Vendor Risk Management

The Importance of Speed in Driving Business Value Through Your VRM Program

Alex Campanelli | November 20, 2017

In today’s expanding business ecosystem, managing vendor risk is becoming increasingly critical to protecting companies’ sensitive data. With new threats emerging daily and companies continuing to outsource, vendor risk management is an issue that will only grow in affecting organizations and their business partners. According to a recent Navex Global study, the ability to promptly resolve newly identified risks is a top challenge for organizations’ third party risk management programs.

The third-party risk gap is growing, and while current approaches to the problem are helpful, they typically only provide a moment-in-time snapshot of security risk. To proactively mitigate risk, organizations need automated tools that continuously measure and monitor the security performance of vendors. To make decisions in a timely manner, companies need to be able to access and aggregate data about their vendors quickly and efficiently. The speed at which organizations can comprehensively assess third parties is critical to the success of any vendor risk management (VRM) program, and ultimately, the value delivered to the business.

When companies are able to make critical vendor risk management decisions rapidly, this speed enables them to drive business value and partner better with the business. Quicker vendor assessments and selection means less downtime. This allows them faster turnaround and more productivity when it comes to managing hundreds and sometimes thousands of vendors that affect their business’ bottom line.

BitSight Security Ratings allow organizations to continuously monitor their entire vendor ecosystem and quickly understand the health of their vendor portfolio and potential third parties. With just one click, users can filter to see different companies that may fit any qualifications selected -- for example, any organizations that were affected by WannaCry or other high-profile attacks. This allows companies to fully understand the scope at which they are at risk and make quick, informed decisions based on this information -- ultimately meaning less downtime for the organization when crafting or implementing a risk management program.

BitSight Security Ratings also allow users to set customizable alerts that match their company’s risk tolerance for different groups of vendors. If there are any changes that cross thresholds, the user can see the reason behind that change and then reach out to the vendor quickly and work with them to resolve the issue. Organizations can leverage alerts throughout the entire vendor lifecycle -- from pre-screening potential vendors to continuous monitoring, and contract review. If the performance of a particular vendor does not improve over time, contracts and relationships can be re-evaluated accordingly.


When it comes to VRM, the ability to have continuous insight into vendor risk and make decisions quickly and efficiently is critical to a successful and healthy program. BitSight Security Ratings for Vendor Risk Management deliver timely, data-driven insights into the security performance of over 100,000 organizations and counting. With the ability to drill down into the security details used to generate an organization’s rating, companies can partner better with the business by holding data-driven conversations with vendors about their security posture as well as continue to work towards keeping their network safe.

Learn how Cabela's used BitSight Security Ratings to streamline its vendor management process.

BitSight Vendor Risk Management Case Study Cabela's


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