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What is the 'Fourth Parties' module?
What is the 'Fourth Parties' module?

Learn about fourth-party risks and how it can help you understand your risk exposure.

Abi Tyas Tunggal avatar
Written by Abi Tyas Tunggal
Updated over a week ago

Fourth Parties help you understand your fourth-party risk exposure by automatically uncovering your most common fourth parties. Fourth parties are a critical area of risk in your supply chain that could impact your business in the event of a breach or other cyber attack.

Most organizations rely on their third-party vendors to monitor their fourth parties. But without a clear understanding of your fourth-party risk exposure, outages, disruptions, and breaches can threaten your organization. You may even be liable for data loss.

In short, without understanding your fourth parties it is difficult to achieve any level of cyber resilience.

It highlights each fourth party’s security rating, the number of their products used, and the number of your vendors using them. By default, the most popular fourth parties appear first.

You can also view fourth parties by product. This view shows which products are being used, the vendor, and their security rating, product category, and the number of your vendors using the product. By default, the most popular products appear first.

In summary, the fourth parties module is designed to provide in-depth information about fourth-party vendors to help you plan for disaster recovery, assess downstream impacts, and streamline breach response. UpGuard customers use fourth parties risk to:

  • Add fourth parties to their list of continuously monitored vendors

  • Validate assessment responses from third parties on the use of fourth parties

  • Enforce or update contract terms limiting third parties from using fourth parties

  • Adjust their business continuity and disaster recovery plans

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