standards for third

At the Heart of the Cyber Security Skills Shortage

Published on September 7, 2016 By | Posted in: Cybersecurity, Hacking, Blog, Cyber Attacks

Three recent studies demonstrate that organizational and IT department leadership sit squarely at odds with several important challenges to improving IT-related risk postures: Predictions that

2016 Tone at the Top and Third Party Risk Survey

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Tone at the Top and Third Party Risk examines the role of executives in third party risk management in a broad range of industries and the effect of tone at the top on minimizing business risks within organizations. This study is sponsored by Shared Assessments and conducted by the Ponemon Institute.

Key findings indicate that third party vendor risk is not being effectively implemented:

  • Only 26% of respondents believe that their organization’s third party risk assessment of controls is effective.
  • 50% of respondents do not believe the risk management process is aligned with their organization’s business goals.
  • Just 11% say their organizations are very effective at communicating values throughout the enterprise or to business partners, vendors and other third parties.

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Financial Services Industry Call to Action

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The increased connectivity and complexity of critical infrastructure systems both nationally and globally puts economic and public security squarely at the forefront of risk management in every sector and industry vertical. A proactive stance is clearly required to establish best practices for more mature risk management programs industry-wide.

The financial services industry is in position to continue its leadership role in third party risk management, in order to improve the quality and efficiency of risk management programs at both the outsourcer and provider levels to collectively raise the bar and establish effective industry-wide risk management solutions.

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Onsite Assessments Best Practices White Paper

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In 2015, a Shared Assessments awareness committee was established to create a best practice assessment and scoping guideline practical for all outsourcing organizations, onsite assessment teams, managers and service providers, regardless of industry or assessment scope. The guideline will work in concert with existing onsite assessment tools and processes. It provides a clear, consistent methodology to keep the assessment process on target and therefore reduce duplication of effort and assessment fatigue.

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Tone at the Top White Paper



Consensus is quickly growing that an effective risk culture cannot be developed without a “Tone at the Top” that demonstrates, beyond doubt, that the Board and C-Suite are active in building and maintaining an effective enterprise risk management culture and program, inclusive of third party risk issues. The right Tone at the Top and risk culture can become important drivers of improved organizational performance – companies that incorporate risk management into their strategic planning process and operating model gain clear competitive advantage

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Incident Response Briefing Paper

IRBP ImageThe Shared Assessments Program is pleased to announce our briefing paper, Building Best Practices for Effective Monitoring of a Third Party’s Incident Event Management Program.

To help organizations be better prepared against increasingly inevitable incidents, the Shared Assessments Program SIG Committee has released Building Best Practices for Effective Monitoring of a Third Party’s Incident Event Management Program. The paper outlines a newly developed best practices model of incident event management program creation.

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2015 Shared Assessments Benchmark Study

Cover-2015-Benchmark-Study The 2015 Vendor Risk Management Benchmark Study by Shared Assessments in collaboration with global consulting firm Protiviti examines the maturity of vendor risk management.

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Collaborative Onsite Assessments Case Study

COA CoverThe Shared Assessments Program is pleased to present a case study based on our first in a series of pilots for our Collaborative Onsite Assessment program.

The goal of this pilot program is to create the opportunity for multiple industry outsourcers to perform a collaborative onsite assessment of a single service provider, performed by an independent assessment firm, leveraging the Shared Assessments Agreed Upon Procedures (AUP), the standardized testing procedures of the Shared Assessments Program, as a common onsite assessment vehicle. The case study outlines the methodology used and the results of this first pilot.

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Save the Date: 2017 Shared Assessments Summit

Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Shared Assessments Summit
June 26-30, 2017

Ritz Carlton Pentagon City
Arlington, VA

June 26:
SIG & AUP Beginner Pre-Conference Workshop(s)
June 27:
Pre-Conference Workshop(s)
June 28:
Shared Assessments Summit (full day session)
June 29
Shared Assessments Summit (full day session)
June 30
CTPRP Certification Workshop & Exam

Registration will open soon. Check back periodically for updates.

2018 Shared Assessments Summit Dates
April 9-13, 2018
Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

2016 Program Tools

Our 2016 Shared Assessment Program Tools deliver comprehensive assessment of IT, privacy and data security controls to manage threats.

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