The average company's network is accessed by 89 different vendors every week, according to a new research report that surveyed more than 600 IT decision makers at mid-sized and large enterprises -- but only a third were confident that they knew the exact number of vendors who had accessed their systems.

And the number of partners, vendors, contractors and temporary workers who require access is only increasing, said Matt Dircks, CEO at Bomgar, which sponsored the research.

Three quarters of those polled stated the number of third-party vendors used by their organization has increased in the last two years, and 71 percent believe the numbers will continue to increase in the next two years. Read more.