3 Ways to Improve Your Vendor Security Program in 2021

December 16, 2020

We are almost to the end of another year. And what a year it was: 2020 resulted in more changes, challenges, and opportunities for InfoSec teams than any other time in recent memory. 

While it may seem impossible that this wild year is (finally) coming to an end, there is no time to sit around thinking about the ups and downs from the last few months. Instead, InfoSec teams should be looking ahead to 2021 and planning how the lessons from this year will influence data security strategy in the next.


How to improve your vendor security program fast

It is especially true this year that InfoSec teams have a tight schedule to get things done. This year has seen an increase in threats and malicious attacks on private data across various industries, and many InfoSec teams are laser-focused on these immediate issues. In many cases, planning and conducting a yearly strategy roadmap isn’t always on the schedule.

Whether your team has a few weeks or just a few days to plan for 2021, here are three easy ways to improve your vendor security program before the new year.


1. Run a quick internal audit of your current processes

If you’re wondering where to start, taking stock of your current processes and workflows is always a great place. What are you currently doing that is working well for your internal team, your InfoSec resources, and your vendor partners? Where are critical details slipping through the cracks? Identifying where roadblocks are in your current processes can help your team hone in on where to focus your strategy for 2021.


2. Work with your executive team on a top-down InfoSec strategy

Data privacy and vendor data risk management is no longer the sole responsibility of an InfoSec team. Making data security a key corporate goal across your organization should be a top KPI for any InfoSec team heading into 2021, so now is the time to plan out how this will happen. Work with your executive team to plan how this top-down focus on vendor risk and data management will roll out to your entire organization over the next few weeks.


3. Make sure your team has the right tools to be successful

Your team is only as good as your toolbox, and now is the time to make sure you have the right tools available. The tools, solutions, and resources your team uses heading into 2021 will ensure that your InfoSec team is working with top-of-the-line software and that the vendor data you’re handling is as safe and secure as possible.


Success in 2021 with Whistic

There are plenty of things on your to-do list heading into 2021, but setting your vendor risk team up for success should be at the top. With Whistic, your team can confidently rely on a best-in-class vendor security platform while giving your internal team the tools they need to eliminate roadblocks from the vendor risk management process.


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