Building a Third-Party Risk Management Program: 10 Critical Decisions

Our new start-up guide will help you navigate key decisions when starting (or fixing) your TPRM program.
July 22, 2021
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Starting or taking over a third-party risk management (TPRM) program can be a great career opportunity, especially as vendor data breaches and supply chain disruptions continue to make headlines. However, owning a TPRM practice is not for the faint of heart.

If you’re charged with running a TPRM program, then you may have hundreds or thousands of vendors, suppliers, and other partners to assess – each posing a unique set of risks to your organization. It’s no wonder that many third-party risk professionals have a tough time determining where to start, what to ask, and what to do with the results.

Prevalent is here to help. We’ve tapped into 17+ years of experience in third-party risk management to identify the most critical decisions you’ll need to make when establishing (or fixing) your TPRM program.

Start-Up Guide: 10 Steps to Building a Successful TPRM Program

This 13-page guide will help you navigate key decisions when starting (or fixing) your TPRM program.

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Navigate Key Third-Party Risk Management Decisions

Our new start-up guide, 10 Steps to Building a Successful Third-Party Risk Management Program, answers questions including:

  • Who should be involved in TPRM decisions?
  • How do you identify and catalog your third-party universe?
  • What logic should be used to categorize and prioritize vendors?
  • What is the best way to collect risk information from third parties?
  • What model should be used to identify and prioritize risks?
  • What controls are most critical to report against and how do you validate them?
  • Where do you find the best risk monitoring intelligence to gut-check assessment results?
  • What are the right key performance indicators and key risk indicators to track?
  • How should you evaluate your program?

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From inventorying third parties and selecting the right assessment approach, to determining which vendors are the riskiest and evaluating their performance, this best-practice guide covers everything you need to start your TPRM program – or get it back on track.

Download the guide now or schedule a one-on-one strategy session with one of Prevalent’s third-party risk management professionals today


Prevalent takes the pain out of third-party risk management (TPRM). Companies use our software and services to eliminate the security and compliance exposures that come from working with vendors and suppliers throughout the third-party lifecycle. Our customers benefit from a flexible, hybrid approach to TPRM, where they not only gain solutions tailored to their needs, but also realize a rapid return on investment. Regardless of where they start, we help our customers stop the pain, make informed decisions, and adapt and mature their TPRM programs over time.

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