My first piece for http://theanalogiesproject.org Using the hard decisions involved in choosing childcare, to focus in on the enormous and growing challenge governing 3rd party security.
“Your confidential data can be seen as your baby. It may be, in the case of customer data and data from partner companies, your adopted baby, but whichever way you look at it you are accountable for the safety of that cherished product of your labours.
No matter how well you protect and govern protection of data in-house, it is always a leap of faith handing that data over to a third party. Everyone in the industry knows that open, co-operative relationships are necessary to achieve a successful, secure outcome. So why do most companies still under-govern or over-govern suppliers and consistently report issues with underperformance, poor security or a general lack of trust?”
You can find the full analogy here.