2019 Vendor Risk Management Survey

2019 Vendor Risk Management Survey
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New Research: The Shared Assessments Programme and Protiviti Examine the Maturity of Vendor Risk Management

This is the fifth year that the Shared Assessments Programme and Protiviti have partnered in researching the maturity of Vendor Risk Management  (VRM) programmes.  The research, which looks at organisations’ maturity of vendor risk management, provides helpful benchmarks to evaluate third party risk management programmes against a comprehensive set of best practises.

Our research shows that increasing pressures in the risk and regulatory environments continue to pose severe challenges to third VRM programmes.  In addition, Despite increased regulatory scrutiny at a global, national and state level, growing cyber threats and a riskier business environment, the overall maturity level of VRM programmes has neither increased or decreased over the past 12 months. At the same time, our findings also point to a number of effective and cost-efficient approaches to get off this treadmill and achieve more substantial VRM progress.


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Our key 2019 report findings include:

  • The overall maturity of vendor risk management programmes is virtually unchanged in the face of an increasingly challenging external risk and regulatory environment.
  • Cyberattack disruptions are increasing, and it is taking organisations longer to fix the underlying issues.
  • More organisations are moving away from high-risk third-party relationships.
  • High levels of board engagement correlate with best-in-class VRM maturity.

"A company's reputation established and nurtured for 100 years can suffer severe and lasting damage following just one high-profile cyber attack. As a result, it can be difficult for boards to feel fully confident in how they are monitoring cybersecurity risk, both within the organisation and especially among vendors."

- Scott Laliberte, Managing Director - Security and Privacy Practise Global Leader, Protiviti​

Listen to our on-demand webinar where we discuss the survey results and provide insights into what organisations are doing to protect themselves from third party vendor risk. 

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Key Findings:

  1. There is a strong correlation between high levels of board engagement with VRM issues and vendor risk management capabilities that are firing on all cylinders to reach and sustain superior levels of programme maturity.
  2. To varying degrees across all industries, VRM programmes are barely able to keep up with the fast pace of change in the external environment.
  3. About 40% of survey respondents have fully mature VRM programmes, but just under a third have only ad hoc or no significant third-party risk management processes.
  4. Resource constraints in the face of higher risk management costs represent one of the largest VRM challenges for organisations.




2019 VRM Study Infographic

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