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Establishing a proof of concept (PoC) with a third party presents several security challenges, including granting access to network resources and sensitive data. This piece explains how to balance the needs of the business and security by establishing policies, procedures and resources for safe and effective PoCs.
We suggest the security and sourcing team establish an initial risk assessment to discern the level of risk the third-party PoC presents to the organization. Consider incorporating
the following questions into the PoC risk assessment prior to moving forward:
Next, establish access required for the PoC. Typically, most PoCs falls into three categories:
Once you understand the access required for the PoC, you need to secure it. At a minimum, consider:
Specific vendor risk management principles should be established prior to commencing with the PoC. Ensuring the prospective vendor does not have excessive
access to network resources and data should be a priority. These risks can be mitigated by:
Successful, secure PoCs require striking a balance of security and productivity, so the business can meet its objectives and continue to conform with security policy.
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