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A Horizon View of Third Party Risk, Cyber-Risk, and Emerging Technologies

 

Sometimes, in the world of third party risk, we spend a lot of time looking at what is directly in front of us (or re-actively, what’s behind us), or even with our heads in the sand. Industry expert, Keith Koo, spends a lot of time looking to the horizon.

When you meet Keith – you are immediately struck by the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the topics near and dear to his heart: disruptive technology, digital innovation and cyber-security, and the intersection of all these trends with third party risk.

Not only has Keith had significant experience in managing large third party risk programs for large banks and enterprise technology companies, he now advises companies with the most complex and pressing third party management challenges as a Managing Partner at Guardian Insight Group.

However, it’s been his experience working in the Silicon Valley, that also spurred Keith’s long-term interest in digital innovation, cyber-security and emerging, disruptive technologies such as cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

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Topics: third party risk management, Data Security & Privacy, data privacy, cyber risk, technology, blockchain, cryptocurrency

Five Third Party Risks The Regulators are Focusing On

It’s the billion-dollar question – what is on a regulator’s mind when they walk through the door of a firm? What kinds of things are they looking for – and is the firm prepared?

The focus on third party risk management by regulators has increased significantly over the past few years.  The regulators themselves are providing some clear and coherent guidance on their expectations, such as: OCC Bulletin 2013-29, “Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance; FFIEC Appendix J: Strengthening the Resilience of Outsourced Technology Services. And, if you’re looking for a ‘crib-sheet’ of what the examiners are likely to be looking at, there’s also OCC Bulletin 2017-7: The OCC's Supplemental Examinations Procedures for Third Party Relationships.

In February 2018, Aravo brought together a panel of experts, two of whom were former US regulators, to talk about how supervisors are thinking about third party risk management. You can listen to the broadcast here – but we’ve also distilled it down into five key take-aways.

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Topics: risk and compliance, third party risk management, information security, compliance risk, tprm, third party risk, cyber risk, supplier risk, vendor risk, occ compliance, third party risk regulators, regulatory frameworks, third party compliance, third party vendor, FFIEC, concentration risk, fourth party risk, geopolitical risk

Cyber resilience and supplier risk: moving beyond compliance

In a speech last week at the Cyber Security Summit and Expo 2017, Nausicaa Delfas, Chief Operating Officer at the FCA, called out cyber risk as one of the FCA’s top priorities and noted its close intersection with supplier risk, and third, fourth and fifth party risk.

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Topics: third party risk management, board of directors, governance, cyber risk, board accountability, third party governance, supplier risk, cyber resiliance, FCA

Three ways the Internet of Things and the GDPR will impact Third Party Risk

As the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves, it will offer organizations the opportunity to create an unprecedented range of potential products and services. By embedding the internet into computer systems inside of cars, appliances, and other physical things, manufacturers will be able to offer new functionality as well as additional services. Smart homes and intelligent cars are already on the consumer market in many countries. Applications for this technology in a business-to-business environment are equally promising.

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Topics: third party risk management, Data Security & Privacy, GDPR, information security, cybersecurity, cybersecurity regulation, cyber-security, cyber risk, cyber regulation, internet of things, IoT

Five Top Trends in Cybersecurity Regulations

Cyber and information security is considered by some to be the biggest challenge organizations collectively face today. A recent study conducted by Juniper Research predicts the cost of data breaches to reach $2.1 trillion globally by 2019. These incidents – whether they are caused by criminals, foreign governments, or hacktivists – can be costly for organizations, distressing for consumers, and create the possibility of real systemic damage to whole industries; even nations. So, it’s hardly surprising that regulators and legislators around the world are moving into action.  

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Topics: third party risk management, Data Security & Privacy, GDPR, information security, cybersecurity, cybersecurity regulation, cyber-security, cyber risk, cyber regulation