December 2014 Newsletter
This Months Focus
2014 - A Year in Review

A Look Back and Looking Ahead to 2015

Let's pause to reflect on what we've accomplished together with the Shared Assessments Program in 2014. It has been a whirlwind of activity, amidst the industry's avalanche of regulations and a flood of high profile data breaches that have spotlighted third party risk. For Shared Assessments and our members, it's been a good and active year. Highlights include the rollout of our Certified Third Party Risk Professional (CTPRP) certification, our kick-off of the annual 2014 Vendor Risk Management Benchmark Study, the successful facilitation of financial services collaborative onsite assessments, and improvements to the next version of the Shared Assessments Program Tools, which release in January.

Looking ahead to 2015 and to address the ever-changing landscape, the Shared Assessments Program 2015 agenda will include broadening our efforts in collaborative onsite assessments, updating our tools to meet the needs of our members, welcoming newly certified CTPRP individuals, publishing the second annual Vendor Risk Management Benchmarking Study, hosting our eighth annual Shared Assessments Summit 2015, to be held April 29-30, 2015 in Baltimore, MD, and so much more. In 2015, top priorities are fostering board-level conversation and education in third party risk and keeping a watchful eye on risks associated with new technologies, new or updated standards, and regulations, so that we can stay ahead of the storm.


Good-bye 2014 and we look forward to best practices in third party risk management and assurance for 2015.
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2015 Shared Assessments Summit

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Schedule of Events

April 27: SIG 101 & AUP 101 Pre-Conference Workshop(s)
April 28: Effective Contracting & Consumer Protection & Regulatory Compliance Pre-Conference Workshop(s)
April 29: Shared Assessments Summit (full day session)
April 30: Shared Assessments Summit (morning session)
May 1: CTPRP Certification Workshop & Exam

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Your organization is invited to participate as a sponsor/exhibitor at the Shared Assessments Summit 2015 and Pre-Conference Workshops on April 27-30, 2015, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Now in its eighth year, the Shared Assessments Summit is the premier event for all stakeholders in the vendor risk assessment process from a range of industries including financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, energy and higher education. 


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Shared Assessments in 2014: A Good Year with So Much Ahead
 By Robin Slade, EVP and COO, The Santa Fe Group

It has been an exciting time to participate in the Shared Assessments Program. Looking back at 2014, it has been a good, active year, with the rollout of our Certified Third Party Risk Professional (CTPRP) certification, our kick-off of the annual Vendor Risk Management Benchmark Study, the successful facilitation of financial services collaborative onsite assessments, and improvements to the Shared Assessments Program Tools. Let's take a more detailed look at some of the highlights from 2014.

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Federal Reserve Guidance on Managing Outsourcing Risk
ISO/IEC 27001:2013
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