Growing technological interconnection and increasing reliance on outsourcing means that significant business aspects now depend on outside providers. This leads to growing vendor-related risks which requires building an effective vendor risk management program (VRM).
The goal of VRM programs is to monitor, manage, and reduce risk exposure created by collaboration with third-party vendors and IT professionals. It involves addressing regulatory compliance, cybersecurity, vendor relationship management, and careful vendor risk assessment.
In this document we outline the seven essential steps in developing an efficient vendor risk management program based on established best practices: