The 2016 Vendor Vulnerability Index surveyed more than 600 IT and Security professionals responsible for third-party access to their networks to get an understanding of how vulnerable companies are to cyberattacks via third-party vendors.

External vendors, outsourcers and contractors play a vital and growing role in organizations, but represent a knotty network that organizations struggle to appraise and manage. With all of the recent data breaches, third-party vendors have been identified as a major target for attackers, earning vendor vulnerability a top place on the security gaps list.