Vendor Diligence and Management

Third-party risk management (TPRM) and vendor due diligence

Third-party risk management (TPRM) is the process of monitoring, validating, and remediating risks presented by third-party vendors. TPRM helps ensure your vendors protect your data, comply with regulations, and provide sustainable services that meet your requirements. However, vendor risk management can be a costly and time-consuming task. Our vendor management outsourcing service (VMOS) allows your company to offload the vendor due diligence and risk assessment process. Unlike other risk management solutions and vendor management software providers, ACA's VMOS will help your company save valuable time and resources in order to focus on more strategic tasks.

Our solutions

Vendor Due Diligence

Our team administers due diligence questionnaires (DDQs), ensures vendors reply in a timely manner, and provides vendor support.

 

Analysis

Our team analyzes DDQ responses, evidence, and audits to identify vendor risks.

 

Reporting

You can track vendor diligence progress and view findings in our vendor management software platform.

Additional Advisory Services
  • On-site validation
  • On-site vendor due diligence
  • TPRM program development
  • Vendor risk ranking

 

GDPR Vendor Diligence

We can help determine if your vendors are compliant with GDPR requirements, working towards compliance, or have not considered the implications of GDPR. Our vendor management platform includes a GDPR-specific due diligence questionnaire that can be administered as a standalone questionnaire at a reduced rate, or as part of the standard ACA Aponix vendor DDQ.

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Our Vendor Management Software

Our vendor management software allows you to track DDQ progress and vendor risk assessment results. Key features include:

  • Vendor Risk Dashboard — View key metrics (e.g., vendors diligenced, progress of diligence reviews, and vendor comments)
  • Vendor Registry — View vendor data in centralized location (e.g., product lines, type of diligence performed, and contracts)
  • Vendor Risk Matrix — View all risks identified (e.g., ratings, issues), vendor communication, and mitigation/remediation activities
  • Questionnaire Status — Track the completion status of vendor DDQs and on-site reports

Why work with us?

Dedicated Team Of InfoSec Risk Analysts

Our vendor risk assessments are developed and managed by a team of information security risk analysts in ACA’s centralized, cost-effective analysis and review center (the ARC) in Pittsburgh, PA. The ARC’s dedicated VMOS team is overseen by an experienced vendor risk specialist and includes former senior managers in risk management, insider threat specialists, and data security officers from various industries, including financial services, banking, and healthcare. Over 750 clients and 2,000 vendors have chosen ACA to manage their vendor management process and mitigate third party risks.  
 

Our Vendor Risk Assessments

Our tailored, proprietary vendor due diligence questionnaires (DDQ) include over 300 questions and are customized for each vendor type to provide an accurate assessment of possible risks. Topics include:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance
  • Cyber awareness training
  • Governance
  • Physical and environmental security
  • Network security, infrastructure, and operations
  • Organizational overview and structure
  • Financials
  • Legal and compliance
  • Vendor management and oversight
  • Change management
  • Cloud services
  • Access controls
  • Mobile device management
  • Resiliency
  • Asset management
  • Data loss prevention

Why ACA?

Clients

750+

Vendors diligenced

2,500+

Latest Insights

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Hedge Fund Quarterly Update 2021 Q4

Learn more about recent regulatory developments industry insights in our Hedge Fund Quarterly Newsletter.

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SEC Proposes Amendments to Private Fund Reporting

On January 26, 2022, the SEC voted to propose amendments to Form PF. The Proposed Rule is designed to enhance the data aggregated through private fund reporting. In our most recent blog, we break down the potential impacts of the proposal and what your firm needs to know.

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Urgent Action Required: ESMA Clarifies Reporting of Short Positions Above New 0.1% Threshold

Ahead of the impending change to the European short selling reporting threshold from 0.2% to 0.1% on the 31 January 2022, ESMA has reminded firms on reporting positions of more than 0.1% held over the transition period. Learn more about the changes:

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The 2022 Ransomware White Paper

A guide that addresses what you should know, and what you should do to protect your firm, your clients, and your finances.

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2022 Broker-Dealer Regulatory Filings Calendar

We've put together a printable calendar with key FINRA regulatory filing deadlines in addition to national holidays at a glance.

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New Public Disclosure Obligations Under the IFPR: What, When and How?

On 26 November 2021, the FCA published its third and final Policy Statement, PS21/17, on the new Investment Firm Prudential Regime (IFPR), which subsequently came into force on 1 January 2022. The new prudential rules introduce more complex and onerous disclosure requirements for affected firms. Here we examine what these new obligations mean for MIFIDPRU firms.

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ACA Group Named Accounting/Due Diligence Firm of the Year by M&A Advisor

ACA Group announced today that ACA Aponix® is the recipient of the Accounting/Due Diligence Firm of the Year in the 20th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The M&A Advisor Awards are the benchmark for dealmaking excellence, recognizing the leading M&A Transactions, Restructurings, Deal Financings, Product/ Services, Firms, and Professionals.

ACA Group Selected as a RegTech100 Company for 2022

ACA is delighted to be counted among the 100 most innovative RegTech companies in the financial industry.

ACA Group Named Best Regulatory Consultancy - North America by RegTech Insight

ACA is honored to be voted Best Regulatory Consultancy - North America in the RegTech Insight Awards 2021 USA.

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Money Laundering Reporting Officer: The Role and Responsibilities - 2 February 2022

The role of the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. This reflects the statutory objective that the Regulator(s) have for ensuring that firms behave with “Integrity”, particularly relating to financial crime prevention. The MLRO therefore plays a significant role in assisting Senior management to ensure that systems and controls relating to anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the risk of terrorist financing (CTF) are appropriate and effective. This course provides practical advice and guidance on the responsibilities of the MLRO, what is expected by the Regulators, both of the Senior Management and the MLRO, and how those responsibilities can be achieved. It should be noted that attendance at this course does assume a good knowledge of the UK’s AML/CTF regulations.

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Annual Update - Senior Managers Obligations - 9 February 2022

The ever-increasing focus by the Regulators on the accountability of senior management, particularly when things go wrong, emphasises how important it is for individuals in senior positions to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. This succinct course is designed to assist Senior Managers to have a full understanding of what they need to do to achieve compliance with the rules under the obligations created by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).

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Compliance Officer: The Roles and Responsibilities - 10 February 2022

The role of the Compliance Officer is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. They play a major role in assisting Senior Management to ensure that appropriate and effective systems and controls are in place to achieve and maintain compliance with the applicable Rules. While the nature of the Compliance Function is likely to differ from one firm to another, this course provides an easy to follow breakdown of what the Regulator expects of a Compliance Officer and explains, in practical terms how the regulatory expectations and those of Senior Management can be achieved.

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