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Jumpstart your third-party security risk management program using the HECVAT. Work together with people inside and outside your organization to protect sensitive data.
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Easily manage continuous third-party security risk assessments

Raise risk awareness

Everyone inside and outside the organization owns the assessment process

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Identify security gaps and trends across third-party vendors

Assess vendor security efficiently
Evaluate third-party vendor security practices with HECVAT questionnaires. Measure them against different security frameworks, and collect and manage evidence.
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  • Assessment dashboard
  • External access links
Build trust with a central record
Easily track third-party vendor relationships across your organization. Keep a record of their products and how they handle critical data.
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  • Permission and ownership tracking
  • Deployment tracking
  • Data classification tracking
Risk Register & Reports
Make better decisions, together
Collaborate with vendors in Isora to identify, measure and track any security gaps. Develop a data-driven approach based on insightful reports and scorecards.
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  • Risk findings reports
  • CSV & PDF exports
  • Risk ownership tracking
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What is Higher Education Community Vendor Assessment Toolkit (HECVAT)?

The Higher Education Community Vendor Assessment Toolkit (HECVAT) is a standardized questionnaire developed by the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) to streamline the process of evaluating and assessing the data security and privacy capabilities of third-party vendors within the higher education sector.

Who needs to implement HECVAT?

HECVAT is primarily implemented by higher education institutions to assess the security and privacy practices of their third-party vendors, particularly those who handle sensitive student, faculty, or institutional data. It is used by university and college IT and procurement teams to ensure that vendors comply with the institution’s data protection standards and to mitigate potential cybersecurity risks. Additionally, vendors serving the higher education sector are encouraged to complete HECVAT assessments to demonstrate their commitment to security and to streamline the vendor evaluation process for potential higher education clients.

How can a GRC Assessment Platform help with the HECVAT?

A GRC Assessment Platform like Isora supports higher education institutions in building a comprehensive Third-Party Security Risk Management (TPSRM) program using the HECVAT framework. By utilizing Isora, institutions can maintain a detailed inventory of their third-party vendors and associated deployments, along with relevant evidence, which is crucial for effective risk management. The platform allows for the customization of HECVAT questionnaires to align with specific institutional needs, enabling targeted security risk assessments of third-party vendors. This systematic approach not only streamlines the assessment process but also enhances the institution’s ability to manage and mitigate risks associated with their third-party relationships, thereby strengthening their overall security posture.

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