A third-party vendor is an organization, entity, business, or person you’ve entered into an agreement to provide a service or product on your behalf.
But even vendors have vendors, also known as sub-processors in the world of GDPR. You don’t have a direct relationship with them nor do you have a contract with them specifically. However, they are relevant to your risk assessment nonetheless. Via your third-party vendor, fourth-party vendors end up with access to your data – and your clients’ data.
And if they experience issues, it can impact your business operations and your clients’ security. These problems can be as temporary as a service outage or as impactful as a data breach.
Either way, you need to know that these vendors are doing their part to stay compliant.