With the widespread use of third-party contractors and agencies, there is a larger scope for security risks associated with it. Therefore, businesses must initiate certain regulations to facilitate better third-party access governance.

FREMONT, CA: Despite having a way into a secure perimeter, third-party identities do not go through the same level of inspection as employees and internal staff. Often, these identities are not part of the corporate identity store and authentication directory. They access the business assets via shared accounts, generic accounts, or hotel IDs. These accounts and details are shared between multiple users. Although many organisations have identity management solutions, most of the facilities are not designed to manage the complexity of governing third-party identities. Therefore, businesses must initiate certain methods to improve third-party access governance.

Consolidate Third-Party Organisations

Developing an identity lifecycle management programme for third parties begins with consolidating third parties into a record system. This method captures the relevant information regarding an organisation before granting access to third-party users. Companies must gather an accurate list of all third-party relationships. Procurement will be a better place to start since many third parties have contractual relationships. Additionally, organisations should appoint a sponsor inside the company to handle communications with each third party. Finally, there is a need to examine the contract text to determine the third parties' obligations for the fast administration of identification access for their joiners, movers, and leavers. By requiring swift disclosure of breaches by third parties, businesses can act rapidly to reduce the potential consequences.

Create Vetting and Risk-Aware Onboarding Process

To ensure the users are legitimate and the onboarding process follows the concept of least privilege, companies and third parties must determine a workflow for vetting and onboarding third-party users. Third-party users must be granted the proper access to only finish their given tasks. Therefore, businesses should make role definitions specific to the actual roles and avoid duplicating them as functions are similar. A self-service portal to request access is necessary, providing the required documentation support in gathering information for third-party vetting and ID proofing. This will accelerate vetting and provisioning processes, enabling the user to improve and become productive. Moreover, a clear workflow between the company sponsor and third-party administrator reduces phone calls and emails that slow down the process.

Refine and Define Policies and Controls

Companies and third-party organisations must define and constantly optimise policies and controls to discern potential violations and decrease false positives to help reduce administrative workloads. Gradually, teams can implement auto-remediation to increase efficiency. They must also monitor the policies and controls regularly. Administering periodic access reviews and ongoing certifications will ensure users are not over-provisioned and prevent the exploitation of abandoned accounts.

Establish Compliance Controls for the Entire Workforce

Acquiring third parties is becoming important with several regulatory frameworks and is emerging as a pivotal aspect for auditors. Companies should bring all third-party access under a single compliance process that workers undergo. This will enable a consistent structure across all employees and ensure that security teams can swiftly minimise breaches. Compliance controls, user type, and auto-remediation policies can be performed to take rapid action on non-compliant identities.