What is a "vendor" or a "3rd-party service provider"?
A "vendor" or "3rd-party service provider" is an entity (e.g., a person or a company), separate from the University, that offers something for sale. The typical types of vendor services that require an ISP vendor security assessment are technologies used to store, process, and/or transport covered data on behalf of the University, such as:
Are vendor services available to campus that have already been approved for PL1 or PL2 data?
There are several 3rd-party vendor services that are readily available to campus that have been approved for PL1 and PL2 data. Campus units that adopt these 3rd-party services for the purpose of storing and sharing covered data can be assured that these vendors meet campus policy requirements.
Campus units that utilize these services for the handling of protected data should keep in mind that careful configuration and management of these applications is required to meet campus policy standards.
The Vendor Security Assessment Program is intended to ensure that service providers who handle Protection Level 2 data on behalf of the University meet campus security policy requirements. This is achieved in two ways:
My unit is contracting with a 3rd-party service provider for the handling of campus Protection Level 2 data. The contract has already been signed, should I still engage with ISP for a vendor security assessment?
Although there is less bargaining power with the service provider to address security concerns after the contract has already been signed, it is still a good idea to perform a vendor security assessment for service providers who are handling Protection Level 2 (PL2) data: