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  • 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

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Become a member of the Shared Assessments Program

"Integrating the full range of Shared Assessments content into our GRC platform gives our customers streamlined vendor management tools, empowering them to better manage the governance, risk and compliance issues surrounding their third-party relationships."
— Chris Caldwell, CEO, LockPath
  • 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

"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, CTPRP
Early Warning
  • 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
"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, Shared Assessments Steering Committee Member

What is Your Voice Privacy Debt?

Published on December 1, 2016 By | Posted in: Privacy, Voice

By, Martin Geddes Co-Founder and Executive Director Hypervoice Consortium Co-Written By, Kelly Fitzsimmons Co-Founder and Managing Director Hypervoice Consortium Today, we can talk to a

Updated for 2017: Tools Specifically Designed to Manage Third Party Risk

Published on November 29, 2016 By | Posted in: News, Vendor Security, Third Party Risk, Risk Management, Press Release, Risk Assessment, Third Party Risk Management, Vendor Risk Managment, Shared Assessments, Program Tools, Vendor Risk, Standardized Information Gathering (SIG), Agreed Upon Procedures (AUP), Vendor Risk Management Maturity Model (VRMMM)

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Marya Roddis Vice President of Communications marya@santa-fe-group.com  505-466-6434 Updated for 2017: Tools Specifically Designed to Manage Third Party Risk Shared Assessments Program

Demonstrating the Increased Maturity of Third Party Risk Management Programs – 2016 Benchmark Study

Published on November 29, 2016 By | Posted in: Third Party Risk, Risk Management, Newsletter, Board's, Third Party Risk Management, Shared Assessments, Benchmark Study, Benchmark Study, Blog

The Shared Assessments Program and Protiviti, Inc., a Shared Assessments member organization, have completed the 2016 Vendor Risk Management Benchmark Study, the third annual study

Building Best Practices in Third Party Risk Management: Involving Procurement White Paper

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Establishing a strong standard for risk management means including all stakeholders before a third party is brought on board. With the right tools and framework, the Procurement function can work closely, efficiently and effectively with all areas of an organization to help provide partners and regulators with a level of assurance that third parties are appropriately vetted and monitored throughout the life of the relationship. Procurement can also help facilitate a centralized process that is designed to mitigate many of the risks associated with these relationships and should therefore be seen as a critical function that organizations can leverage for more than just achieving cost savings.
The paper focuses on ways to effectively integrate Procurement into the third party oversight function.

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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

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DID YOU KNOW?

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

2017 Program Tools

Our 2017 Shared Assessment Program Tools deliver comprehensive assessment of IT, privacy and data security controls to manage threats.

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Newsletter Archive

November 2016
2016 Vendor Risk Management Benchmark Study
October 2016
Achieving a Robust Third Party Risk Program
September 2016
Best Practices for Building Third Party Risk Programs
August 2016
New Opportunities, New Obligations
July 2016
UK Brexit Vote
June 2016
Shared Assessments Summit 2016
May 2016
EU's GDPR and the EU-US Privacy Shield
April 2016
2016 Tone at the Top and Third Party Risk Study
February 2016
2016 Program Tool Updates
January 2016
FFIEC Examination Handbook
December 2015
Incident Event Management
November 2015
2015 - A Year in Review
October 2015
Tone at the Top
September 2015
International Standards
August 2015
Privacy Defense
July 2015
2015 Vendor Risk Managment Benchmark Study
June 2015
Certification
May 2015
2015 Shared Assessments Summit
April 2015
Payments Security: Will PCI Play a Role in Our Future?
March 2015
Voice Privacy: An Issue that Needs to be Heard
February 2015
The Boards Role in Third Party Risk
January 2015
2015 Third Party Risk Resolutions
December 2014
2014 A Year in Review
November 2014
Third Party Risk Certification
October 2014
The Emerging Mobile Payments Battle
September 2014
Obligations of HIPAA Business Associates
August 2014
Vendor Classification
July 2014
Third Party Software Security
June 2014
Experts Weigh In On Third Party Risk
May 2014
2014 Vendor Risk Management Benchmark Study
April 2014
The Board's Role in Risk Management
March 2014
Third Party Data Breach Incidences
February 2014
Shared Assessments Launches New 2014 Program Tools

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