Two recent reports highlight the security and privacy threats posed by third-party vendors. The reports examine company's procedures for handling third-party vendor permissions and the ability of companies to track these vendors' activities.

One of the reports, in surveying IT and security professionals in the U.S., U.K., Germany and France, found that more than two-thirds (69 percent) of organizations surveyed said they may have been breached in the last year as a result of vendor access. The Vendor Vulnerability report, conducted by the remote desktop company Bomgar, found that companies have on average 89 vendors accessing their network every week. Read more.