February 2015 Newsletter
This Months Focus
The Boards Role in Third Party Risk

Expert Advise for Directors on Managing Risk


Risk management is a hot topic in the boardroom, and "third party risk is one of many risks that a board of directors needs to look at," Catherine A. Allen, chairman and CEO of The Santa Fe Group, told Erica Salmon Byrne during an episode of NYSE This Week in the Boardroom. "In fact," she added, "the newest regulations hold the board responsible for third party risk." Most boards, she said, understand their organization's risks and the risk management program, with a focus on more critical risks. "Then they'll notate that in the minutes of the board that they have addressed these particular risks," she said.

Annie Searle, Risk Universe columnist and principal of ASA Risk Consultants, offered advice to boards of directors about better managing their companies' risk. Board members cannot take at face value executives' assurance that risk is being properly managed, she reported. They need to educate themselves and "be sure you get real answers to your questions," she said.


 Read Ms. Searle's letter to board members.

2015 Shared Assessments Summit

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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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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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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
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Dear Member of the Board

By Annie Searle, Principal, ASA

Whether you're a board member of a retailer like Starbucks or sitting on a large financial services board like JPMorgan Chase, I'll bet you're pleased at this point that you said no to SONY board membership.

... Read more

Did You Know?

With the latest regulatory requirements from the OCC, the Fed, and others, the identification of "critical" vendors is on the rise at financial institutions as these are now required to have board-level approval. What does this mean to your organization? Whether you are a financial institution or not, you should be prepared to identify 1) who these vendors are, 2) what data they have access to, 3) what they are actually doing for you (that is, the scope of work), and 4) where are they performing this work. It's the first and most logical step in solidifying your vendor inventory.

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