January 2015 Newsletter
This Months Focus
2015 - Third Party Risk Resolutions

Don't make 2015 the same Auld Lang Syne when it comes to third party risk.


On behalf of the Shared Assessments Program, we wish you all a Happy New Year!


Now that the bottles of bubbly are empty and the confetti has all been swept away, many are trying to start the New Year off on the right foot, devising their New Year's resolutions and hopefully, mapping out plans to ensure success. 


Now let's take this one step further, do your New Year's resolutions carry over into your organization's aspirations, mapping out plans for your strategic and tactical ideas regarding third party risk?


Many have called 2014 the Year of the Big Breach (as more than 20 large companies experienced some form of a data breach ranging from Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, Goodwill, Jimmy Johns, PF Cheng, Community Health System, Dairy Queen...just to name a few).  Perhaps it's time to consider a New Year's resolution (or two) to help ensure you and your company's management can sleep more soundly at night knowing that proper due diligence was performed on your third party service providers (TPSP) - and with the latest and most updated tools at your convenience.


To help ensure you don't break your 2015 resolution to get a better leg-up on your TPSP's, consider leveraging the Shared Assessments Program to help you in defining your goals.

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2015 Shared Assessments Summit

Join us for the 2015 Shared Assessments Summit 

Schedule of Events

April 27: SA 101 Fundamentals of the Shared Assessments Program Tools workshop 1 (AM) ; SA 201 Overcoming Implementation Challenges workshop 2 (PM)

April 28: Effective Contracting for the Entire Vendor Lifecycle workshop 1 (AM); The New Normal - Best Practices for Consumer Protection & Regulatory Compliance Assurances workshop 2 (PM); Evening VIP Reception for members and invited guests only (evening)

April 29: Shared Assessments Summit (full day session); Evening reception for all speakers and attendees
April 30: Shared Assessments Summit (morning session); CTPRP Workshop (PM)

May 1: CTPRP Certification Workshop (AM) and Exam (PM)

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Shared Assessments Certification

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Sponsorship and Exhibitorship Opportunities

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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To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact us at info@sharedassessments.org.

Hear from Shared Assessments Members at these upcoming events:

Jonathan Dambrot, CEO and Co-founder, Prevalent, Inc.
Steering Committee member, Glen Sgambati, Chief Risk and Security Officer, Early Warning Services; and Tom Garrubba, Senior Director, The Santa Fe Group
Tom Garrubba, Senior Director, The Santa Fe Group
  • ISACA North America CACS Conference: Contracting For the Full Vendor Lifecycle - March 16 - 18, Orlando, FL Learn more


In 2015, don't just make New Year Resolutions regarding third party risk, keep them!

By Tom Garrubba, Senior Director, The Santa Fe Group

Start 2015 on the right foot including your third party risk management program.  Here are some suggested "New Year's Resolutions" to incorporate into your strategic and tactical plans for the coming  year. 

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Did You Know?

Did you know that the US and Great Britain are planning on engaging in cyber warfare with each other? No, we're not re-matching the war of 1812, it's an exercise between the US FBI and the NSA agencies, Britain's GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) and MI6 (Military Intelligence - Section 6) to test each other bank's cyber defenses. 

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OCC Guidance 2013-29
Federal Reserve Guidance on Managing Outsourcing Risk
ISO/IEC 27001:2013
NIST: Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
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